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Hummus has risen in popularity in recent times. It is also healthy food. Though you can get ready-made hummus, preparing it at home is no big deal. Just get the right ingredients and tools, and follow the recipe mentioned in this post to make the best hummus you’ve ever had. ~ Ed.
Whether you prefer it spread inside your warm fluffy bread or simply as a dip for your pita chips or carrots, hummus is definitely everyone’s favorite.
The king of all dips, hummus is such a versatile spread that can be eaten in so many flavors and ways.
If you do not know it, but there are actually many ways and flavors that you can actually try with your hummus; including red pepper hummus, spicy avocado hummus, or even kale pesto hummus.
But first, let me answer your curious questions about this healthy food.
What is Hummus
If you aren’t familiar with hummus, it is a delicious creamy spread or dip made from chickpeas, tahini, lemon, and spices.
This dip originated in the Middle East and is common there, yet it is very popular almost everywhere now.
Although you can find hummus at several supermarkets, nothing will beat a fresh homemade hummus.
Is Hummus Healthy
If you are wondering, hummus is actually a healthy food that can be useful in your diet. It contains easily available ingredients such as chickpeas, tahini, garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice.
This creamy dip is a great source of plant-based protein as it contains a wide variety of vitamins and minerals as hummus. Not only this, hummus also includes phosphorus, folate, iron, and B vitamins.
Therefore, when consumed in the right amounts, hummus can actually be a very useful addition to your diet and not fattening as the common misconception.
Yet, not all the hummus you find at stores or supermarket shelves is healthy, as some could contain excess sugars or oil.
The best way is to make sure that you check the ingredients every time you buy this delicious spread, or even better try this recipe at home!
How to Make Good Hummus at Home
One thing to remember is that thick and chunky Hummus is not what the end goal should be. Hummus done the right way is creamy and smooth.
Try this healthy, homemade recipe which will leave you with the best hummus, and will be better than anything you can find at the store.
Making Hummus in a Pressure Cooker
In order to get the best results, cooking chickpeas from scratch is the best way to make your own hummus, but it can take hours to soak and cook them yourself.
If you are looking for a quick and easy process, making hummus using a pressure cooker will make your life so much easier. By using a pressure cooker, you will not necessarily need an overnight soak, and your chickpeas can be done in an hour.
Here are the ingredients you will need:
- 12 oz dried chickpeas (that’s about two cups) – soak it in water overnight
- 3–5 garlic cloves
- 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/4 –3/4 cup tahini (based on preference)
- 1 cup of ice-cold water
- 1 Lemon
- Other toppings: Cumin, Smoked Paprika, Olive Oil, Za’atar, etc. (optional)
1. Soak chickpeas overnight (optional)
If you prefer super soft and creamy chickpeas, you can try soaking the chickpeas overnight.
Place dried chickpeas in a large container. Then you should pour cold water into the container then give it a few stirs. Finally, allow the chickpeas to soak overnight for at least 8 – 16 hours.
2. Cook the chickpeas
Make sure that you drain your chickpeas and rinse them, then ensure that it is covered with water after placing them in a pot or pressure cooker.
Next, add in some garlic, between 3 to 5 should suffice. Next, you want to add in a bit of baking soda, as this allows the layer of skin that is covering the chickpeas to become looser and therefore makes it much easier for you to remove.
3. Peel the chickpeas
Peeling chickpeas is an important step because if you don’t, then you won’t be able to have a velvety consistency. By utilizing the baking soda, this will make it much easier to do.
4. Make a chickpea puree
To do this, you’ll want to put in the garlic and around three cups of the peeled chickpeas into a food processor.
The next step is to dissolve the salt into the lemon and then add it to the food processor while it is still mixing the puree.
5. Add water and tahini
Hummus is not hummus if there’s no tahini. And the tahini quality is something that you should not ignore. The tahini should preferably be smooth and runny.
What you’ll want to do now is put into the processor a quarter cup of tahini. Have it running as you add 1/3 cup of water- it should be ice cold to get the desired effect. To achieve a smooth and velvety consistency, you need to leave the food processor running for around five minutes or so.
You can obviously play around with the thickness by adding in either extra water or tahini, but in small bits, so you don’t go overboard.
6. Serve your hummus
When serving, be creative with how you spread your Hummus onto a plate. Garnish it, and top it with whatever you’d like. The traditional topping is olive oil with a scattering of a few whole chickpeas to give it that final look.
You can also garnish your fresh homemade hummus with finely chopped parsley, freshly ground cumin, and paprika. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. However you want it, and whatever you want to add, just do it.
- Make sure that you get quality ingredients- this will show in the end result of consistency and taste.
- Keep your water at the right temperature by keeping it in the freezer or by placing a couple of ice cubes.
Homemade hummus is really easy to make if you have the right ingredients and tools and allows you to control the ingredients and quantities that you use.
However, if you are looking for a unique or a flavored hummus, making your own would the ideal solution as you will be able to control the ingredients. This way, you will also be able to garnish it with whatever you like and ensure that it doesn’t contain excess sugars or oils.
With this simple recipe, you will be able to enjoy the best hummus in the comfort of your own home, and with whatever dish you’d like.
Over to you
How do you cook your hummus at home? Share your tips and experiences in the comments.