The Best Hummus Recipe: Step-By-Step
Cooked Chickpeas - 500g Tahini - 50g Garlic - 2 cloves Cumin - 1 tsp Olive oil - Lemon - 1
SOAK DRIED CHICKPEAS
Soak the dried chickpeas overnight. It's cheaper and healthier to use dried chickpeas!
ADD BAKING SODA
Secret 1 for a smooth hummus is to add a spoon of baking soda when soaking to help break down the chickpea skin.
Cover and leave chickpeas in the fridge overnight or on the worktop if your kitchen is not too warm.
DOUBLE IN SIZE
The chickpeas will double in size overnight! This recipe calls for 500g of cooked chickpeas, so you will need about 150g of dried chickpeas to start.
ADD FRESH WATER
Strain the chickpeas, rinse well and top up with fresh water to cook.
ADD SALT & COOK
Add salt to the pan of chickpeas and turn on to cook.
COOK FOR 1 HOUR
Cook the chickpeas for approximately 1 hour on a gentle simmer. loosely covered with a lid. Top up with water if they dry out.
STRAIN COOKED CHICKPEAS
Drain the chickpeas when they are fully cooked (or even overcooked) make sure they are soft. KEEP THE LIQUID!
TOAST CUMIN SEED
Meanwhile, toast the cumin seeds in a dry pan for 1 minute on medium heat until fragrant.
Secret 2 is to freshly grind the cumin seeds to make your hummus sing!
POUND THE CUMIN
You can use a spice grinder, blender or a 'mortar and pestle' to grind the toasted cumin seeds into a fine aromatic powder.
Use as much garlic as you like. I add 2-3 cloves of garlic for this recipe.
JUICE LEMON & ADD GARLIC
Secret 3 is to add the garlic and lemon juice together for 10 minutes, it softens the pungency of garlic and gives it a clean, smooth fresher punch.
Secret 4 is to whisk the sesame seed tahini paste with some cold water.
This makes makes the creamiest and smoothest tahini, fundamental for a memorable hummus.
AQUAFABA ICE CUBES
Aquafaba is the name of the cooking liquid from chickpeas. Secret 5 is to freeze some of the chickpea cooking liquid and then blend these ice cubes with the hummus.
BLEND ALL INGREDIENTS
Time to blend. Add all the ingredients to a high speed blender.
BLEND UNTIL SUPER SMOOTH
If your hummus is not smooth, add another splash of water and keep on blending until smooth! This is secret number 6!
I like to spatula the blended hummus into a mixing bowl to check the seasoning and consistency. Taste and adjust.
And that's the best hummus recipe. Now it's up to you to bring this recipe to life in your kitchen!
MY 3 FAVORITE HUMMUS VARIATIONS
Add beetroot juice to the classic hummus recipe for this vibrant and healthy variation .
This is my favourite variation. Add some roasted pumpkin puree into the classic hummus recipe.
This may change your life! Leave out the garlic and lemon. Add almond butter, cacao, maple, dates, cinnamon, vanilla and orange zest.
The cheapest and most authentic way to experience Thai life. Prepare yourself, some like it hot!