Today we are going to prepare the original and homemade recipe of chickpea hummus. It is a Middle Eastern and more precisely Arabic dish (hummus means chickpea), which is the most successful in the Western world. And we must admit that it is one of our favorite vegan recipes. Are your taste buds already tickling? Great! Keep reading below to make your own hummus.
What Is Hummus?
It is a cream or puree made from chickpeas and tahini (sesame paste), healthy and 100% vegan.
Moreover, it is rich in vegetable proteins, fiber, iron and low in fat.
Hummus is a healthy recipe and an easy dish to prepare: you need few (and cheap) ingredients, a blender and only 5 minutes to make a tasty homemade cream that can be kept in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Ideal for dipping, spreading or to complement your vegan or vegetarian dishes, hummus has different recipes.
Original Homemade Chickpea Hummus
The original and most traditional is chickpea hummus (also called chickpea puree, chickpea pate or chickpea cream).
But there are many variations such as lentil hummus, olive hummus or sun-dried tomato hummus. And with a little imagination, you can also create new types of hummus to your taste.
The secret to making the perfect hummus (that doesn’t taste too squashed) lies in the right proportion between the ingredients.
Now let’s get to work…
- 400 g cooked chickpeas
- 4 tablespoons of tahini
- Juice of 2 lemons
- 1 teacup of water
- 3-4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, plus 2 tablespoons for seasoning at the end of cooking
- Paprika for garnish
- 1 pinch garlic powder or 1 fresh garlic
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
- Put all the ingredients in a blender.
- Blend them until you create a homogeneous cream.
- To serve, garnish with sweet paprika and dress with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
- Optional: add cumin to taste.
- To prevent the garlic from repeating, remove the germ (the central part) or use garlic powder.
- You can use canned chickpeas but I recommend preparing them the day before, so you will have a 100% homemade hummus, without preservatives or dyes.
Other Vegan Hummus Recipes
The one you just saw is the traditional homemade hummus recipe. However, there are also other varieties of chickpea cream and we recommend you take a look at them to find the one you like the most
Lentil Hummus Recipe
The lentil hummus is an interesting variation of the traditional hummus. It is prepared with classic or red lentils and is rich in fiber, protein and iron.
It keeps for 4 to 5 days in the refrigerator.
Hummus with Kalamata Olives
If you prefer intense flavors, the kalamata olive hummus is the recipe not to be missed. An extraordinary chickpea puree with an intense olive flavor, ideal as a spread.
Hummus with Dried Tomatoes Recipe
Hummus with sun-dried tomatoes gives a touch of color and a different flavor to the classic hummus recipe. It is prepared in 5 minutes.
Sun-dried tomatoes are rich in iron and high in vitamins C and lycopene, two antioxidants that are very important for your skin.
Kale Hummus Recipe
Kale hummus is an original variation based on kale or collard greens. Easy to make, healthy and based on extra virgin olive oil.
Basil Hummus Recipe
Basil hummus is a very original recipe. Chickpeas cover neither the taste nor the smell of basil. And its cream is very tasty and fresh.
Gluten free and ideal for snacking or spreading.
How to Accompany Homemade Hummus
Whichever recipe you choose, vegan hummus is ideal for spreading or dipping. In short, for snacking.
Make it with some amazing yucca chips or traditional nachos and… you’ll lick your fingers!
However, you can also use the chickpea puree to accompany any vegan salad, spread on a veggie sandwich, a pita bread, an Italian piadina or a veggie kebab.
The only limit is your creativity!
And, we assure you that after trying our recipe you will stop buying packaged hummus from supermarkets. And besides… it’s worth it!
What’s your favorite homemade dipping sauce? Let us know in the comments below.