Classic Hummus made with chickpeas, tahini, garlic, olive oil and lemon juice makes the perfect appetizer or sandwich spread for your favorite meal!
Classic Hummus is a dish I have been eating my entire life. I remember as a teen actually being surprised to see packaged hummus in supermarkets since I assumed most Armenian food (yes I know Armenians don’t have the monopoly on hummus 😉 ) wasn’t quite popular enough to go mainstream.
This hummus is so easy you’ll make it every week and its so addicting you will use it everywhere you can. I use canned chickpeas for their softer texture. I have experimented at great length with soaking dried chickpeas, but the hours of extra effort still don’t result in the wonderful texture that this hummus gets with canned chickpeas. I’m also a bit more aggressive with the garlic and lemon juice (definitely the lemon juice, it brightens the whole recipe up!) so if you’re looking for a flavor similar to the packaged brands at your local store this one may be a bit different. This is more like what you’d enjoy at your local restaurant with a grandmother in the back making your hummus.
Ways to enjoy this delicious hummus:
- With freshly warmed pita bread – Do it old school, use your stovetop flame and warm until it just starts getting crispy on the outside and still soft and fluffy on the inside (about five to seven seconds on medium flame on each side). Do not do this on an electric stovetop.
- Skip the mayo on your favorite sandwich and add some Classic Hummus instead (turkey or grilled vegetables are FANTASTIC with hummus!).
- Line your favorite gyro with hummus before adding the meat and veggies.
- Falafel wraps with hummus instead of the runnier plain tahini hold up better.
- Pita chips!
- Vegetables! Carrots, grape tomatoes, celery, broccoli are all great scoopers for hummus.
- Grilled some chicken, pork, lamb or beef kabobs, and add hummus on the side. A bite of kebab with hummus is a great one two punch of grilled meat and this lemony garlic dip.
- One of the most popular Armenian eateries in Los Angeles, Zankou Chicken serves up this hummus on the side of their rotisserie chicken with pickled turnips, garlic paste, pita bread, lettuce and tomatoes. Recreate the meal on your own!
- 5 garlic cloves
- 2 cans canned chickpeas , drained and rinsed
- 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
- 1/3 cup tahini
- 1/2 cup lemon juice (or more depending on your taste)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (more for drizzling on top)
- paprika for garnish
Add the garlic, chickpeas, Kosher salt, tahini, lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of olive oil to your food processor and process until it is well combined and has a thick creamy texture. If it is too thick you can thin with additional lemon juice or additional olive oil.
Put into a bowl, and with a spoon make some valleys or rivers in it for some olive oil to get added on top.
Finally garnish with paprika if you'd like.