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Basic Hummus Recipe (+ How to make a Tahini)

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It’s been a while since I’ve eaten hummus and to be quite honest, it’s not an easy find in the restaurants. Well, at least near my place, there’s no single restaurant that I know which serves this Levantine dip. I have been wanting to make my own version but I always end up looking and wondering “Where’s my tahini?” I also googled up “hummus recipe without tahini” and even inboxed The Fat Kid Inside (yes, Erwan fucking Heussaff replied on facebook) where to get one. I even bought two cans of chickpeas before originally intended to be a hummus but ended up a bowl of roasted chickpeas (which was also good by the way) because… “Where’s my tahini?”. 

Folks, don’t look for a jar of tahini in the supermarket because the odds of finding one is very very low. Although thefatkidinside told me that it’s available in Santi’s, I would not fly all the way from Batangas to Makati just to get myself a small jar of sesame paste especially when I can make heaps of it at home. 😉

How to make the Tahini

You will need…

  • 1 cup of sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

Toast the sesame seeds for about 5-7 minutes on stove top or pop them up on your oven until golden brown but not burnt. Cool them down on a tray for 1o minutes before tipping them in the food processor. Slowly pour in the olive oil until you get a smooth texture and pourable texture.

This would make 6-8 tablespoons of servings which is more than enough for our hummus. The tahini itslef would make a good dressing for your salad or a  sauce that would generously coat your roasted vegetables.

How to make the Hummus

You will need…

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  • 1 can of 520g garbanzo beans or chickpeas
  • 3 tbsp. reserved liquid from the chickpeas
  • 2 tsp. tahini
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • half a teaspoon of sea salt
  • 3 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. of freshly squeezed calamansi/lemon juice
  • spanish paprika (optional)
  • coriander/parsley/basil (optional)

Rinse the chickpeas in cold water then drop them in the food processor. Add the reserved liquid, tahini, garlic, salt, and  calamansi juice. Pulse these ingredients while slowly pouring the olive oil. When the mixture reaches a smooth consistency, tip it in a serving bowl, top with paprika and basil leaves for color (or whole chickpeas also).

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I think the simplicity and vibrancy of flavors are the dimensions of hummus that made it popular across the tables in the world. It can serve as a base for experimentation by adding bolder flavors such as caramelized onions, roasted bell peppers, or even sun-dried tomatoes.

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I made this yesterday for merienda and served it with toasted tortilla wedges instead of the usual pita bread. I swear I ate a total of 3 whole tortilla wraps, I guess. Lol. And just this morning, instead of using mayonnaise, I used my hummus to make a hearty hummus and egg sandwich.

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Reheating can be done in your microwave ovens under medium settings to get that perfect warm bowl of hummus. Likewise, this bowl can be stored for a week in the fridge. But I guess it would not last that long as I am eating mine every now and then. I am actually halfway through my bowl. Haha! 😉

So what do you think? Hummus with everything!

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15 Comments

  • Reply Jae January 24, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Aaahhh! Love this! Thanks for sharing the recipe, Chester!

  • Reply Abbey January 24, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I used to do hummus but I couldn’t finish it asap so nasisira haha :)) AND I didn’t know Tahini was necessary! No wonder the stuff I used to make was bland. :( Thanks for this, Chester!

    • Reply chester January 24, 2015 at 11:58 am

      Tahini is essential for the nutty flavor of the hummus. I am done with mine and I’m looking forward to make another batch some time this week. You’re welcome Abbey! 😉

  • Reply Mary January 24, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    CAN WE HOHOL AND CAN YOU COOK FOR US

    • Reply chester January 25, 2015 at 1:53 am

      Definitely! At Sherica’s condo, yes?

      • Reply Sherica February 10, 2015 at 3:23 pm

        G na

        • Reply chester February 10, 2015 at 3:25 pm

          haha weekend after Valentine’s please.

  • Reply Raisa January 24, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Ahaha I just buy hummus at the grocery. :’D I eat it every morning on my toast. I will try this recipe next time!

  • Reply Mikyu January 25, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Looks yummy! How I wish I’d take interest in cooking, baking, and anything related to making edible food. :)))

  • Reply Jhanz January 26, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Hallelujah! Been looking for a possible recipe for the hummus my mom recently bought. I will definitely try this stuff.

    Thanks Chester!!!

  • Reply Carissa January 29, 2015 at 8:35 am

    glad to stumble upon this recipe!

  • Reply Jeline February 20, 2015 at 11:53 am

    OHMYGOD HUMMUS. YES. ILY FOR POSTING THIS LOL. Where to get chickpeas though because they seem non-existent here *cries*

    • Reply chester February 20, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      Chickpeas are available in the supermarket! Yaaaay

  • Reply Alissa February 21, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Thanks for this. I’ve never tasted hummus before but heard a lot about this.

  • Reply Jam March 5, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Oh wow! GREAT! Now I’m craving for this!

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