I love hummus. I use it as a spread on sandwiches, wraps and even made a bread with it. But never made hummus myself at home -- I wonder why!! All it needs is 2 main ingredients -- chickpeas and tahini and that's all you need to make this creamy and delicious dip.
This recipe is from Vegetarian Times magazine. The recipe is a little unusual in that it uses warm chickpeas -- the author says the heat helps cut the garlic's acidity. It is best to make the hummus from scratch using dried chickpeas (instructions on how to cook chickpeas from scratch are included at the end of the post).
This basic hummus is creamy-smooth and is lightly flavored with tahini. Add more tahini for a more full bodied flavor. This classsic version can be doctored up by adding other flavorings like roasted red pepper, sundried tomato, roasted garlic etc.
Recipe from Vegetarian Times magazine:
- 2 cups Chickpeas chickpeas , cooked or about 1½cans of that are rinsed, drained and warmed in the microwave
- ¼ cup Lemon juice
- 1 clove Garlic
- ¼ cup Tahini , more if needed
- to taste Salt Pepper &
- Puree warm chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic and ¼cup of water in a food processor 3~4 minutes, or until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl if needed.
- Add tahini and puree 2 more minutes or until the mixture has the consistency of soft cream cheese, adding 1~2tbsp more water, if necessary. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle some paprika and drizzle olive oil on top. Serve with pita bread, tabbouleh and falafel.
- How to cook Chickpeas from Scratch: Rinse and drain dried chickpeas and soak them for 8 hours or overnight. I wasn't too prepared to make this dish, so I soaked the chickpeas in hot water and kept changing the water every 1 hour and the chickpeas were nice and soft in about 5~6 hours.
- Drain soaked chickpeas, then rinse and drain again. Place the chickpeas in a large pot with 10 cups of water, bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer 90 minutes. Stir in 1tsp baking soda, if desired, after the first 1 hour to get creamy smooth chickpeas. Remove from heat, cover pot and let stand for 30 minutes. Skim off any chickpeas that have floated on top. Drain well.
- I usually pressure cook my chickpeas which gets done with much less water and in much less time.