Growing up in the middle east, Hummus was a staple at our home. To me, it represents the ultimate snack, spread, dip, and everything in between. I believe that you can add hummus to anything, and it will immediately taste better. This easy hummus recipe will give you the creamiest and smoothest hummus you can make at home.
What is Hummus?
Hummus is recognized internationally as a middle eastern classic dish, yet every country in the region has its spin on it. Hummus is made primarily from chickpeas (a.k.a. garbanzo beans), tahini (ground sesame paste), lemon juice, garlic, and salt. Today American grocery stores are full of different hummus brands, and their variations as a sign of how famous hummus has become. Yet, I still believe that nothing beats homemade hummus.
Is hummus healthy?
Hummus is low in saturated fat and high in fiber and protein; hummus also offers complex carbohydrates to make you feel satisfied and full. I use it as a spread with my wraps or as a dip instead of mayonnaise or ranch dip; if you are looking for something that not only tastes good but is healthy to eat, hummus should be top of that list. For more on the health benefits of Hummus, check out 8 Great Reasons to Eat More Hummus
Easy Hummus Recipe Ingredients
Hummus is one of the easy to make and healthiest items that you can have in your fridge; You can find almost all the ingredients in your pantry, and It also serves as a healthy dip for a party, game day, or a family dinner.
- Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans): A can of good organic chickpeas should do the trick.
- Baking Soda: Helps soften the chickpeas for an easier grinding and a smoother hummus!
- Tahini: Tahini is arguably the most prominent flavor in hummus. Good-quality tahini is a must for delicious Hummus. I found that Tahini made from Ethiopian sesame seeds give the best results, Check it out here.
- Garlic: I like garlic but not too much garlic, so I am using just one clove for this recipe, but feel free to double that if you would like a more garlicky flavor.
- Lemon juice: Freshly squeezed (Trust me, there is a world of difference)
- Olive oil: Drizzle extra on top for serving.
- Salt: I use iodized sea salt for the benefits of iodine, but regular salt also works.
- Garnish: Never underestimate Garnish! Cumin, paprika, or sumac are all excellent garnishing ideas. For this recipe, I only chose cumin and paprika. If you still have leftover cooked chickpeas, throw them in the center for a photogenic hummus bowl 🙂
- Ice Cubes: Some people use cold water; I prefer ice cubes. I found that they give lighter color and a creamier texture to my hummus.
Is hummus better with or without tahini?
I believe that tahini is a crucial ingredient in any authentic Hummus recipe. Yet, I understand that some people might be allergic to sesame or don’t like the taste of tahini.
So if you want to turn your chickpeas into a dip, you can get a similar consistency profile, but you will miss out on the authentic Hummus flavor by using nut butter such as cashew or almond butter. Each of these kinds of butter will give a different taste but almost the same texture.
I would call this alteration a chickpea dip rather than Hummus!