It’s 2018, who doesn’t love hummus? The staple snack for the modern home. Most of us have enjoyed this amazing Mediterranean dip, but it can be fairly expensive at the supermarket. However, I still haven’t found a pre-made hummus that stands up to the local Lebanese place causing me a lot of disappointment every time I go looking for a late-night snack.
Luckily for you, hummus isn’t actually that hard to make and doesn’t require a lot of expensive ingredients, in fact, it’s one of the cheaper snacks you can make yourself!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 cans of chickpeas
- 1 lemon
- 2-4 cloves of garlic
- 1/3 cup of Tahini Paste
- 1/3 cup of Olive Oil
- 1+ tablespoon of salt
- 1/2+ tablespoons ground cumin
- (Optional) 1/2+ paprika (preferably smoked)
Putting this all together is pretty simple but there are a two of ways you can go about it: using a food processor or mashing by hand. The food processor makes hummus very fast and very easily, but if you don’t have one, using a potato masher or other object to smash the chickpeas works as well (it’ll just require some work).
First: Prepare your garlic and lemon, if you’re using a food processor you’ll just need to roughly chop the garlic but if your mashing it by hand, I would recommend mincing it to a fine consistency. Once you slice your lemon in half, you’re done with the knife and now it’s time to make some hummus. Open your cans of chickpeas, reserve the liquid from one can and pour them and the liquid into your processor or a large bowl.
Second: Squeeze the lemon in and add the rest of the ingredients.
Third: If you’re using a processor, pulse the mixture a couple of times and then puree until it reaches your desired texture. If you’re mashing, mash away until you get a smooth mixture, but note that it won’t be as smooth as it would be with a processor. If your friends complain about the texture, just tell them it’s ‘artisan’ or ‘handcrafted’ and that will probably do the job.
Fourth: Adjust the seasonings to your liking and the texture with some water or olive oil if it’s too thick. Keep in mind that it will thicken up when you refrigerate it.
And that’s hummus! Amaze your friends at your next party or selfishly finish it off with some pita chips in one sitting; I won’t judge.