Making delicious creamy hummus is an art, but possible for anyone willing to give it a shot! Tahini, lemon and garlic team up with chickpeas to round out this classic dip.
Ingredients + Preparation
- Chickpeas (Two cans)
- Tahini: use hulled if you can (2/3 cup)
- Garlic (Three cloves, cleaned)
- Lemon (Two, cut in half for juicing)
- Cumin (1 tbsp)
- Olive oil (4 tbsp)
- Salt & pepper (1/2 tbsp each + to taste)
- Very cold water (1/2 cup)
- Fresh herb: Parlsey or basil (1/2 cup)
- Chili pepper (One, stem removed)
- Sumac (1 tbsp, for garnish)
- Olive oil (To drizzle for garnish)
1. Empty both cans of chickpeas into a small pot. Fill with enough water until the chickpeas are submerged.
2. On medium-high heat, boil for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, drain off excess liquid and leave to cool til slightly warm.
3. In a blender, combine tahini, juice from both lemons, garlic, cumin, olive oil, salt & pepper and half of the water. If you're adding fresh herb or chili add it at this stage. Blend all ingredients until consistant.
4. Add the chickpeas and blend until mixed. Taste and adjust flavors as necessary.
Too dense? Incrementally add cold water, and/or a dash more olive oil.
Lacking in flavor? Adjust tahini, lemon, cumin or salt & pepper, depending on what it needs.
5. Let cool to room temperature and garnish as desired.
Sancerre, Loire Valley, France
If you can find it, drink it. Great if you want something different. Full of citrus and mineral. It is great with grilled fish, greek salad or fresh hummus!
If you can't find Assyrtiko, go for a sauv blanc with good lemon notes and acidity.
Tips + Tricks
- Save a small bit of the liquid from boiling the chickpeas. You can use this to thin out the mixture when blending, as it's got a nice starchiness.
- Hummus can take a lot of practice to tame. Be patient, and taste often!
Classic hummus makes for a healthy salad topping or dip, especially when served with carrots, cucumber or cherry tomatoes instead of bread or chips. Tahini has 4 times as much calcium as cows milk! It also has desirable omega-fatty acids. Hummus is good for your central nervous system, metabolism and brain health, especially if you add extra tahini and olive oil.