Hummus

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Hummus, also spelled as houmous, is a middle eastern dip made from cooked chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans), tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and salt. Chickpeas are high in protein and hummus is great when used as a dip for raw vegetables such as bell peppers, carrots, or celery.

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Hummus is easy to make yourself from scratch, if you own a blender, which is of course better than buying it store-bought. The good think about making it from scratch is that you can tune the flavor exactly the way you like it. Here is my version. I’ve used cooked chickpeas from a can as that is very good quality, but of course you could also cook dried chickpeas yourself.

Ingredients

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For about 500 ml (2 cups) of hummus

2 cans cooked chickpeas, drained and liquid reserved

2 Tbsp tahini (sesame paste)

juice of 1 lemon

4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

2 cloves garlic, peeled and green part removed

For garnish

paprika powder

minced parsley

extra virgin olive oil for drizzling

Instructions

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Combine 2 cans chickpeas, 2 Tbsp tahini, 2 cloves garlic, the juice of a lemon, a teaspoon of ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper, 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, and 4 tablespoons of liquid from the chickpeas in the blender.

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Blend, using the tamper to help the blending process.

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Add more of the reserved liquid from the chickpeas as needed to get a smooth puree.

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Keep blending until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt, pepper, lemon juice, cumin, or tahini.

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To serve, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle with paprika and minced parsley.

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24 thoughts on “Hummus

  1. I’ll add an extra spelling: hommus – well, if I do buy because of hurry, that is what is on the label of most of the kinds here 🙂 ! Absolutely love the stuff: no, no, I do not necessarily use it as a dip but as a substitute for butter on bread, toast and flatbread – works marvellously well with most of the fillings I use! Tinned chickpeas are fine for this methinks, but I DO wash the extra salt off them before use . . .

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  2. Sounds great, Stefan. I have to confess. I’ve never prepared hummus. When entertaining, I’ve always relied upon the kindness of others. Friends who ask what they should bring are told, “Hummus.” Works like a charm. I really should get some chickpeas, though, and make a batch following your recipe. I’ll bring it to a friend’s home when I’m invited for dinner. 🙂

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  3. Hi Stefan, I quite often make a batch at home. Especially when I’ve got some really peppery olive oil in. Have you heard about the trick with the chickpeas that makes the best hummus by far. I say trick, it’s more like shave labour. In that all the skins of the chickpeas need to be removed. Otherwise they can leave a slight bitter flavour.

    I have done it, only on a very small scale and it does make a difference sadly!

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  4. I’ve never used chickpea cooking liquid, or any liquid besides olive oil to puree the legumes. It’s probably “healthier” although mine has never tasted oily. I’d love for you to try my suggestion. Use white beans, similar to Canneloni beans for your next hummus. Here I get Great Northern Beans. They much softer than garbanzos, and make a creamier hummus. In fact, I really dislike hummus at restaurants that is dry and mealy. I also make white bean dips instead of hummus, which I actually prefer over the traditional tahini and lemon version. Some spices, or a little fresh rosemary, or roasted red bell peppers, or whatever, and every time you have a different kind of dip! Plus you never have to peel these white beans!

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    1. Hi Mimi, the canned garbanzos I used made for a very creamy hummus, definitely not dry and mealy. I wonder what those restaurants do, perhaps not use olive oil at all? I’ll definitely try it with white beans though, thanks for the suggestion.

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          1. I guess I’ll have to go to the Middle East and see what hummus is like there! Maybe it’s supposed to be on the drier side, but I certainly don’t like it that way!

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  5. I used to make hummus for my coworkers in Vancouver. I haven’t made it in a long time now and have never posted on my blog about it. Which is weird, because I love thing thing. Kenji has a great post on hummus making. I wonder if you’ve read it.

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