Either you love hummus or you don’t. Which side are you on? At home we have a 50/50 split with daughter #1 and I loving it and daughter #2 and husband preferring something else. My son will eat it one day and the next day not, so it continues to remain a family tie.
Hummus is probably one of the simplest things to make. All the ingredients go into a food processor and in a few minutes your hummus is ready. Using canned chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans, the Spanish translation) is perfectly ok, and tahini (a ground sesame seed paste) is a key ingredient for hummus. If you live in the Netherlands, you can find tahini paste in the organic section at Albert Heijn (um…this took me a while to figure out!!).
If you didn’t know already, hummus is a perfect dip for pita bread and veggies, and also great with crackers, tortilla chips, flatbread, pretzels….the options are endless. It’s a great source of protein on salads, sandwiches and wraps too. Best of all it’s a crowd pleaser, meaning a mezze (appetizer tray) with your homemade hummus is a definite must for your next holiday party.
You can make delicious hummus at home in just 5 minutes!
- 2 cups chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
- 1/2 cup tahini paste
- 1 fat garlic clove
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- juice of 2 lemons
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- few grinds of black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- Step 1 Drain and rinse your beans well. (For a smooth hummus texture you can peel the beans, but this is not necessary and does not affect the taste. I normally skp this step as i like my hummus with some texture.)
- Step 2 Add all your ingredients into a food processor. Mix and pulse until your desired smoothness. Add some water,if needed, to thin out the texture.
- Step 3 Serve drizzled with some olive oil and sprinkled with cumin and paprika.
- Step 4 Tip: For added flavor try adding some fresh herbs such as basil, parsley and/or dill to your hummus mixture.