Hummus is undoubtedly a food of the gods. Creamy. Beautifully seasoned with garlic, cumin, tahina, lemon and olive oil. Ready to dip with fresh pita or veggies or use on a sandwich or pizza instead of mayonnaise or cheese. It’s easy to make and versatile. This recipe makes quite a bit. Consider halving it.
Hummus – the Recipe
(Makes 1 – 2 Quarts)
- Dried chickpeas, 1 lb.
- Garlic, 2 tsp. or 2 lg. cloves
- Tahina, 1 cup
- Lemons, 1/2 cup juice, about 2 lg. lemons
- Extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 cup
- Bean liquid, 1/2 – 2 cups, depending on how much water beans absorbed during cooking (dilute bean liquid with water if too strong)
- Sea salt, 2 scant tsp
- Cumin, 2 tsp.
- Szeged hot paprika, 1 tsp.
- Wash and cook the chickpeas (in unsalted water in a pot until tender, maybe up to two hours – 40 minutes under pressure in an Instant Pot and natural release). For smoother hummus, soak for a little while in some baking soda, drain, and add a bit more baking soda to the water in the cookpot.
- When the beans are cooked, pour them into a strainer over a bowl this time so the bean liquid drains into the bowl. Reserve the liquid.
- Place the drained chickpeas into a food processor.
- Add all other ingredients except reserved bean liquid to the food processor bowl (garlic, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, tahina, seasonings).
- Have the reserved bean liquid ready in a cup with a pour spout. If it is too dense, dilute it with water.
- Run the food processor briefly, and then beginning adding bean liquid, no more than 1/2 cup at a time, through the feed tube.
- Let processor run for a minute, scrape down the sides and let run for another minute, adding liquid as needed.
- When desired consistency is reached, let processor run for 2-5 minutes more to make the hummus as smooth as possible.
- Remove hummus from processor, put on a plate, garnish with olive oil, parsley, paprika, sumac, za’atar or additional chickpeas as desired.
I like to serve this delicious hummus at room temperature or even slightly warmed with toasted Lebanese pita. Hummus is a wonderful, vegan, protein-rich addition to any sandwich or meal.