How to Make your own Hummus

Hummus is a delicious spread made of garbanzo beans that's very popular in the mid-East, but still gaining fans in the U.S. You can buy a little tub of it in the deli section of many supermarkets, but it's expensive; if you make your own, it will taste much fresher and you'll save a bundle. Hummus is a tasty way to get more legumes (beans) in your diet, and most kids won't even notice they're eating something nutritious.

Instructions

Step 1

Rinse the garbanzo beans well in a colander under running water; the drain.

Step 2

Add beans to the food processor, along with diced red bell pepper, the juice of fresh lemon or lime, 1/3 cup olive oil, peeled and chopped garlic cloves, and peeled and chopped onion. If desired, add 1/3 cup tahini (sesame seed paste), which is available in health food stores.

Step 3

Begin processing the hummus; stop occasionally and use arubber spatula to scrap down sides of processor bowl. Add a small amount (1/4 cup) of water if mixture looks too dry.

Step 4

When hummus is a smooth, paste consistency, taste and adjust seasonings, adding a pinch each of cumin, salt, freshly ground black pepper and cayenne pepper, if desired. Blend well after adding seasonings.

Step 5

Scrape the hummus from the food processor into a storage container with lid; seal and refrigerate.

Tips and Warnings

Serve hummus with the traditional quarters of toasted pita bread or as an outstanding dip for cut up fresh vegetables (carrots, broccoli, pepper strips) or pretzels. Combine with equal parts sour cream to make a dip soft enough for potato chips. Spread hummus on whole wheat toast for a quick and tasty breakfast; the beans and whole wheat combine to make a very digestible protein, and this can be a good substitute for people who don't like peanut butter. Fresh hummus freezes well in small, sealed containers; thaw and serve later, or add as a thickener to soups. Always be sure your food processor is assembled securely, with a secure lid, before turning it on; unplug to be sure you don't accidentally activate it during the intermediate bowl scraping steps. Use food ingredients from trusted sources. Keep hummus refrigerated.

Things You'll Need

Food processer, 2 cans garbanzo beans, 1 red bell pepper, 1 fresh lemon or lime, extra-virgin olive oil, 2 cloves garlic, 1 red onion, Optional: tahini paste, cumin, salt, freshly ground black pepper, cayenne pepper

About this Author

Kimberley Jace won state press association awards in Illinois, Indiana, and Florida during her 15 years experience in print journalism. She has been a freelance writer and editor for five years and has published more than 250 instructional articles online. Her motivational e-books are published by Ultimate Destiny University.

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