Who doesn’t like a good creamy hummus!
We think that chickpea hummus is a delicious dip. Or serve it for lunch with a little lettuce and grilled pita bread or naan bread!
We love making it from scratch: our very own unbeatable best hummus recipe!
Yes, you can easily find ready made jars of hummus in every supermarket and deli these days.
Store bought hummus is very useful if you are running a little late to make your own.
Do you sometimes prepare hummus at home?
Pour a tin of cooked chickpeas in the blender, add spices and olive oil.
Easy and delicious.
However you can make that hummus even better by paying attention to just a couple of small details.
Take a look at these 6 tips, all tested and approved!
The best hummus recipe: 6 tips to make the creamiest chickpea hummus at home
1. Use dry chickpeas
There is nothing more convenient than opening a can of cooked chickpeas of course.
However making hummus with dry chickpeas is way better, but it just takes a little more time to make it.
Same goes for falafels by the way!
Soak the dry chickpeas overnight in enough water and cook them the next day until they are extremely soft and mushy. Drain the chickpeas and puree them in the blender, while they are still warm.
Exactly, don’t let them cool down first.
End result: a very creamy hummus that contains a lot more flavor!
2. Peel the cooked chickpeas
Doesn’t your hummus seem to get glossy and smooth, no matter how long you mix it in the blender?
Then it is probably because of the skins around the chickpeas. Gently squeeze them out one by one or softly rub them between the palms of your hands until the skins come off.
Again a job that takes up a little extra time to do but it will definitely pay off in the end!
3. Go easy on the olive oil
If you add olive oil while blending the chickpeas, the hummus can become quite heavy and sticky.
Therefore add splashes of water in the beginning.
Save the olive oil for the end: drizzle your finished hummus with a good quality aromatic extra virgin olive oil.
4. Add tehina sesame paste
There is no hummus without tahini of course.
You can easily find this Eastern sesame paste in the supermarket nowadays.
No tahini around where you live?
You can also add a few drops of sesame oil if you like.
Don’t overdo things, that sesame flavor is much stronger than the subtle flavor of the chickpeas.
5. Add extra herbs and flavors
Keep it very simple: this best hummus recipe doesn’t really need more than salt and pepper.
Of course you can add spices such as cumin, coriander, sumac or turmeric.
If you prefer to keep hummus classic, these stronger flavors stay better in the cupboard.
If you still want to give the hummus a fresh touch, you can add a few drops of fresh lemon juice or a little mashed raw garlic.
Just a little, don’t exaggerate here either.
6. Add ice cubes or ice water
To make the hummus extra light and creamy, add ice cubes instead of water while blending.
Is the hummus too heavy, too sticky or too dry?
Add a splash of very hot water and blend again.
So here is our very own best hummus recipe!
This popular and tasty homemade chickpea puree is a great summer dipping sauce or lunch idea!
What flavors does your personal hummus recipe contain?
It is hard to find the best hummus recipe.
Everyone has his or her version of a good hummus.
If you browse the internet at least everyone has his or her personal hummus recipe depending on taste, the ingredients available or family traditions.
For example I came across a lot of people using tehina or sesame paste, the crucial flavor in the classic chickpea hummus.
Are you familiar with tehina sesame paste?
Well, tehina is not that easy to find around here and if I coincidentally come to stumble upon it, the paste is pretty pricy for the amount you need for this recipe. So this is what I always do: I use a creative alternative, toasted sesame oil.
So why would you still buy ready made hummus if you can easily make a good hummus at home?
All you need are the required ingredients below and a good blender. Spread the hummus generously on a piece of fresh bread or serve it as a healthy appetizer dip.
No need to say more.
Do you like hummus with a twist?
Here’s my own best hummus recipe: this popular and tasty homemade chickpea puree is a great summer dipping sauce or lunch idea!
Our best hummus recipe
Prep time: overnight
Cook time : 1 hour
Servings: 4 persons
- ½ cup (100 g) dried chickpeas, soaked overnight
- 3 tbsp olive oil (45 ml)
- 1 tbsp tehina sesame paste (or sesame oil)
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Drain the soaked chickpeas and cook them in plenty of water until they are super soft and mushy.
- Strain the chickpeas. Remove the skins if you like.
- Add the chickpeas to a large blender while they are still warm.
- Also add a pinch of salt, tablespoon of olive oil, half of the lemon juice and half of the tehina (or one drop of sesame oil).
- Blend the chickpeas well.
- Keep adding extra water and tehina until the texture is soft and smooth.
- Add extra lemon juice and salt to taste.
- Scoop the hummus in a serving bowl and drizzle with the rest of the olive oil.
How about you?
Do you like to make hummus at home?
Or do you prefer the store bought version?
Send us your best hummus recipe in the comments below.
We’d love to hear from you!