Making your own Hummus is quite easy and there are countless ways you can flavor it.
All you need is some Tahini, Chickpeas (which have many nutritional benefits), neutral flavor oil (such as canola), lemon juice and seasonings. A food processor will also be required. The trick to making good hummus is the order you add the ingredients.
Drain a 425 g (15 oz) can of chickpeas and rinse well.
Add 1/4 cup tahini and 1/4 cup lemon juice along with salt and pepper to taste into your food processor (I recommend 1/2 to 1 tsp of all purpose seasoning). Puree for a minute. Then add your main flavorings (see ideas below) and process for another minute or until smooth.
Add 1/3 of the chickpeas and puree for a few minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add another 1/3 of the chickpeas and puree again. Repeat until all the chickpeas are added.
Depending on what flavorings you chose the mixture will most likely be too thick. Gradually add small amounts of oil and process until your get the texture you want. Generally hummus is quite thick even at room temperature.
Put into a container and enjoy! I generally use crackers to eat it but celery stalks do nicely too.
Here’s some things I’ve tried for the flavor. Use your imagination – with hummus you can’t go wrong.
- Plain. Nothing wrong with that
- Roasted Garlic and peeled Red Pepper (I use the ones in jars for this). This is the one shown in the main image
- Kiwi fruit and hot Chilies (this can be very nice)
- Sweet Potato
- Black Bean
- Hot Chilies
I think you get the idea. Since chickpeas are have a neutral taste you can try just about anything! And you control the salt level so make it as low sodium as you want.