While you can buy commercial hummus, I usually make my own because it tastes so much fresher. Here’s my simple hummus recipes which only takes 5-10 minutes.
Worth the effort!
If you don’t have a food processor you could mash everything together with a fork for a more chunky rustic version. Or enlist the strength of your stick blender.
Home Made Hummus
- 1 can chickpeas (400g / 14oz), drained
- 1-2 cloves garlic peeled
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons tahini
Puree all ingredients in a food processor with 3 tablespoons water. Use a high speed and keep the motor running until the hummus is creamy and smooth.
Taste and season, adding a little more lemon juice or tahini if needed.
Variations & Substitutions
different legumes – chickpeas are traditional but white beans are equally as good. Lentils give a more earthy, interesting flavour. I haven’t tried red or black beans but they should work just as well.
vegetable based / chickpea-free – replace some or all of the legumes with cooked vegetables. You need about 250g (1/2 lb) cooked veg. Roast carrots or beets are really lovely. Sweet potato, pumpkin, butternut squash, cauliflower or parsnip are also great.
can’t find tahini? – tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. Replace with ground nut butters such as almond, cashew or brazil nut. Peanut butter could also be used but the flavour will be completely different.
home cooked chickpeas – feel free to use your own chickpeas cooked like these beans. If you forget to save the cooking liquid like I often do then just use water.
Hummus Usage Ideas
as a dip – serve on a platter with pita bread or chopped raw veg such as carrots, celery, capsicum (bell peppers), or radish.
as a sauce / side – to serve with roast or grilled vegetables, fish or meat.
on sandwiches – also lovely as a spread on sandwiches, wraps or hot buttered toast.
Absolutely. Takes 5-10 minutes.
Storage Best Practices
Store in an airtight container. Will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Can be frozen for up to 12 months.
Waste Avoidance Strategy
chickpeas, garlic, tahini – pantry
lemon – will keep in a plastic bag in the fridge for months.
Problem Solving Guide
lumpy – keep whizzing until the hummus is super smooth.
bland – be generous with the seasoning. And add a little more tahini and lemon juice if you think it will help.
don’t have a food processor? – make a more chunky style hummus by just mashing everything together with a fork. Make sure you chop the garlic nice and fine.
Have fun in the kitchen!