I just recently spent some time in Israel on a Culinary Blogging Trip called Taste of Israel and find myself still dreaming about Israel’s Hummus! The hummus we ate in Jerusalem was so smooth and flavorful that I am afraid I will forever be disappointed with mediocre Hummus.
I picked up a few tips from our Israeli friends for making Hummus and was eager to try my hand at it. I played around with a basic Hummus recipe and made changes to it based on what I had learned. I am super happy with it. But…of course will probably still continue to tweak the recipe a bit until I have perfected it.
But really! It is good! And you can’t have hummus without a delicious flat bread, so I made some pita bread to go with it! I will share that recipe later.Print
- 1 lb bag dry chickpeas
- 1 Tbsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking soda (yes…this is not a mistake)
- 1 cup raw tahini (ground sesame seed)
- 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- dash salt to taste
- Soak chickpeas overnight in a bowl of water and 1 Tbsp of baking soda.
- The next day, drain and rinse the chickpeas and put them in a large saucepan.
- Add water until it reaches 1 inch above the chickpeas.
- Add the remaining 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and bring the chickpeas a boil.
- Cook covered over low heat for 2-3 hours until the peas become VERY soft.
- Be patient with this step as undercooked chickpeas will yield a lumpy texture.
- Cool slightly, drain and save some of the cooking liquid.
- Put the chickpeas in a food processor, add 2/3 of the cup of raw tahini and process until almost smooth.
- Add some of the cooking liquid if it is too thick.
- Season with lemon juice, garlic and salt..
- If you want it to be a bit more creamy, add the remaining tahini.
- Now you can add any other spices. I garnished the top of the hummus with a dash of turmeric, paprika and thyme.
Now, I know it seems like a bit of work to soak the chickpeas overnight and then boil them for 2-3 hours with the baking soda, but it is a BIG key in making a great hummus! The next tip is to get a really good raw tahini! Tahini is ground sesame seed. I found mine at Whole Foods but it could be found at most ethnic stores. Now go and make some and let me know what you think!
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