You've seen them. At the grocery store , all those stacks and stacks of plastic tubs with different colours , and flavours gleaming at you from near the deli isle :) I used to stop there every week, and drop $5 on a small tub of Hummus... usually it was a roasted garlic , or red pepper. That was before I started making my own. My first attempt was almost identical to this posts version, Which I must say I enjoyed immensely. So I thought Id try to recreate how it all happened for me and share.The best part is that after my second batch turned out as well as the first I swore myself off the store bought, and now enjoy a healthier, tastier and cheaper hummus made by me, with my tastes in mind. Plus I get to control all the ingredients, which can be as few as three. I do try not to add more than eight or ten , as you tend to start losing some flavours.
Okay, enough babbling. Time to show you how easy this is.
The most cost effective way to make this is to buy a bag of dried chick peas ( also called garbonzo beans ) , If you can find organic ones, grab them. Besides the lack of chemicals, I find them to have a better texture. .
| Pour them into a bowl, and pick out any green or black ones. They always mention to look for stones too, but I have yet to find one. |
The dried peas do require an overnight soak. If you don't have the time or the patience for this step , buy some good quality canned ones and skip the next two steps :) If your in Canada the PC Organic Chick Peas are really good for canned ones
|Dried chick peas NEED to soak overnight . Make sure the are well covered in water and simply soak for 24 hours. I think the alternative is to boil them for 4 hours, but I have not tried this.|
|Once they have soaked, or if you are using canned ones instead. You will need to give them a good rinse, and have a double check for any funny coloured ones. Notice one on the right that slipped thru the initial inspection.|
|I usually start it up on slow speed with a few good glugs of olive oil.. once it gets going I increase the speed and add oil until you like the consistency.|
|Don't forget to stop and have a good look and taste, It may seem like your adding a lot of salt, but your making 4 cups of hummus .. that is quite a lot. ( 4 grocery store tubs worth! )|
That's it, you now have 4 cups of an amazing roasted red pepper and garlic hummus :) About 4 times what you'd get in a prepackaged one at the store , all for about the same price as one 1 tub. PLUS you should have at least a few packages in the freezer. Now all that's left to do is grab yourself some homemade bread and veggie sticks and you've got a great lunch , or even a light dinner. Or like tonight, a great late night snack.