Why buy when you can make? It really is a no brainer. This is a basic recipe with no bells and no fuss but delicious nonetheless. It is a quarter of the cost than store bought. You can also have fun experimenting with the taste by adding some interesting things like an avocado, red peppers, etc. Have fun tweaking it every time you make it.
I am not going to lie, a food processor is a prerequisite for DIY hummus. In the past I have used a hand blender and even a regular old fashioned Osterizer blender that my grandmother gave me and my sister when we first went to university back in 1991 (still works!) But truth be told, chick peas are no fun to keep dislodging from blades. The frustration will send you right to the store to buy instead.
“Hooray for Hummus” by loopylocks
Makes about 2 cups
prep time: 5 minutes
1/4 C lemon juice (about the juice of 1 lemon)
1/4 C tahini
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
3 T olive oil
3 T water
1 can chick peas, drained and washed
Start by adding the juice and tahini to the food processor and blend on high for 1 minute. Scrape the sides and add the garlic, cumin, salt and olive oil. Give it another 30-sec to a minute. Scrape. Add half the washed and drained chick peas and blend on high for a minute. Add the other half of chick peas and blend on high until all is smooth. It will be thick at this stage. Add the 3 tablespoons of water, one at a time, watching the consistency as it thins out. If the texture is to your liking then you are ready to serve. Taste it and see if it needs any more salt or water. Scrape into a favourite serving bowl. Drizzle with oil and cracked salt. I garnished mine with smoked paprika but you can add fresh herbs like cilantro or parsley if you like. In our house we eat it with carrots and pita wedges for a quick healthy snack or meal. Enjoy!