20 February 2009

hummus is good

I really do love hummus. It's the perfect snack. It's good on sandwiches, chips, veggies, and of course, falafel. I try to have hummus on hand almost all the time and over time, I've come up with a pretty darn good recipe (at least I think it's good!) and I figured I'd share it with you all here. I like to use dried chickpeas because it saves on packaging and is a lot cheaper than canned beans! I'm very lucky to have a coop nearby that has an incredible bulk foods department, but if you don't have access to (or are not a fan of) dried chickpeas, I think these proportions would work with a 15 oz can of chickpeas. Now, go forth, and make yourself the perfect weekend snack. Happy Friday Friends!

1 cup dried chickpeas
2-3 cloves of garlic
juice of 2-3 lemons
4 tbl tahini
8 tbl olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
3/4 tsp cayenne powder

In a medium pot, cover the chickpeas with about 2 inches of water and soak them overnight and then simmer for 20-30 minutes. (If you forget to soak them overnight, you can use the "quick" method of bringing to a boil and then letting them sit for about 1.5-2 hours before cooking). Drain chickpeas and let them cool, reserving at least 1/2 cup of the water that you cooked them in. Once the chickpeas are cooled down, combine all ingredients (except the water) in a food processor and process away! You'll probably need to add about 1/2 cup or so of the water to get the hummus to a nice creamy consistency, but this may vary. Enjoy!


  1. I need to go buy some tahini. Today. (Insert stomach growling here.)

  2. hunnus IS good and since finding out that it's the easiest, and very inexpensive, thing to make I cannot believe how many times I bought a tub of it from the store.
    Never more!
    Never more!

  3. um...that was supposed to read "hummus" but if you have a good recipe for hunnus, please pass it along!