how to make your own hummus

July 3, 2010

I’m in a blending frenzy. Can I call it that? I think so. Ever since I got a blender a few weeks ago, I’ve been unstoppable. I’ve got all sorts of smoothie combos on the go. The green smoothie is a standard. Smashed peas with mint bruschetta? No problem. I’m getting all hot and bothered about the idea of making pesto.

I actually whooped when I realized that I can now make my own hummus. The best thing about it? About everything I like to cook? E-A-S-Y.

I bet you five bucks you have 90% of the ingredients in your pantry. Admittedly, if you don’t make hummus often, you may not be stocked up on tahini, but apart from that, it’s all pretty standard.

As with lots of my do-it-yourself posts, I got excited about the money saving potential of this. If you like hummus then you probably spend a good chunk of cash on it each month. I know I do. It costs about $4-5 a pop where I live and we definitely buy a tub every time we go shopping. You’re saving a fair amount of moolah by making a batch of hummus yourself and you also get bragging rights when you serve it up to your friends.

Homemade Hummus
adapted from The Kitchn


  • 1 15-oz can of chickpeas, drained
  • 1/2 of a fresh lemon, juiced
  • 1 small clove of garlic, minced finely
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika


1. Combine all ingredients except the smoked paprika.

2. Blend until smooth. If it is a little dry, just add a little more lemon juice or olive oil, a teaspoon at a time, until you have the desired consistency. Add more salt and pepper if you like.

3. Scrape out the hummus in a serving bowl and sprinkle the smoked paprika on top.

4. Serve with raw veggies, or spread on some pita bread.

I am discovering a million ways to tart up hummus. Or houmous as we say in England. Just think of all the variations you see in the shops and you realize you can do exactly the same thing at home.

Some variations I’m excited to try:

> adding one cup roasted vegetables (e.g. zucchini, bell peppers, mushrooms)

> adding toasted pine nuts

> adding olives

> beet hummus!

> adding chili powder and lime for spicy hummus

Do you make your own hummus? What are your ingredients of choice?

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