Pre-made Hummus can be purchased from most supermarkets but you can make your own using our easy Hummus recipe, which is rather easy to make. This high fiber spread is a great addition to a vegetarian diet and can be eaten on days when you aren’t eating any meat protein.
Mainly made in North Africa, in countries like Morocco and Egypt, hummus is well known as a spread or dip in North America. It is made from chickpeas which are a staple in most North African kitchens. You can purchase it ready made at your local grocery store but why not make your own from scratch? It takes little time to prepare and it makes a healthy snack as well.
EASY HUMMUS RECIPE
- 1 grinder
- 1 bowl
- 2 cups soaked chickpeas
- 1 tbsp garlic, minced
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup tahini
- ½ lemon (juiced)
- salt & pepper to season
- 3 tbsp flat leaf parsley, finely chopped(optional)
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- In a blender, mix all ingredients into a smooth paste.
- Place in the refrigerator to chill and to allow the flavours to mix, for at least an hour before using.
- Serve on crisp crackers or on wedges of pita bread.
- Serve as a dip with freshly cut vegetables.
- Use in place of mayonnaise when making a wrap or a sandwich.
Cooking Tips for Perfecting Your Easy Hummus
- Taste as You Go: As you blend the ingredients, taste along the way. Adjust the quantities of lemon juice, tahini, garlic, and spices to your preference.
- Use High-Quality Ingredients: Choose the best quality chickpeas, tahini, and olive oil you can find. Quality ingredients translate to better flavor.
- Tahini Mixing: Stir the tahini well before using. It tends to separate, and a thorough mix ensures a consistent flavor and texture.
- Chickpea Prep: If you have the time, remove the skins from the chickpeas for an ultra-smooth texture. While optional, it does make a noticeable difference.
- Blending Techniques: Start with the liquids (lemon juice, olive oil, tahini) at the bottom of the blender to help the blades move more efficiently through the mixture.
- Adding Water: If your hummus turns out too thick, add a little water, a tablespoon at a time, to reach your desired consistency.
- Play with Flavors: Feel free to experiment with additional ingredients like roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, or fresh herbs for unique variations.
- Texture Adjustments: For a chunkier hummus, pulse the blender a few times instead of continuous blending.
- Citrus Zest: If you love a tangy kick, consider adding a bit of lemon zest to enhance the lemon flavor.
- Garnish Creatively: Sprinkle paprika, cumin, chopped herbs, or even a drizzle of balsamic vinegar for added visual and flavor appeal.