The Mediterranean dip hummus is meant to be very creamy, fluffy, and light. It has a slightly tangy or nutty taste, and that’s because of the tahini that’s included. The bright citrus of lemon and fragrant garlic flavors give it a complex taste profile.
Hummus is usually served as a dip with chips or pita bread, and you can learn how to make hummus at home the simple to follow recipe I’ll share with you below.
How to Make Creamy Hummus
I will show you how to make hummus in blender in a fairly simple way using all the ingredients you need for an authentic hummus dip.
- 1 can of chickpeas (15 ounces) rinsed and drained
- 1/4 cup of lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
- 1 chopped clove of garlic
- 1/2 cup of tahini
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 3 tablespoons of ice water
- Garnish- ground sumac, olive oil, paprika, chopped parsley, or zhoug sauce
- Cook the chickpeas by putting them into a medium saucepan with baking soda. Cover with a few inches of water and cook until the mixture starts to heat.
- Continue cooking at of boil, only lowering the temperature if it starts to overflow. It should cook it for about 20 minutes, and the chickpeas should be very soft and bloated, and their skin should begin falling off.
- Use a blender to combine garlic, lemon juice, and salt. Once the garlic has been chopped to a fine consistency, allow the mixture to sit and rest. This permits the garlic flavor to mellow, and it should take about 10 minutes for that to happen.
- You can add tahini to the blender next and combine until all of your mixture is creamy. You may need to scrape tahini from the sides and add to the rest of the mixture.
- Add in two tablespoons of ice water to the blender and mix until everything is creamy again. If your mixture is too thick, you can add more ice water as necessary.
- Next, add the chick peas and cumin to the blender. Blend again until everything is smooth, scraping down the sides of the blender as necessary. This should take about 2 minutes, and more ice water can be added to make sure the texture has a creamy consistency.
- Taste test your hummus dip at this point, and you may need to add a little more salt or lemon juice to season it. Hummus is usually served with a swirl or swoosh made in the top of the dip. You can garnish the finished hummus with the toppings of your choice.
How to Cook Chickpeas for Hummus
Chickpeas should be cooked until they are very soft and almost falling apart, with the skin coming off by itself. At this state, the chickpeas are considered to be overcooked, and they should be very bloated and much bigger than when you put them into the pot.
Just follow the cooking directions I gave you above, and you’ll do fine. You can also test the finished chickpeas with a fork. If they’re pierced easily with no resistance, they should be done cooking.
How to Make Hummus without Tahini
If you try to make hummus from scratch, you’ll find that the tahini is the most expensive ingredient. You may want to do without it, or you may just not have any available.
Can you still make hummus without any tahini? You can, and you will want to mix together chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, as well as water, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, salt, and cumin.
Put everything in the food processor and smooth it until it’s creamy. You can add water or salt as necessary to thin it out and season the hummus.
How to Eat Hummus
Hummus is most often used as a dip, served with chips, flatbread, mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, vegetables, salad, or any kind of crunchy snack. You can use it as a dip, sauce, or garnish.
Try using it to take a bland dish or snack and make them more appealing. If you’re trying to eat a healthy diet and you consume a lot of dry, crunchy snacks or pieces of raw vegetables, like carrot, celery, broccoli, try using a little hummus as a dip to make them more flavorful.
How to Make Your Hummus Creamier
What can you do to your hummus to make it creamier if it’s kind of thick or too thin? If it’s overly thin, you probably added too much water to it. You can either add more of the dry ingredients to your hummus or try to drain out some of the water.
Another reason it may be too thin and watery is because you haven’t blended everything enough.
Try blending all of your ingredients more to see if it thickens everything up. If it’s too thick, just add some ice water to it and blend everything until it becomes smooth and creamy.
How to Make Hummus Without a Food Processor
While I recommend using a blender for making hummus, some people prefer a food processor. You can use either one, and the process is really the same. I think most people will tend to have their blender set up and ready to use, though, which is why I usually recommend it for this recipe.
How to Tell If Hummus Is Bad
The best way to tell if hummus has gone bad is just to smell it. It will only have a sour scent if it is spoiled, and fresh hummus doesn’t have much of a scent to it other than the garlic. There’s no need to taste the hummus to see if it’s gone bad. If it smells sour, you should get rid of it. At that point, it’s probably starting to grow mold.
I hope this helps as you try to make hummus on your own at home. If you like that and there is demand for it, maybe next time I will tell you how to make chocolate hummus or some other variation.