The Best Hummus Recipe
(Made in 3 Minutes)
If you asked me what hummus was 5 years ago, I would say, “I have no idea.” In Russia or Kazakhstan, it was something exotic, something you couldn’t buy in the shop. I don’t know if the situation has changed since I left, but I tried hummus for the first time at my cousin’s house in Germany. Since then, it has become one of my favourite spreads or dips along with baba ganoush.
History of Fluffy Hummus
Once upon a time in the Middle East, there was a delicious dip that was known as “hummus.” This creamy, flavorful dip was made of chickpeas, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice – a combination that was loved by many.
The origins of hummus are somewhat disputed. Some say that it was first made in ancient Egypt, while others claim that it originated in Syria or Lebanon. But one thing is for sure: hummus has been enjoyed for thousands of years, long before it became a trendy food item in the West.
Despite its long history, hummus has only recently gained popularity in the West. But now, it seems like everyone and their grandmother is a hummus fan. In fact, there are hummus-themed restaurants and cafes popping up all over the place.
So the next time you dip your pita bread into a bowl of creamy hummus, remember that you’re part of a long and storied culinary tradition. And if anyone tells you that hummus is overrated, just tell them that they don’t know chickpeas about good food!
So here is my favourite and super easy hummus recipe, I hope you enjoy!
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Homemade Hummus Ingredients
- Canned chickpeas (drained and rinsed): 150 g
- Plain tahini paste: 2 tbsp
- Garlic cloves: 1
- Fresh lemon juice: 1 lemon
- Extra-virgin olive oil: 1 tbsp
- Salt: ½ tsp
- Smoked paprika: ½ tsp
- Cold water: 50 ml
How to Make Hummus From Scratch
1.First, grab a can of chickpeas (150 g) and give them a good rinse. Now, get out your food processor or blender and toss the chickpeas in, along with 2 tablespoons of tahini paste, 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and 1 minced clove of garlic. To really take this smooth hummus recipe to the next level, add ½ teaspoon of salt.
2. Now, turn on the food processor and let it rip until everything is smooth and creamy.
3.With the motor still running, slowly pour in 2-3 tablespoons of water and 1-2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil. Keep blending until the mixture is silky and lush.
4. Now, take a moment to taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. Once you’re happy with the flavour, transfer the hummus to a bowl, cover it up, and let it chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
5. Finally, it’s time to dig in! Put it on a serving plate, decorate with some toasted sesame seeds and chopped fresh parsley, grab some pita bread, veggie sticks, or crackers, and scoop up a generous amount of your homemade hummus. One bite and you’ll be transported to hummus heaven!
So there you have it – a super easy hummus recipe for the creamiest, dreamiest hummus in town. It’s sure to be a hit at your next party, or even just for a cosy night in.
Fresh Chickpeas Versus Canned Chickpeas
Fresh chickpeas are a great option if you want to make homemade hummus from scratch using whole ingredients. They have a slightly nuttier and fresher taste compared to canned chickpeas, and they can give your hummus a creamier texture.
However, using fresh chickpeas requires a bit more effort since you’ll need to soak them in water overnight and cook them first. This can be time-consuming, but if you have the time, it can be a rewarding and delicious way to adjust this hummus recipe. Cooked chickpeas bring it to a whole new level.
Canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans), on the other hand, are a convenient option that can save you time and effort. They are already cooked and easy to find at your local grocery store. While they may not have the same taste as using fresh chickpeas, they are still a great option for making hummus. Canned chickpeas can produce a slightly grainier texture in hummus compared to fresh chickpeas, but this can easily be remedied by blending the mixture for a longer period of time.
Ways To Serve and Use Hummus
Hummus is a versatile dip that can be used in many ways. Here are some delicious ideas for how to serve and use hummus:
- As a dip: Serve hummus as a dip with pita bread, veggie sticks, crackers, or even a Turkish simit.
- As a spread: Spread hummus on a sandwich or wrap for an added boost of flavor and protein.
- In salads: Use hummus as a salad dressing or mix it into a salad for extra creaminess and flavour.
- With roasted vegetables: Drizzle hummus over roasted vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, or carrots for a delicious and healthy side dish.
- As a pasta sauce: Mix hummus with some of the water used to cook the pasta to create a creamy sauce for your favorite pasta dish.
- As a protein source: Use hummus as a healthy and tasty protein source in your meals. Spread it on toast for a quick and easy breakfast or use it as a dip for hard-boiled eggs.
Experimenting with Hummus Flavours
Making hummus can be a fun and creative process. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Roasted red pepper hummus: Add roasted red peppers to your classic hummus recipe for a sweet and smoky flavour.
- Spicy hummus: Mix in some cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes for a spicy kick.
- Garlic hummus: Increase the amount of garlic in your recipe for a stronger garlic flavour.
- Sun-dried tomato hummus: Add sun-dried tomatoes to your classic hummus recipe for a tangy and sweet flavor.
- Coriander lime hummus: Add fresh coriander and lime juice to your hummus for a zesty flavour.
- Roasted garlic and herb hummus: Roast garlic cloves in the oven with olive oil and herbs like rosemary, thyme, or oregano, then add them to your hummus recipe for a savoury and earthy flavor.
- Beet hummus: Mix roasted beets into your hummus for a vibrant and slightly sweeter flavour.
- Curry hummus: Add curry powder to your hummus to give it a little kick and create a warm and spicy flavour.
- Pumpkin hummus: Mix in canned pumpkin puree, along with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, for a fall-inspired hummus flavour that you can’t go wrong with.
To experiment with hummus flavours, start with small amounts of each ingredient and taste as you go. Adjust the seasoning to your liking and have fun exploring different combinations of flavours.
If you love this easy hummus recipe…
If you love this homemade hummus recipe, then you’re in for a treat! Why not expand your horizons and check out some other Turkish recipes?
You can try your hand at making baba ganoush, a smoky aubergine dip that’s creamy and delicious. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can give manti a try – yummy Turkish dumplings that are bursting with flavour. Or make your own Turkish-style pizza – pide! You can even make a Turkish dessert like homemade baklava to inspire mouth-watering envy.
The possibilities are endless, and with a little bit of experimentation, you’ll be able to discover new and exciting recipes that you’ll love. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get dipping!