Simple Hummus

My favorite condiment? Sauce? Spread? However, you describe it, it is one of my favorites. Whether I’m using it as a dip, a spread for my morning eggs and toast, or incorporating it into pasta, hummus is a great go-to for a snack or a meal.

Over the years, it’s becoming increasingly popular with grocery and even convenience shops offering it. Despite being an affordable grocery store purchase, it’s even way cheaper to make your own at home. Also, it generally tastes a lot better and you can add more of your favorite spices to it.

Here is my easy recipe for traditional hummus. You can find most of the ingredients at your main supermarket. The tahini may be more tricky to find, but your middle eastern shops would have it for sure. Tahini is another kitchen staple as you can use it for more than just making hummus. It’s also great for making roast veggies.

As for equipment, you will need a food processor or blender. It is just so much easier to blend and breakdown all the ingredients. Food processors are well worth the investment. They are fairly inexpensive and you can use it from making hummus to oat flour to chopping nuts and creating falafels, a well worth kitchen investment.

The best part of making hummus is that you can add whatever you like to. Roast beets? Mint leaves? Roast peppers? Use this recipe as a base and feel free to experiment and expand the mix of spice, herbs, and ingredients for hummus. Who knows, you could even come up with the popular hummus flavor. 😉

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas (16oz)
  • 2 tsp of cumin
  • 3 tbsps of lemon juice
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil plus some extra
  • ¼ cup of tahini
  • 1/8 cup of water
  • Paprika for topping (optional)
  • Parsley for topping (optional)
  • Extra olive oil for topping (optional)

Method:

  1. Drain and rinse the can of chickpeas. You want to make sure that you get rid of all the can liquid and clean your chickpeas.
  2. In the food processor place the chickpeas, tahini, salt, cumin, lemon juice, and 1/3 of a cup of olive oil. Blend.
  3. At one point most of the ingredients will be blended with some chunks. Add the water. Then resume blending until smooth. Check the mix for your desired consistency. If you would like it to be thinner gradually add water and olive oil until you reach your desired consistency.
  4. Serve it with a topping of paprika, parsley, and some more olive oil. You can serve it as a dip, add it to your pita sandwiches, incorporate it into a pasta sauce, however you like to humus.
  5. Store in the fridge and it’ll last up to a week.

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