Friday, September 19, 2014

Smooth Hummus Recipe

This is simple homemade hummus recipe with tahini. Tahini is paste made from ground, hulled sesame seeds used in North African, Greek, Turkish, and Middle Eastern cuisine.

Making perfect hummus is adding ingredients in sequence to food processor. First tahini and lemon juice goes in food processor, then oil garlic and finally chickpeas with some water. That's it, sound easy? Yes it is.. :)

Time:10 minutes+soaking time
Yeild: 2 cups


1 cup chickpeas(store bought 1 can)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup tahini(sesame seed paste)
1-3 garlic pods(minced-adjust to taste)

1 green chili(minced-optional)1 tsp roasted cumin powder
2 tbsp olive oil(plus more for serving)
salt to taste
2 to 3 tbsp water
Dash of paprika/degi mirch/ Kashmiri red chili powder(for serving)

1. Soak chickpeas in 2 cups of water overnight. Next day, with very little water pressure cook for 3 whistles. Let it cool completely. (or use store bought chickpeas can)

2. In the bowl of a food processor, combine tahini and lemon juice. Process for 1 minute. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl then turn on and process for 30 seconds.

3. Add the olive oil, minced garlic, minced green chili, cumin and the salt to whipped tahini. Process for 30 seconds, scrape sides and bottom of bowl then process another 30 seconds.

4. Add half of the cooked chickpeas to the food processor then process for 1 minute. 

5. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl, add remaining chickpeas and process for 1 to 2 minutes or until thick and quite smooth. While blending slowly add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water until the consistency is perfect.

6. Scrape the hummus into a bowl then drizzle about 1 tbsp of olive oil over the top and sprinkle with paprika/ degi mirch/ kashmiri red chili powder.

7. Serve with pita bread, tortilla chips. enjoy.  

8. Store hummus in an airtight container and refrigerate up to two week.

1. If using store bought chickpeas can, before adding to food processor drain liquid from can then rinse well with water.
2. Always scrape down side and bottom of of food processor bowl to give it good consistency.

Adapted from Food Network's Ina-garten