Thursday, October 22, 2009

Homemade Hummus



My kids love to dip fresh veggies in this hummus. I was buying it from Trader Joe's for a long time but if you look at the ingredients it's hard to buy a store made hummus that doesn't have soybean oil in it.  Not to mention more salt than I want.

So, I remembered that my Sister-in-law sent me this recipe a few years back from her neighbor who was of middle-eastern descent.  So, I easily replaced my store-bought hummus with this.  It actually saves me money, too!  Bonus. 

It's easy and good. Plenty of garlic to chase those colds away.  I use organic canned chick peas - rinsed.  I suppose you could make your own if you have the time. Tahini is hard to find - I finally found it at Whole Foods. Or any middle eastern grocery store. Sometimes, they carry it in the Asian or middle-eastern section of your regular grocery store.  Or you could make your own - it's just toasted sesame seeds and olive oil crushed together much like peanut butter.  

Homemade Hummus

  • 1 can chick peas - rinsed
  • 1 lemon
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic - minced
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 T Tahini
  • 1/2 tsp. olive oil (I think I add a little more of this actually, maybe more like 1 tsp.)
  • 1/3 cup of water

Place chick peas in food processor. Add juice from the lemon. Add garlic, tahini, olive oil and water. Process just until all mixed - it should be a thick texture.

It makes a good amount and my kids like it better!

For more un-processed food recipes check out Kitchen Stewardship today and her Fall Festival of Super Foods - Un-Processed Edition.  

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9 comments:

HeatherV said...

I get Tahini at Lowes. They used to carry it when I made hummus. It is just hard to find. I used to make my own. I also would roast a red pepper and add it. Hope you are well. I still have Keith's crutches. Sorry about that but I had to have foot surgery again yesterday so they are being used. Do you want us to send you a check for them?

Stefani said...

Thanks for the recipe Janel! I've been looking for a good hummus recipe. I can't wait to give it a try!

Kim said...

I love hummus and can't wait to try this recipe. I did make some last year with some curry in it - and it was good.
Thanks for sharing!

Anita said...

I might try this, my kids like some I buy with roasted red pepper in it, so I might need to experiment.

Kristin said...

Sounds yummy! The only hummus I've ever made is a white bean hummus that uses cannellini beans. I've never bought tahini - is it expensive?

Ali said...

Darn! I have everything for in my pantry except for the tahini:( I hope my grocery store carries it!

Deb said...

Football Saturday may be a good day to try this recipe.

If I can find Tahini. I don't think that we have a Whole Foods in my area.

Wish me luck!

Sweet dreams.

Janel@Dandelion Dayz said...

Oh, all the add-ins sound delish! Thanks for the ideas.

Tahini is not expensive and goes a long way. Many regular grocery stores carry it.

Be sure to check out the other recipes over at Katie's blog. Some good ones for sure.

Kitchen Stewardship said...

How embarrassing that it took over a week to visit your post! Hummus is one of those things I've never made from scratch before. It's good to have the encouragement that it's easy!

I really appreciate you linking up to the Un-Processed foods Carnival; it will be a valuable resource that I will direct my readers to often!
Thanks, Katie

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