A step-by-step tutorial
Learning how to make hummus couldn’t be easier. Here I will show you how to do it one step at a time – with pictures even!
Let’s first talk about what hummus actually is and how you use it. Hummus is a tasty spread that originated in the Middle East and is traditionally made with chick peas, lemon juice, olive oil, tahini and garlic.
It has become wildly popular as a dip and sandwich spread and can be found in every supermarket. So why bother making it yourself?
Easy. Making it yourself is easy, cheaper and you can flavor it any way you like. You also can make it much healthier by lowering the fat content or salt if that is of concern for you.
This tutorial discusses the method of how to make hummus. Need a specific recipe? Check out my basic low fat hummus recipe.
You can either use cooked-from-scratch chick peas or canned. If you are using canned, drain and rinse very well in a colander. Place in a food processor or blender (food processor works best).
Add your tahini, lemon juice and seasonings (see below for suggestions).
Pulse the food processor a few times to combine ingredients. Then turn on and let run for about 30 seconds. Stop, and scrape down sides.
Once the ingredients are combined a bit, taste for lemon. If it is good and you need to thin it out a little, use water. If it needs lemon flavor, use lemon juice to thin it out a bit (added as food processor is running).
Let food processor run for several minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides once and a while.
At this point, when the hummus is smooth and creamy, it’s done. I told you that was easy!
Optional Step 5
You can add fresh herbs or whole chick peas (to make it chunky) if you’d like, pulsed in a few times.
Note: Always taste for seasoning and adjust to your liking. (Keep in mind that the flavors of the garlic and spices will become more pronounced after the hummus is refrigerated. Lemon flavor may decrease after refrigeration – you could always add a bit more to freshen it up).
Suggestions for making it your own…
Really, the sky’s the limit when it comes to variations on hummus. Here are some suggestions for how to make hummus with your own special flare…
- …change up the beans that you use. Try cannellini beans, great northern, kidney or black beans.
- …instead of tahini, use another type of nut or seed butter like almond butter, cashew, walnut or even peanut butter – who knows?
- …instead of lemon juice use lime or orange juice, or even try a vinegar such as red wine, rice or apple cider vinegar.
- …vary the spices. Try cumin, coriander, cayenne, chili powder, thyme, oregano, basil…any of your favorites!
- …experiment with fresh herbs like cilantro, parsley, mint, dill…just have fun with it!
Now you know how to make hummus for yourself so give it a try!