I’m so proud of this, I have never been happy with how my homemade hummus has ever turned out… ever! It’s always been either too thick, too plain, too lemony; I have finally made a mix which I’ll turn to again and again.
Hummus is made out of chickpeas, tahini, lemon, olive oil and garlic. So simple in theory, but the ratios, amounts and technique needed to produce the best hummus has always been an enigma to me.
From all my trials, here is what I’ve learned.
Canned chickpeas are best, they come with with a little liquid in the can and are consistent. (I use dried chickpeas for my other recipes because they are cheaper.)
I’ve also tried different nut and seed butters than tahini simply due to convenience. If I was out of tahini and I wanted to make hummus, I would use something else! For classic hummus tahini is the one.
In a pinch I even used red wine vinegar instead of lemon juice once, which turned out tasty, but it wasn’t classic hummus.
Hummus is very nutritious.
Chickpeas, this plant based protein source provides both soluble and insoluble fibre sources. Most of us don’t get enough plant based protein sources such a legumes despite their well known health benefits. Research suggests that chickpeas and hummus may play a beneficial role in weight management and glucose and insulin regulation, as well as a reduction in risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) (reference).
If you are looking for a simple way to improve your diet in some way, cut out all other dips, and let hummus take a permanent spot in your refrigerator. Or try hummus and crackers instead of cheese and crackers.
Here’s my Classic Hummus Recipe:
1 16 oz can chickpeas
5 Tbsp lemon juice
3 Tbsp tahini
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp cumin
- In a food processor or blender, add lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, tahini salt and cumin. Blend well until smooth.
- Add drained can of chickpeas (don’t rinse just drain most liquid out) and blend until smooth and silky.
- Serve with a drizzle of olive oil on top.
That’s it! So simple, so delicious and much most cost effective than store bought hummus.