Once you know that it only takes 3 ingredients to make your own hummus, you will simply never never buy it again.
I’ve always seen hummus as a very unattractive dip. Before I tasted it, I thought it would tasty like dirt. Much to my surprise, it was an elegant spread that danced well to earthy and tasty flavours. Now, I’ve simply scratched hummus from my grocery list!
Never buy hummus again
In this post I will share a basic 3 ingredient hummus recipe with you. We will also discuss other ingredients you can add to take your hummus to flavour town.
3 ingredients to make your own hummus
When you combine chickpeas, sesame tahini and lemon juice you have simply laid the foundation for the classic dip.
The three ingredients to make hummus is plain and simple, but your hummus dip should not stop there.
Hummus recipe flavours
We all have a cabinet filled with spices we don’t use enough. I know, I’m with you. But when we stood in the spice isle at the grocery store, ready to pick up: cumin and cayenne pepper, we envisioned how we would become spice masters and create wonderful dishes. So many foods are much better well seasoned.
Spices can be scary. They don’t have to be. I learn by trying and testing. If I’m unsure if a spice will compliment my dish, I pick it up and smell it. Then I imagine the smell of the food, and pair it with the scent of the spice. Our noses are the great indicators that can predict flavours prior well.
Start with cayenne pepper. Start small, you can always add more later. Once it’s mixed in, grab a spoon and try the food. Then you’ll know to add more, or add more of something else.
I have also benefited much from practicing recipes. This is teaching me what other more experienced food creators have already established taste good together.
The 3 ingredients to make your own hummus recipe is simply the beginning.
More or less
I believe that every recipe is a good start for you to deviate from. This is because a base line is a good start, but each person is unique. Each person’s way of experiencing flavours is unique.
Therefore, you can take this recipe and run with it to your own palette’s liking.
For example, most hummus dips are too salty for me. With that said, lately I have have been told more regularly that my food mis under salted. Perhaps my salt palette is off base. The point is, you can decide what to add more of or what to add less of in your hummus recipe.
The way to do this, is to record how much of each ingredient you are adding. Then, at the final product decide what to change next time.
How to make hummus easily
Food processor. The easiest way I have found to make hummus easily is by using my food processor. You can also use any blender like a Vitamix or Bullet to make this hummus recipe. We use a Cuisinart 14 cup food processor, which is a great time saver when chopping and combining messy foods.
Spatula. To save every last bit of your hummus, you can scrape your bowl with a spatula.
Hummus with a food processor
To make hummus with a food processor or blender, all you have to do it combine the ingredients into the bowl and blend.
It is helpful to note that if you are going to double or even triple this recipe, you should make 2 or 3 batches. This is because most food processors have a maximum fill line. If you are making too much hummus at once (like I did one time), the content will not blend well. If your food processor it too full, you will end up removing half and making a great mess. Spare yourself the headache and rather make the hummus in batches.
3 ingredients for hummus
These 3 ingredients is the base to make your own hummus:
- Chickpeas (and cooking sauce)
- Sesame seed tahini
- Lemon juice
With the basic 3 ingredients, follow these directions to make your own hummus:
- Soak chickpeas (if you aren’t using canned chickpeas)
- Pressure cook chickpeas
- Combine all in food processor and blend
Print the recipe
- Pressure Cooker for example an Instant Pot
- Food Processor for example a Cuisinart 14 cup food processor
- 2 cups chickpeas
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup sesame tahini paste
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 tbs olive oil
- Soak the chickpeas in water overnight (or for several days)
- Add chickpeas in pressure cooker and cover with water
- Pressure cook chickpeas in pressure cooker for 20 minutes
- Crush garlic and salt in a stone and mortar
- Combine everything in the food processor and process
- If the mixture is too thick, add some water or leftover chickpeas water
- Store in jar or container in the fridge right away
How do you eat hummus
Hummus as a dip
I eat hummus as a veggie dip or a chip dip. Since we began making sourdough bread, we have been pairing hummus with sourdough crackers (recipe here).
Hummus as a spread
We also keep jars of the hummus in our fridge, which make a tasty spread for lunch sandwiches. When I’m in a sandwich rut and don’t know how I can make Walter’s sandwiches special, I spread the hummus and sprinkle some shredded cheese. This usually holds him over until I get new sandwich inspiration.
What to eat with hummus
Veggies with hummus
When you have guest over that you want to impress, scoop hummus into a bowl beside your carrots, cauliflower and tomato charcuterie board. Not only will the dip entire them to your veggies, but it will also fill them more.
Crackers with hummus
Any cracker with crunch well with a dip of hummus. This is our go to snack during the day or when we have friends over. You can pack hummus with crackers in for long drives snacks. They will satisfy your salty cravings and also subside your hunger.
Cheese with hummus
Cheese sticks paid well with hummus. We also add cheese slices to our sandwiches spread with hummus.
Pin 3 ingredients to make your own hummus, and never buy it again
Now that you know the 3 ingredients to make your own hummus, and can also never buy it again. I love learning about all the things that we can make ourselves. It is satisfying knowing that is one less thing that needs to be processed in the world, but rather was processed in my kitchen.