What is hummus?
Most everyone knows hummus. It’s the quintessential Middle Eastern dip made by blending chickpeas with tahini, garlic, and citrus.
I grew up on it, and I’m convinced that this simple beige dip is some of the best stuff on earth! Creamy, satisfying and packed with plant-based protein.
- Cook the chickpeas well (even canned chickpeas can use a quick simmer!) I already mentioned that dry chickpeas are the best if you really want to learn how to make hummus from scratch. After soaking overnight, you can give the chickpeas a simmer in water for about 2 hours until well-cooked through and tender. Big tip! Overcooking the chickpeas just a bit gives you creamier hummus! So, even if you’re using canned chickpeas, give them a brief 20 minute simmer so they will be well cooked and tender.
- Peel the chickpeas. Chickpea skins are edible, but if you want creamy hummus, peel the chickpeas and discard the skins. It helps to soak the chickpeas in a bit of hot water with some baking soda, takes the chickpea skins right off (more on this process below). Of course, sometimes I don’t peel the chickpeas, but that doesn’t change the taste, it only makes the hummus a bit on the “rustic” side.
- Use quality tahini and enough of it. Tahini paste is a key ingredient in an authentic hummus recipe. It will add that rich consistency and subtle nutty flavor. There are all sorts of tahini options out there. The best tahini comes from Ethiopian sesame seeds. I use organic Soom tahini from 100% roasted and pressed organic Ethiopian White Humera sesame seeds (find it at our online shop here).
- For fluffy hummus, add ice cube while blending. Sounds crazy right? This is a trick I learned from my mother-in-law who is a master of the Levant kitchen. The ice cubes help in whipping the hummus into a creamier texture–kinda like freshly churned ice-cream.
- Don’t rush it! Let the food processor run for 4 to 5 minutes. Run the food processor for a few minutes so the hummus mixture will blend well enough to a smooth texture. Test, and if needed, add a tiny bit of hot water through the opener of the food processor as it’s running to help continue to smooth the hummus even more until it’s utterly creamy.
- Soak and cook the chickpeasIf using dry chickpeas allow extra time for soaking (overnight) and cooking (2 hours).
Take 1 cup dry chickpeas and place it in a large bowl. Add plenty of water and soak overnight (chickpeas will expand in the bowl).
When ready, drain chickpeas and place them in a medium-sized heavy cooking pot. Cover with water by about 2 inches. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 1 ½ to 2 hours. You should end up with about 3 cups of cooked chickpeas.