I love hummus. It is one of my new favourite snacks to make and is great for parties or get togethers. I have always been shocked at how expensive it is to buy hummus in grocery stores. Over $5 for a small little container is highway robbery considering how cheap the ingredients are. However up until a few months ago I really had no idea how simple it was to make, especially if you have a really good food processor.
Over the course of the last two months I have been experimenting with getting my hummus the way I like it, and I think I finally have a recipe I am happy with.
1 can of chickpeas
1 large red pepper
3-4 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon of tahini
1 large lemon
2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon cumin
3 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon coarse salt
Turn on your oven and set it to broil. Cut up your red pepper into 4 pieces. Place the pieces of pepper skin side up on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Cook the peppers under the broiler for about 20-25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the pepper cool.
In a food processor chop the garlic until finely chopped. Drain the chickpeas and add to the food processor and mix until the chickpeas are nicely pureed. Add the tahini, the juice of a large lemon, and the red pepper. Mix again until nicely blended. The mix so far will likely be a bit stiff. To make it a little more smooth add olive oil or water until the hummus reaches the right consistency.
Once you have your consistency add the cumin and paprika and mix in. Finally add the salt to taste. Refrigerate the hummus for 2-3 hours before serving to let the flavours settle.
The main thing to keep in mind when making hummus is to constantly be tasting it as you add your ingredients. In this way you will be able to easily determine if you need more or less of a given ingredient. This will allow you to really get the taste you want. Since I usually like a more garlicy and lemony hummus I will often add another clove or squeeze a bit more lemon juice in to get the taste I like. I suggest you do the same!
When serving feel free to drizzle a bit of olive oil on top, as well as sprinkle with paprika.
Hummus is a delicious healthy snack that is incredibly simple and inexpensive to make. There is no reason to buy expensive hummus from the grocery store, when you can make your own that tastes so much better.
Here are a few more photos from making my latest batch of hummus.