Thursday, July 11, 2013

Hummus recipe

I told you my husband loves hummus.  Well, his first guest blog post is a hummus recipe.  It's so good that I even love it.  See below:

From 2004 to 2006, I was stationed at Incirlik Air Base in Adana, Turkey.  The Alley (a shop- and restaurant-lined street leading to the main gate) had some of the best food.  I loved the hummus and cheese bread, the chicken tava, doners, and kebabs.  I also got rugs and hand-made furniture for amazing deals.

Since I got to L.A. I’ve loved the Mediterranean hummus from Trader Joe’s.  I pretty much always have a container of it in my refrigerator.  As soon as I’m about to run out, it goes on the grocery list – thanks to my wife, I actually use a grocery list now.

I got a hummus recipe from  I made it according to the recipe, and I liked it, but I altered it a little to suit my taste.  Below is my altered recipe.

A food processor is a miracle invention, and I wouldn’t even try this without one.  Use the metal blade that spins on the bottom of the container (not the shredder or slicer blade). 



One 15-ounce can (425 grams) chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, mostly drained (save the liquid to thin the hummus at the end.)
2 tablespoons chickpea liquid
1/4 cup (59 ml) tahini (you might find it in the grocery store by the peanut butter)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Garlic powder equal to1 large garlic clove
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon chipotle flakes
sprinkle paprika before serving


Put the drained chickpeas, 2 tbsp chickpea juice, tahini, and salt in the food processor.  Process until blended smooth – probably 20 seconds or so – maybe more/less.  It doesn’t have to be perfect – you’ll process it more later.  You can mix in some of the lemon juice, but putting it in a lot at a time will make it splash all over the inside of the processor.

Mix in the garlic powder, cumin, and chipotle flakes.

Add in the rest of the lemon juice slowly while processor is on.  If the hummus is too thick, add more chickpea juice one tbsp at a time until it's the desired consistency.

One thing that’s great about the 16oz hummus container from Trader Joe’s is that this recipe makes the perfect amount to refill the container – and it’s just as good.  

Happy eating!

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