If you're wondering how to make hummus, then this easy hummus recipe is what you're looking for. It's simple and delicious just as it is, but it's so easy to make a few changes here and there to make it perfect for you.
So what exactly is hummus? Well, it's basically a chick pea puree, with a few extra ingredients thrown in. And it's awesome.
Hummus goes great with all sorts of snacks. It makes a delicious dip for tortilla chips, pita chips, and tons of different vegetables. Cucumber slices make it nice and refreshing!
Be sure to check out the Tips section – it has plenty of good advice on how to make the hummus just right for you!
And here it is, a great recipe for hummus that's always a hit!
Drain the chick peas, reserving about 1/2 cup of the liquid.
Place the chick peas and liquid in the blender along with the tahini, lemon juice, garlic and salt.
Blend the mixture until it's creamy.
Place the hummus in a serving dish. And you're done!
If you prefer to use dried chick peas instead of canned, you can do that. Go ahead and soak 1 cup of dried chick peas in water for 8 hours or overnight. Then simmer them in fresh water for about an hour or two, or until they're as tender as you like.
They should be about as tender as ones you get in a can. Hummus needs soft chick peas or it can be pretty grainy.
You can use the cooking liquid as a substitute for the liquid in the can.
You may need to add a bit of extra salt if you do this. Canned chick peas usually have some salt in them.
The quantities in this easy hummus recipe are very, very tweakable. Everyone likes their hummus a little differently, and making just a few adjustments to this recipe can make it just right for you.
I really like this hummus' consistency, but if you like it thicker or thinner, then adjust the amount of liquid you save from the chick peas. You can start with 1/4 of a cup, and then add a bit more if it's too thick for you.
I usually use the juice from one lemon. I measured it out in case you wanted an exact measurement, but you can easily add or remove a tablespoon. The best thing to do is to taste it and adjust if you don't like it.
You can use anywhere from 2 to 4 tablespoons of tahini. Try it with less, then add a little bit more if you feel your hummus needs it.
Tahini is a sesame seed paste. You can get it in a lot of grocery stores, but if you have trouble finding some, you should be able to find it in a health food store.
Sometimes the oil in tahini can separate from the paste. That's totally okay. Just stir it if you can, or try to get a bit of oil and a bit of paste when you're measuring out the tahini.
Instead of a regular blender, you can use an immersion blender. It makes cleaning up after this easy hummus recipe even easier!
If you want your hummus to have a little extra kick, try sprinkling it with some cumin seeds or some cayenne pepper.
If you like, you can save a few chick peas for garnish. Just arrange them on top of the hummus when it's done. If you're using dried peas, be sure to garnish with cooked chick peas – it's better if the garnish is edible!