After trying at least a dozen hummus recipes, I have finally gotten near to perfecting restaurant quality hummus, thanks entirely to Maureen Abood’s book, Rose Water & Orange Blossoms, which is an awesome book on middle eastern cooking, and she writes on her blog:

First, (we use our Vitamix), you have to have high-powered blender. You have to stop it and stir numerous times throughout the blending process. Blend for a longer duration than is comfortable. It takes a good 10 minutes of blending, stopping and stirring, tasting, adding more of this or that, and blending some more, to achieve good hummus.  The addition of a little water assists in a creamy texture.  The real secret to good hummus is not starting with canned or dried chickpeas and it’s not tahini. The secret to good hummus is…yogurt. Laban, or labne, to be precise—thin or thickened (I like using thickened, or labne). A healthy scoop, and then maybe a little more, will give your hummus the right body so that when you swirl it onto a plate, you’ve got a velvety whip of a hummus. It will taste that much better if you’ve made the labne yourself.
Hummus bi Tahini [Adapted from Maureen Abood’s recipe]:

  • 2-4 T lemon juice
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 2 T high quality olive oil, plus 1-2 T for garnish
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup tahini (stir before using)
  • 1 lb. chickpeas (from a 16 oz. can, or from dried, then cooked, chickpeas)
  • 2 t salt
  • ½ t paprika

Place the lemon juice, yogurt, olive oil, garlic, tahini and chickpeas in a blender (the liquid is at the base of the blender). Blend on high, stopping to stir frequently, until the hummus is smooth, adding 1-2 tablespoons lukewarm water. Taste, and season with salt. More yogurt and olive oil can be added as desired, to smooth out the hummus.

Spread the hummus on a medium-sized plate, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with hot Hungarian paprika on one side and a dash of cumin on the other side.

Some of our family aren’t hummus fans and for them, I make this delicious pea and mint hummus dip.

pea and mint hummus