Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Homemade Hummus Recipe

Growing up in a household with Middle Eastern roots, it never occurred to me that not everyone considers hummus a staple. Eating meat? Dip it in hummus! Making a sandwich? Spread some chick pea love on the bread! Bored? Hummus! When the "hummus craze" hit health food circles a few years ago, I thought, "Welcome to the party. What took you so long?" I had been helping my mom make the dip since I could stand tall enough to reach the kitchen counter, so when my friends and coworkers became curious about my claims that the homemade kind is far superior to store brands, I knew I had to help them discover the natural goodness of the dish.


I couldn't even begin to explain my process, which usually involves measuring in pinches, dashes, pours and drizzles. After a bit of trial and error, I developed the perfect recipe to write down and share. The best thing about it is that you can modify it based on your preferences. Want it creamier? Add more tahini. Like your hummus runny? Water will do the trick. My ideal mix is sort of chunky and a bit creamy with lots of garlic and lemon for a zesty finish. It's so easy to make and a fun treat for any occasion. I like to dip into it with soft pita bread triangles or fresh-cut veggies. How do you prefer your hummus? Do you add anything else to make your recipe stand out? I'm all ears!


Ingredients:

> 1 can chick peas (I used canned hummus, which is pre-blended chick peas)
> 2 tablespoons tahini (found at any ethnic market)
> 1/2 lemon (juice)
> 1 clove garlic, minced
> 2 pinches cumin, more for garnish
> salt to taste
> water
> olive oil, drizzled as garnish
> Aleppo pepper as garnish

Instructions:

> If using canned chick peas, blend one can with tahini, lemon juice, garlic, cumin and salt until smooth. I prefer the pre-blended kind, because it allows me to more accurately reach the consistency I want.
> Add about one tablespoon of water and combine with a spoon.
> Mix until desired consistency is reached.
> Drizzle olive oil and garnish with Aleppo pepper and cumin.





2 comments:

  1. mmmmm... I remember Sophie Auntie made the best hummus EVER. must be a gene thing ;)

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  2. Hummus makes everything better! I remember when I was a kid my mom would give me the first lick lol! And the store bought versions don't even compare! They are so bland...and not tasty. I will have to try this recipe:)!

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Merci beaucoup!

 
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