Hummus, like Tabbouleh, has become increasingly popular in the US in the last 10 years. People have spent countless dollars on buying it in many different flavors, when in fact, it's incredibly easy to make at home (and much less expensive).
Hummus is made from just a few flavorful ingredients: Garbanzo beans, Tahini, which is ground sesame seed paste, garlic, lemon juice, and some Olive Oil and Sumac (or Paprika) for garnish. You can play around with flavors by adding olives, hot and spicy chili paste (or the peppers themselves), and pine nuts to name a few. You can also play up the garlic or lemon juice, depending on your preference.
But beware, if you add additional ingredients, then the measurements in this recipe will likely not apply. As always, taste as you go and blend/process after each addition to check flavor and consistency.
This delicious dish can be served as (or part of) a main meal, side dish, definitely a snack, great for BBQ's and cookouts and even pot lucks!
Traditionally, it's eaten with fresh Pita, but some of my favorites include leaves of Romain lettuce, Pita chips, and pretzels. Or, you can just dive in with a spoon :)
Once you start making your own Hummus, you'll NEVER buy it again, I promise! :)
Note - taste as you go, because it's easy to add too much of something and ruin a batch, but it's much easier to add more flavor in small bits as you puree.
1 (15 oz) can Garbanzo beans, drained, and reserve about 5-10 beans for garnish *
½ cup Tahini
½ cup Lemon juice
1 - 3 cloves Garlic
½ - 1 tsp Salt
Finely chopped parsley or whole leaves of fresh mint for garnish
Sprinkle of Sumac or Paprika for garnish
3 Tbsp Olive Oil for garnish
* If using dried beans, soak ½ to 1 cup over night in cold water with 1 tsp baking soda. In morning, drain and rinse very well. Cook in fresh water about 30 minutes, or until soft. Reserve the water to help liquify Hummus when necessary.
1. In a food processor or blender, process beans first, then add and process garlic, tahini, and lemon juice one at a time and in that order.
2. Add water (fresh or reserved from cooking) 1 tablespoon at a time until Hummus becomes the consistency you prefer. It should be smooth, thick paste.
3. Season with salt to your preferred taste.
4. Plate it and use the back tip of a teaspoon (or other small spoon) to create a labyrinth design around the plate or bowl. Garnish with reserved beans, parsley or mint, seasoning, and a touch of olive oil.