Easy Authentic Hummus recipe with chickpeas, tahini, garlic, olive oil and lemon juice in 5 minutes. A perfect appetizer or sandwich spread!
Classic hummus, a staple of Middle Eastern cuisine, has earned its place as a beloved Dip and Topping across the globe. Originating from the Levant, hummus is traditionally made from simple, wholesome ingredients. This creamy and nutritious dish is a delicious Side or Appetizer for Middle Eastern dishes like Chicken Souvlaki with some Pita Chips.
Table of contents
- Sabrina’s Classic Hummus Recipe
- Classic Hummus Ingredients
- Kitchen Tools & Equipment
- How to Make
- Can Classic Hummus Be Made Ahead of Time?
- Nutritional Facts
- Tips & Tricks for Classic Hummus
- Ways to Enjoy Homemade Hummus
- Frequent Questions
- Recipe Card
- Variations on Classic Hummus
- Retated Recipes
Sabrina’s Classic Hummus Recipe
Our Homemade hummus recipe is celebrated for its delightful balance of earthy chickpeas and nutty tahini, brightened by a hint of lemon and the pungent kick of garlic. Many people say it’s better than store-bought hummus. The preparation is straightforward, involving the blending of ingredients to a smooth consistency, often with a drizzle of olive oil to enrich its texture. It’s a family-friendly dish, easily adaptable for various dietary preferences, and perfect for gatherings, be it a casual family dinner or an elegant party. Its versatility allows it to be a spread in sandwiches, a dip for veggies and pita bread, or a complement to grilled meats and salads.
Across regions, hummus has slight variations – some areas prefer a more garlicky or lemony flavor, while others might add spices like cumin or toppings like pine nuts. Despite these variations, the core essence of hummus remains the same.
Hummus, meaning ‘chickpeas’ in Arabic, has a rich history and is more than just a dip or spread. Each region in the Middle East might claim its own unique twist on the classic recipe, whether it’s the consistency, the balance of lemon and garlic, or the addition of unique local ingredients. In many cultures, creamy hummus is more than a dish; it’s a part of social gatherings, family meals, and festive celebrations. It’s not uncommon to find hummus on the table during holidays or as a staple in casual family dinners. The simplicity of its preparation and the ease with which it can be customized makes it a popular choice for various occasions.
Why you should make Hummus at home
Making hummus at home is a delightful experience that offers several benefits over store-bought or restaurant versions. Preparing this classic dish in your own kitchen allows you to control the quality of ingredients, ensuring freshness and the perfect balance of flavors to suit your taste. Homemade hummus often surpasses its commercial counterparts in texture and taste, devoid of preservatives and artificial additives. Additionally, it’s cost-effective and can be customized with various toppings and spices for a unique twist.
Classic Hummus Ingredients
- 8 Cloves Garlic: Garlic cloves add a pungent, spicy flavor that’s essential to hummus. It can be adjusted to taste. For a milder flavor, roasted garlic can be substituted for a roasted garlic hummus.
- 3 Cans Chickpeas (15-ounce cans): Canned chickpeas are the base of hummus, providing a creamy texture and nutty flavor. Freshly cooked chickpeas can be used for a more authentic taste.
- 2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt: Enhances the flavors. Sea salt can be used as an alternative.
- 2/3 Cup Lemon Juice: Adds freshness and tanginess. Fresh lemon juice is best. Lime juice can be a substitute for a different citrusy flavor.
- 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil: Gives smoothness and a fruity taste to the hummus. Other mild oils like avocado oil can also work in a pinch.
- ¼ Teaspoon Paprika: Used for garnish, adds a sweet and smoky flavor. Smoked paprika can be used for a deeper smoky taste.
- ½ Cup Sesame Seeds: The key ingredient for tahini. Toasting them enhances their nutty flavor.
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil: Helps to blend the sesame seeds into a smooth, creamy paste. More may be needed to achieve the desired consistency.
- ¼ Teaspoon Kosher Salt: Balances the nuttiness of the sesame seeds. Adjust according to taste.
Kitchen Tools & Equipment
- Food Processor: Essential for blending ingredients into a smooth, creamy texture. A high-powered blender can be used as a substitute, though it may not achieve the same level of creaminess.
- Small Frying Pan: Used for toasting sesame seeds for homemade tahini. A larger pan works, but be cautious not to overcrowd the seeds for even toasting.
- Serving Bowl: For presenting the hummus. Any medium-sized bowl is suitable.
How to Make
Time needed: 10 minutes.
- Prepare Homemade Tahini
Toast the sesame seeds in a small dry skillet over medium heat. Stir and cook until just toasted, careful not to burn. Remove from heat and cool. Add the seeds to a food processor. Blend seeds while slowly adding olive oil until creamy and smooth.
- Blend Ingredients
In a large food processor, add the garlic cloves, chickpeas, salt, tahini, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Blend until combined with a thick and creamy texture. Add more oil or lemon juice as needed if it’s too thick.
- Serve and Garnish
Transfer the hummus to a serving bowl. Using the back of a spoon tip, swirl the top of the hummus to make places to hold the oil. Pour the additional olive oil over top and garnish with a sprinkle of paprika.
Can Classic Hummus Be Made Ahead of Time?
Absolutely, hummus is a fantastic make-ahead dish. Its flavors meld and deepen when stored in the refrigerator, making it an ideal recipe to prepare a day or two in advance. Simply store it in an airtight container, and it can last for up to a week in the fridge. Before serving, give it a quick stir, maybe a drizzle of olive oil, and it’s ready to be enjoyed. This makes it a convenient and delicious option for meal prepping, hosting, or having a healthy snack readily available.
Tips & Tricks for Classic Hummus
- Balancing Flavors: Start with less lemon juice and garlic, then taste and adjust accordingly. It’s easier to add more for flavor balance than to correct an overly strong taste.
- Ice Water Hack: Add 3 tablespoons of ice water or cold water to the hummus while blending. This little trick can make your hummus fluffier and creamier.
- Proper Order of Blending: Blend the tahini and lemon juice first before adding other ingredients. This process helps to ‘whip’ the tahini, making the hummus light and creamy.
- Avoiding Bitterness: Burnt sesame seeds can make tahini bitter. Toast sesame seeds with care, ensuring they turn a light golden brown, not dark.
- Serving Suggestions: Serve hummus at room temperature rather than cold for the best flavor and texture. Cold hummus tends to be a bit stiffer and less flavorful.
How to Store
Store: After enjoying, transfer any leftover hummus to an airtight container. If possible, drizzle a thin layer of olive oil over the top before sealing. This creates a barrier that helps keep the hummus moist. Refrigerate it, and it should stay fresh for up to a week. Remember, homemade hummus doesn’t contain preservatives, so it’s important to keep it refrigerated when not being served.
Freeze: While freezing is not typically recommended for hummus due to potential texture changes, it is possible. To freeze hummus, place it in a freezer-safe container, leaving some space at the top as it will expand when frozen. It can last for up to four months in the freezer. When ready to use, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight. Before serving, give it a good stir and consider adding a bit more olive oil or lemon juice to bring back its original consistency and zest. Remember, the texture might be slightly grainier after freezing, but it will still be delicious and safe to eat.
Ways to Enjoy Homemade 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 homemade 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.
- Grill 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!
Absolutely! Canned chickpeas are a great time-saver and work perfectly for hummus. Just make sure to rinse and drain them well before use.
There are no good substitutions for the unique flavor of tahini. You’ll want to try and find some seeds to roast yourself or pre-made tahini if possible.
Removing the skins can create a smoother hummus texture, but it’s not essential. For a rustic, heartier hummus, feel free to skip this step.
For creamier hummus, blend it longer, adding a bit more olive oil or a splash of cold water to achieve the desired consistency.
Yes, though a food processor is typically preferred for achieving the best texture, a high-powered blender can also do the job. Just be sure to scrape down the sides frequently.
- 8 cloves garlic
- 3 cans chickpeas , drained and rinsed (15 ounce cans)
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2/3 cup lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons olive oil , plus more for drizzling on top
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika , for garnish
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Add the garlic, chickpeas, kosher salt, tahini (directions for tahini below), lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a food processor.
- 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
- Add sesame seeds to a dry small frying pan on medium heat.
- Stir and cook, until just toasted (not burned), then immediately remove from the heat and let cool.
- Add to a small food processor and add olive oil in a very thin stream until creamy.
Variations on Classic Hummus
Classic Hummus is a versatile dish that can be tailored to suit various taste preferences and dietary needs. Experimenting with different ingredients and flavors can transform this simple dish into something new and exciting every time. Here are some delightful variations to try:
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus: Blend in roasted red peppers for a sweet and smoky flavor. This variant adds a vibrant color and a subtle sweetness that pairs well with pita chips.
- Spicy Hummus: Add a kick to your hummus with a dash of hot sauce, cayenne pepper, or diced jalapeños. Perfect for those who enjoy a little heat in their dips.
- Black Bean Hummus: Substitute chickpeas with black beans and add cumin and lime juice for a Mexican twist. This version is great as a spread in wraps or burritos.
- Lemon and Herb Hummus: Increase the amount of lemon juice and add fresh herbs like dill or basil for a refreshing and tangy flavor.
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