How To Make Hummus

How To Make Hummus {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan #tutorial

Last week when we made homemade tahini I promised that I would share with you how to make hummus at home from scratch. My reasoning for this was simple; first, I really wanted to show you how to make hummus and second, I REALLY wanted a reason to make a fresh batch of hummus for us to enjoy. I often find myself grabbing humus at the store for quick, easy snacks, or picking it up from our local Mediterranean restaurant. But friends, it just isn’t the same as making it at home. Homemade hummus tastes better, it is fresher, has no preservatives, and it is 50% cheaper! In today’s tutorial we will be utilizing that delicious tahini that we made last week, but you can absolutely use store-bought tahini in this recipe too. I implore you though to at least give making both tahini and hummus from scratch a try once; you will be hopelessly hooked and shocked at how easy it is and how much money you can cut out of your grocery bill. 

I used to make hummus at home using canned beans and store bought tahini myself. I thought it was great compared to the pre-made hummus at the grocery, but then I picked up a copy of Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi’s Jerusalem: A Cookbook. Just one look at the images in that book, especially the ones of hummus, convinced me that I had been going about the hummus making process all wrong. When I made authentic hummus for the first time at home it was a game-changer. The little bit of extra effort is SO worth it. You will feel as if you are dining on hummus at the fanciest restaurant you have ever visited and instead of paying top dollar for a super star chef to make it you will have the satisfaction of knowing that it came from your own kitchen.

Step 1: Soak your garbanzo beans (AKA: chickpeas) overnight.

How To Make Hummus {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan #tutorial

The evening before you want to make the hummus place the dried garbanzo beans in a large bowl and cover with water two to three times their volume. Garbanzo beans will absorb so much water that they will swell up to three times their original size during the soaking process.

How To Make Hummus {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan #tutorial

 Step 2: Cook the garbanzo beans.

How To Make Hummus {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan #tutorial

The next day drain the garbanzo beans and rinse well. In a medium saucepan over high heat combine the garbanzo beans and the baking soda, stirring constantly for 3 minutes.  My understanding from LOTS of Googling is that cooking the beans with the baking soda this way will alleviate some of the potential gassiness that fresh beans can cause.

Add 6 1/2 cups water to the pot and bring the beans to a boil. Continue to cook the beans over medium-high to high heat for anywhere from 20 – 40 minutes depending on freshness. Basically, the older your beans are the longer they have to cook. Skim off any foam or skins that float to the surface during the cooking process with a slotted spoon and discard them. When the beans are tender enough to break up easily, but not turn to mush when pinched between your thumb and finger they are done. Drain the cooking liquid.

 Step 3: Blend, blend, blend.

Transfer the cooked garbanzo beans to a food processor fitted with the “S” blade and process until a thick yellowish paste forms like in the picture below.

 How To Make Hummus {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan #tutorial

With the machine running, add the homemade tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and salt. Once they have been incorporated drizzle in the ice-cold water and continue to process for 5 minutes until the hummus is smooth and velvety.

How To Make Hummus {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan #tutorial

 Step 4: Allow the hummus to rest for 30 minutes.

Those beautiful little garbanzo beans have been through a lot at this point!! Transfer the hummus to a bowl and cover the surface with plastic wrap so that there is no way that air can get in between the hummus and the plastic wrap. Let the hummus sit for 30 minutes at room temperature, during this time the hummus will thicken slightly.

How To Make Hummus {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan #tutorial

When you are ready to serve up your hummus you can add any kinds of toppings you like. I like to scoop about 1 1/2 cups of hummus into a shallow bowl and top with toasted pine nuts, 1/4 cup chopped roasted red bell pepper, 1 tablespoon chopped flat leaf parsley, fresh cracked pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil. The sky is the limit here, there are no wrong mixin’s it is all about your personal taste. This hummus is a great on its own with fresh veggies and gluten free crackers for dipping, but for a real treat serve this hummus up with homemade gluten free naan and authentic golden falafel. Seriously, go ahead…spoil yourself!

How To Make Hummus {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan #tutorial

This recipe makes A LOT of hummus…about 6 large servings to be exact so store any hummus that you will not be eating immediately in the refrigerator with plastic wrap on the surface to prevent air from getting in and creating a hardened skin on the surface. I have found that the hummus continues to thicken slightly in the fridge, so if you want that creamy texture back to your hummus that it had right after you made it simply allow the hummus to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.

[mc4wp_form id=”7635″]

Print

How To Make Hummus (Gluten Free & Vegan)

  • Author: Beard And Bonnet
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 1/4 cups dried garbanzo beans
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup ten Free & Vegan)”>homemade tahini
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 6 1/2 tablespoons ice water
  • 12 teaspoons salt, depending on taste

Instructions

  1. The evening before you want to make your hummus place the dried garbanzo beans in a large bowl and cover with water two to three times their volume.The next day drain the garbanzo beans and rinse well.
  2. In a medium saucepan over high heat combine the garbanzo beans and the baking soda, stirring constantly for 3 minutes.
  3. Add 6 1/2 cups water to the pot and bring the beans to a boil. Continue to cook the beans over medium-high to high heat for anywhere from 20 -40 minutes depending on freshness. Skim off any foam or skins that float to the surface during the cooking process with a slotted spoon and discard them. When the beans are tender enough to break up easily, but not turn to mush when pinched between your thumb and finger they are done. Drain the cooking liquid.
  4. Transfer the cooked garbanzo beans to a food processor fitted with the “S” blade and process until a thick yellowish paste forms.
  5. With the machine running, add the homemade tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and salt. Once they have been incorporated drizzle in the ice-cold water and continue to process for 5 minutes until the hummus is smooth and velvety.
  6. Transfer the hummus to a bowl and cover the surface with plastic wrap so that there is no way that air can get in between the hummus and the plastic wrap. Let the hummus sit for 30 minutes at room temperature, during this time the hummus will thicken slightly.

Notes

Adapted from [url href=”Jerusalem: A Cookbook“][/url]

Recipe Card powered byTasty Recipes

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, I may get a small commission if you decide to purchase a product through one of those links. This revenue makes it possible for me to continue to provide you with great recipes and maintain this site. Thank you for supporting us here at Beard and Bonnet!