Hummus is a dip, spread, or savory dish made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, lemon juice, and garlic. It is popular in the Middle East and in Middle Eastern cuisine around the globe. It can also be found in most grocery stores in North America and Europe. Wikipedia
- The night before: Soak the chickpeas in 3x as much water, plus 1 tablespoon of baking soda over night, or for 12 hours.
- Rinse the chickpeas very well under running cold water, pick out any discoloured ones.
- Drain and add the chickpeas plus 1 tablespoon of baking soda to a large pot. Cook over medium-high heat for about 2 minutes stirring constantly. This softens the skins of the chickpeas.
- Add 3x as much water to the pot and bring to a boil, skimming off any foam that surfaces to the top. Lower heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 1 hour. The chickpeas should be very tender and completely falling apart. Drain; set aside to cool.
- In a food processor add the lemon juice, garlic and salt, and pulse till the garlic is completely dissolved (about 1 minute).
- Add the chickpeas and process until mixture is completely smooth (around 4 mins).
- While the food processor is still running add the cumin, then slowly stream in the tahini. Thin with ice cold water for a looser consistency. The hummus should be very smooth and easy to spread.
- To serve dollop desired amount into a shallow bowl. Using the back of the spoon make a well and drizzle the center with extra virgin olive oil. You can garnish hummus with almost anything from fried chickpeas to minced meat (hummus b-lahmeh) to tomatoes and parsley.
Make sure to let the Hummus rest for 30 mins before serving. You can keep Hummus in the fridge for up to 3 days. Before digging in, make sure to take it out at least half an hour before to allow it come to room temperature.
Complimentary: Roma Tomatos, Green Onions