Classic Hummus: A Smooth And Savory Dip

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Hummus, that creamy and delicious chickpea spread, has become a staple in kitchens worldwide. Its versatility makes it a perfect dip for veggies, pita bread, or even a spread for sandwiches and wraps. But did you know whipping up a batch of classic hummus at home is surprisingly easy?

This recipe takes you through the steps of creating a smooth, flavorful hummus that will rival anything you find at the store. It’s perfect for beginners or seasoned cooks alike, and with minimal ingredients and prep time, you’ll be enjoying homemade hummus in no time.

The Best Hummus Recipe (in  Minutes!)
The Best Hummus Recipe (in Minutes!)

Ingredients:

1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  • 1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Cold water, as needed

  • Directions:

    1. Prep the Chickpeas: Start by rinsing and draining the chickpeas thoroughly. Discard the soaking liquid.

    2. Combine the Base: In a food processor or blender, add the drained chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, cumin, salt, and cayenne pepper (if using).

    3. Blend Until Smooth: Pulse the processor or blender on high for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, scraping down the sides as needed. Continue blending until the mixture is smooth and creamy, with a slight texture. You may need to add a tablespoon or two of cold water to achieve the desired consistency.

    4. Taste and Adjust: Once smooth, give your hummus a taste. Adjust the seasonings as needed, adding more lemon juice for tartness, salt for savoriness, or a touch more cumin for warmth.

    5. Serve and Enjoy! Transfer your homemade hummus to a serving bowl. Drizzle with a little extra olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of paprika or chopped fresh parsley for garnish. Serve with pita bread, veggie sticks, or crackers.

    Tips:

    For a roasted flavor: Roast your chickpeas before adding them to the food processor. Simply spread the drained chickpeas on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of salt, and roast at 400°F (200°C) for 15-20 minutes, until slightly golden. Let cool slightly before using.

  • Adjust the garlic: Love garlic? Add another clove for a stronger garlicky kick.
  • Make it nut-free: If you have a nut allergy, you can substitute sunflower seed butter for the tahini.
  • Leftovers: Store leftover hummus in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

  • Nutrition Facts (per serving, approx.):

    Calories: 170

  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 230mg
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Protein: 5g

  • Remember: These are approximate nutrition facts and may vary depending on the ingredients you use.

    Conclusion

    Homemade hummus is a healthy, delicious, and cost-effective alternative to store-bought varieties. Not only can you control the ingredients, but it’s incredibly satisfying to whip up a batch from scratch. So ditch the store-bought dips and give this classic hummus recipe a try! You won’t be disappointed.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I use dried chickpeas instead of canned?

    Absolutely! To use dried chickpeas, soak them in plenty of water for at least 24 hours, then rinse and cook them according to package instructions until tender. Drain and proceed with the recipe as usual.

    2. My hummus is too thick! How can I thin it out?

    If your hummus is too thick, simply add a tablespoon or two of cold water at a time while blending until you reach the desired consistency.

    3. My hummus isn’t smooth! What did I do wrong?

    There could be a couple of reasons for this. First, make sure you’re blending long enough. It may take a minute or two to achieve a smooth consistency. Additionally, you might not be using enough liquid. Add cold water a tablespoon at a time until the hummus reaches the desired texture.

    4. How can I make my hummus extra flavorful?