Hummus Dip is smooth and creamy, rich garlicky flavored dip or spread prepared using chickpeas or garbanzo bean as main ingredient.
This authentic homemade hummus is super easy to make and better than any store bought hummus dip. Also, this hummus recipe is rich in plant-based protein, and is vegan and gluten free.
What is hummus?
I was surprised to know that lot of people are not familiar with what hummus is. Hummus is a delicious spread or dip prepared using cooked chickpeas or garbanzo beans as the main ingredient along with olive oil, tahini, lime juice and spices. This is one of the popular food in the United States, Middle East, and the Mediterranean region.
- Chickpeas or garbanzo beans : canned chickpeas or dried chickpeas soaked overnight and cooked, both of them work in the recipe.
- Garlic cloves : raw or roasted in olive oil. Both works great again. If you are not a garlic lover, reduce the amount in the recipe.
- Olive oil : makes it luxurious and rich.
- Lime juice or Lemon juice
- Tahini : a paste made by grinding sesame seeds to a smooth paste. You can use homemade tahini sauce or store bought one.
Can you make hummus without tahini?
Yes. You can make hummus without tahini. Tahini is used to add nutty flavor to the hummus dip. You can simply skip it. A simple chickpea puree with other ingredients is still delicious and creamy.
You can also add yogurt or any unsweetened nut butter (cashew, almond, peanut) instead of tahini. The taste and flavor will vary accordingly.
What to dip in hummus or Things to eat with hummus?
Mezze is incomplete without a bowl of smooth and creamy hummus and warm pita bread. It can also be served with tortilla chips, veggies like carrots, red or green peppers, celery sticks, etc.
Hummus is served as side with couscous salad, tabbouleh, chicken shawarma bowls, etc.
You can also use this as spread for your sandwich, for marinades, salad dressing, bread toast, buddha bowl, etc.
What does hummus dip taste like?
A creamy paste that is rich and garlicy. The texture of hummus is like mayonnaise or any other creamy spread.
Is hummus healthy?
Hummus is naturally high in protein and good fat because of chickpeas, olive oil, and tahini paste making it healthy option for weight loss or plant-based diet.
Is hummus keto friendly?
Traditional hummus that uses only chickpeas is not keto friendly as it is high in carbs and in keto diet this is a major restriction. So if you are on keto diet, you can still make hummus dip but with variation by reducing the amount of chickpeas and adding roasted cauliflower or avocado.
One of the most popular chickpeas recipe that my family loves apart from chole or chana masala. I always make variations to hummus depending on the ingredients available in my pantry.
- Sriracha Hummus Dip - add about ¼ cup of Sriracha sauce per can of chickpeas. This would be great variation for spicy food lovers.
- Arugula Hummus Dip - add about 1 cup of arugula for one can of chickpeas. This gives the dip a special zesty flavor.
- Black Bean hummus - make black bean to chickpeas ratio 1 : 1 in the recipe. A can of black beans and a can of chickpeas , each 15 oz.
- Creamy Avocado Hummus - just mash and add about 2 avocados to the hummus mixture before blending. One of the best variation and would be great hit at parties as a dip for pita chips, tortilla chips, veggies, etc.
- Green Hummus - 1 cup of leafy herbs like parsley or cilantro or basil or combination of all 3 for 1 can of garbanzo beans.
- Sun-dried Tomato Hummus - ¾ cup of sun dried tomatoes for a can of chickpeas.
- Sesame hummus - 1 teaspoon of toasted sesame added to hummus mixture before blending.
- Beetroot hummus - 1 beetroot boiled and added to hummus mixture before blending. Gives a beautiful red color and sweetness to the hummus.
- White bean or cannellini bean hummus - similar to black bean hummus follow 1 : 1 ratio.
- Red pepper hummus : 1 roasted red pepper added to hummus mixture before blending.
- Roasted cauliflower hummus : About 1 cup of cauliflower and added to hummus mixture before blending. Ideal hummus version for a keto diet.
I can go on with variations but let me pause here. Do share your favorite one below and I would love to try. I will share detailed recipe for all soon.
How to make hummus dip from scratch at home or What is hummus sauce made of?
Canned or dried chickpeas works good for the recipe. If using canned chickpeas this recipe is ready in less than 10 minutes. If you are using dried chickpeas, read this post on how to cook them.
- In a blender or food processor add a can of cooked chickpeas (reserve some for decoration), garlic cloves, 4 tablespoon olive oil, salt, lime juice, tahini, and blitz for 2 to 3 minutes until smooth or creamy. If necessary add more olive oil or aquafaba (drained water from can of chickpeas or water in which they are cooked) or ice cold water to loosen the hummus.
- At this point taste and add more salt or any other ingredient for flavoring if necessary.
- Transfer the hummus into a serving bowl. Make a well in the center and pour 1 tablespoon olive oil. decorate with remaining chickpeas. Garnish it with cayenne powder and parsley, this is optional.
- Hummus dip is ready. Serve with carrots, capsicum, celery, crackers, pita chips, tortillas chips, tortillas, pita bread, any flat bread like naan, roti, chapati, etc. and enjoy!
Make ahead and storing and freezing hummus
Once hummus is prepared you can store it in an airtight container in fridge for up to 7 days and freezer for up to 1 month.
SOME OF THE BEST AND EASY CHICKPEAS RECIPES OR CHOLE OR CHANA RECIPES
- Chana Masala or Chickpeas Curry
- Traditional Falafel recipe
- Chickpeas potato salad or Aloo chana chaat
- Chole tikka masala or Chickpea tikka masala
- Chane usli
- Baked Falafel
- Arugula Hummus dip
- Sriracha Hummus dip
- Chole or Chickpeas tikka
Detailed recipe for Easy Homemade Traditional and Authentic Hummus Dip from scratch
HUMMUS DIP | EASY, AUTHENTIC AND TRADITIONAL HOMEMADE HUMMUS FROM SCRATCH
- 2 cans Chickpeas or Garbanzo beans (15oz), drained
- 6 to 8 Garlic cloves (raw or roasted) (check tips)
- 4 tablespoon + 1 tablespoon Olive oil, more as needed
- Salt to taste
- 4 tablespoon Lime juice or Lemon juice
- 6 tablespoon Tahini (optional, check tips)
- Cayenne powder, for garnish
- Parsley finely chopped, for garnish
- In a blender or food processor add chickpeas (reserve some for decoration), garlic cloves, 4 tablespoon of olive oil, salt, lime juice, tahini, and blitz for 2 to 3 minutes until smooth or creamy. If necessary add more olive oil or aquafaba (drained water from cooked chickpeas) or even 2 to 3 tablespoon of ice cold water to loosen the hummus and make it more creamy.
- At this point, taste and add more salt or any other ingredient for flavoring if necessary.
- Transfer the hummus into a serving bowl. Make a well in the center and pour 1 tablespoon olive oil. Decorate with remaining chickpeas. Garnish it with cayenne pepper powder and parsley.
- Hummus dip is ready. Serve with carrots, capsicum, celery, crackers, pita bread, pita chips, etc. and enjoy!
- You can make hummus without tahini. Tahini is used to add nutty flavor to the hummus dip. On the other hand, simple chickpea puree with remaining ingredients is still delicious and creamy.
- You can also add yogurt or any unsweetened nut butter (cashew, almond, peanut) instead of tahini. The taste and flavor will vary accordingly.
- If you are not a garlic lover or do not like the pungent smell, reduce the amount of cloves in the recipe or use garlic powder instead.
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