I will proudly say that hummus, a Middle Eastern spread made of blended chickpeas and tahini, is my favorite food, and it is very simple and rewarding to make it at home. With only a few ingredients, you can whip up a batch of homemade hummus quickly and easily any time, for a healthy snack, a dip to serve to guests, or a substitute for mayo on sandwiches. (Or try these falafel sandwiches).
For this recipe you will need to find some Tahini which is sesame seed paste. I first purchased this from a Asian foods market, but I have seen it at Whole Foods and a few other grocery stores around my area. Tahini usually comes in a pretty large jar, but it has a long shelf life and can also be used to make sauces and dressings, so it is definitely a product worth having at home.
As this is a basic hummus recipe, you can easily add in your own herbs, spices, and veggies to make your very own homemade hummus. I mixed some Croatian Ajvar (a roasted red pepper and eggplant spread pictured below) into mine to make a garlicky, roasted red pepper hummus.
Here are some other great additions I have done in the past:
– 2 tbsp cup chopped basil
– 2 additional garlic cloves (add-in with the first two cloves of garlic)
– 1/2 tsp of Sriracha sauce, or other hot sauce
– 2 tbsp cup scallions
– 1 extra lemon
– 1 tsp paprika (or just sprinkle this over the top for a smokey flavor)
– 2 tbsp cup thyme (this pairs really well with crackers)
– 1 roughly chopped sun-dried tomato
– 2 tbsp cup cilantro, and half a jalapeno
– 2 tbsp cup of parsley
*Add additional ingredients into the food processor after the paste has been made, and before the water is incorporated.
What would you add into your hummus? Have you tried any of these or a combination of the two? What are your favorites?
- 1 can/box Chickpeas
- 2 cloves Garlic
- 4 tbsp Lemon Juice
- 3 tbsp Tahini
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil (I used Cold Pressed)
- 1 tsp Salt
- 2-3 tbsp Water
- Roughly chop the garlic, and rinse and drain the chickpeas. Add garlic and chickpeas to the food processor (you could also do this in a blender) and pulse until the garlic and chickpeas are chunky yet smooth.
- Add in the tahini, lemon juice, and salt and blend for a minute or so.
- Start to slowly incorporate the olive oil, pulsing the mixture while adding. Once everything is added in, mix for another minute or two until the mixture becomes thick like pictured above.
- Add in any additional ingredients at this point and pulse until these add-ins are well incorporated, if using.
- Finally, slowly start adding in the water while pulsing, until the hummus is a desired consistency.
- Garnish with some additional olive oil on top, and maybe a sprinkle of paprika.