I love hummus! Do you love hummus? I think everyone loves hummus!
I actually ignore the hummus display at the grocery store because it is sooooo tempting. All of the flavors are mouth watering, but they come at a hefty price tag! My favorite variety, the Tribe Forty Spice, I can’t even find locally! A runner up, Sabra Supremely Spicy, is $4.99 for a 10 oz (I think) container. I can make double that amount for about $1!
Making hummus at home is simple, and there’s no limit to the flavors you can create.
To make hummus, you’ll need a blender or a food processor. The main ingredient is a can or chick peas/garbanzo beans. Sure, you can just dump the in the blender, but the key to making super smooth hummus is peeling the skins off of the garbanzo beans. It takes a bit more time to peel off all of those skins but it makes a world of difference in texture. To peel off the skins, just squeeze towards one end of the chickpea between two fingers. The skin should pop right off.
Another key ingredent in hummus is tahini (aka sesame paste). You can buy this is most mainstream grocery stores. Its usually $7 or $8 for a jar, but you will only use a tablespoon or two in each hummus batch. A great way to get tahini for a bit cheaper is to buy it at a mediteranean food store. The same goes for spices!
As for the process of actually making the hummus, like I said, it is very simple. First, I blend the chick peas and some of the liquid. Next, I add the spices. Finally, I slowly add liquid until the hummus reaches the perfect consistency.
Hummus with a Hint of Lemon & GarlicIngredients
- 1 can, 15.5 oz, garbanzo beans/chick peas
- 3 Tbs lemon juice
- 2 Tbs tahini
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 Tbs olive oil
- Drain the garbanzo beans, saving the liquid from the can. Remove and discard the clear skins from the garbanzo beans.
- Add the garbanzo beans and lemon juice to the bowl of a food processor or blender and mix until smooth. If the mixture is dry, add some of the reserved liquid from the can of garbanzo beans.
- When the garbanzo beans are completely mashed, add the tahini, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and olive oil. Mix again until completely combined.
- Check the consistency of the hummus. If you’d like it to be smooth or more liquid slowly add more of the reserved liquid until the hummus reaches the desired consistency.