Hummus at Home
IntroductionI've seen tons of hummus recipes here, but few with serving sizes or variations. This one takes about 5 minutes to make and is just as good, and less expensive, than store-bought. *Garnishing with diced tomato and green onion or parsley makes a festive red-and-green dish for Christmas parties. I've seen tons of hummus recipes here, but few with serving sizes or variations. This one takes about 5 minutes to make and is just as good, and less expensive, than store-bought. *Garnishing with diced tomato and green onion or parsley makes a festive red-and-green dish for Christmas parties.
1 cans chick peas (Kroger brand works fine)
Juice from 1 large lemon
1/2 tbsp whole cumin seed, toasted
1 tsp minced garlic
2 tbsp tahini or sesame paste
1/2 tsp sea or kosher salt (use more/less to taste)
1/4 cup water or chick pea liquid
Paprika, smoked or hungarian hot (optional)
Diced green onion and/or tomato for garnish (optional)
*For a hot and spicy variation, add 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes or 1/4 tsp hot pepper paste and mix well.
*Add cayenne pepper and diced green chilis, and use half lemon/half lime juice for a mediterranean/mexican fusion.
*Calories and carbs can be reduced by eliminating the tahini, if desired, but other spices may need to be adjusted to make up for the flavor difference.
Drain chick peas and reserve at least 1/4 cup of the liquid for blending/thinning the mixture later. (If you do not want to use the liquid, substitute plain water.) Add chick peas and all other ingredients to food processor. (Swirl a fork around inside halves of lemon while squeezing into the processor to remove all the juice; discard any seeds.)
Crush toasted cumin seeds and add to processor. Pour in chick pea liquid or water and process till smooth. More or less liquid can be added during processing to achieve preferred consistency.
Season with salt to taste and garnish with paprika if desired. Serve with sliced cucumber "chips", raw veggies, or Triscuit crackers, or stuff into celery stalks for snacks or party platters.
Serving Size: Makes 4 quarter-cup servings. (Total yield appr. 1 cup)