I was talking with my friends the other day and they were asking me how to make hummus. They have always bought it from the local health food store but have always wanted real homemade hummus. For those that don’t know what hummus is, hummus is a Middle Eastern dish made primarily of chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, and can be eaten as a spread or dip. Hummus has a meaty, creamy, and thick texture and has a wide range of flavor depending on how it was made. However, all hummus has a tangy and garlic taste to it. It is vegan, high in protein, and very healthy for the body.
So here is an easy to make hummus recipe.
Hummus Recipe (Ideally all ingredients are organic)
3 cups of chickpeas (you can buy dry chickpeas from Amazon, other online sites, or your local health food store)
juice from 2 lemons
4 cloves of garlic
2 tsp of salt
the water leftover from steaming the chickpeas or water (use as needed)
1/8 c of olive oil
1/8 c of sesame oil
Jalapeno peppers (optional- will make the hummus spicy!)
First you want to soak the chickpeas for 15 to 24 hours. Then you want to steam the chickpeas for 45 to 50 minutes (do not discard the water leftover from steaming!!). Set the chickpeas aside for 2 hours to cool down. Then put all the ingredients listed above into a food processor. Use the water leftover from steaming the chickpeas to keep the hummus moving. Be careful not to put too much water into the hummus because then it will become runny. Process the hummus til the consistency you desire.
Enjoy your hummus! I know that this may seem alot of work, but it really isn’t. It is mainly a lot of waiting and TLC. The actual making of the hummus takes at most 15 minutes with fairly easy clean-up.
You can eat it with pita bread or crackers. I use in a sandwich as a replacement for meat. It is so good! Let me know how you eat your hummus and how you like this recipe.
Have a nice day!