Hummus is ridiculously easy to make and homemade hummus is so much better than the stuff you get at the store. It's rich and creamy and you can taste the fresh flavors of lemon juice, garlic, sesame tahini and fruity olive oil. Here's the scoop on how to make really great hummus.
Hummus is my go-to dip. I almost always have some in the fridge. It's the perfect healthy, satisfying afternoon or pre-dinner snack, scooped onto a cracker or a tortilla chip. Also great with carrot sticks and cucumber rounds to dip. Some store-bought hummus is pretty good. But wait until you taste this homemade hummus. It's a whole other thing. Once you try this recipe, you'll be delighted at how easy it is to whip up one of the world's most popular dips whenever the craving calls.
What is Hummus?
Hummus is a Middle Eastern invention, a dip/spread made from chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and salt, pureed to a smooth and creamy consistency. Hummus is a dish that Middle Easterners can't live without. (neither can I!) It's part of every mezze (appetizer) platter - it's served as a dip with flatbreads such as pita - and as a spread for shawarma and kofta, adding its creamy deliciousness to those and so many other Middle Eastern dishes. Hummus is highly nutritious, low in saturated fat and high in protein and fiber.
Who Invented Hummus?
It's been called the hummus wars, a long-standing battle between Israel and Lebanon over who invented hummus and who rightfully owns it, and the competition is fierce. In 2010 Lebanon got the upper hand when they filled a satellite dish with almost 9,000 pounds of hummus, stealing the Guinness World record from the Israelis.
HOW TO MAKE HUMMUS
There are 6 essential ingredients in hummus: chickpeas, tahini paste, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and salt. In addition, you can add a wide variety of herbs and/or spices to create other delicious variations of hummus. I especially love adding a half teaspoon of toasted ground cumin, either mixed in or sprinkled on top or both.
This recipe for hummus truly couldn't be easier: combine everything in the bowl of your food processor and puree. Adjust the flavor by adding more lemon juice or salt. Adjust the consistency by adding a little water.
Scoop homemade hummus into a bowl, add garnishes, if you like, and enjoy with crudités, pita or tortilla chips to dip.
How to serve hummus
Hummus is easy to dress up for a party. Whether I make homemade hummus or buy it at the store, I always jazz it up with a few easy flourishes. I love a festive presentation, plus the garnishes add great flavor.
- Scoop hummus into a small serving bowl, just large enough to hold it.
- Run the back of a tablespoon over the hummus in a circular motion, to smooth it out and then to make some swirly grooves to hold streams of olive oil.
- Drizzle a tablespoon or so of good quality extra virgin olive oil into the grooves.
- Sprinkle hummus with one or two dried spices. My favorites are: paprika, Aleppo pepper, Urfa pepper, dried mint, za'atar, ground cumin and toasted cumin seeds.
- Top with a few toasted pine nuts or chickpeas
- Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley or mint or add a sprig or a leaf to the center of the bowl.
- Serve hummus with crudités, warm toasted pita, pita chips or tortilla chips for gluten-free.
Other Great Hummus Recipes to Try
- If you want to take your hummus to the next level, try this incredibly delicious and festive Turkish hot layered hummus recipe. It's a fantastic dish to bring to a potluck or to serve at a party.
- For an exciting variation on the theme, try this colorful spiced up hummus recipe : Chipotle Carrot Hummus.
- Make a batch of homemade Seeded Crackers to serve with hummus or other dips and toppings.
Now here's the recipe and instructions for how to make hummus. If you try this recipe, I hope you'll come back to leave a star rating and a comment. I'd love to know what you think!Print