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How to Make Hummus - A Simple Recipe

Updated on January 15, 2010

Make Hummus

Flickr Photo by Stu Spivack
Flickr Photo by Stu Spivack

Make Hummus/Homous/Hummous

Hummus (some of the other translations are Homous and Hummous) is one of the most delicious spreads I have ever tasted. Hummus is a healthy alternative to junk food and snacks. A savory spread of Hummus on a piece of pita, flat bread or toast or crackers layered with a piece of Swiss, Provolone or Gouda and topped with salty sliced green olives is beyond comparison.

Hummus Nutrition

Hummus (alt. spelling Homous or Hummous) is a middle eastern spread or dip made out of chickpeas also known as garbanzo beans. It is high in vitamins and minerals (quite high in Vitamin C, B6, Manganese and in Iron). Hummus is low in carbohydrates and high in proteins. There are than 435 hundred calories in a cup of hummus (keep in mind, that you eat a fraction of that per serving). This may seem like a lot, but there are almost 1900 calories in a cup of salted butter and all of it is fat. A tablespoon of butter has the same calories (and much more fat) as a quarter cup of hummus!

-- Thanks to for the vitamins and caloric intake --

How to Make Hummus

Hummus is a simple spread: It is primarily chickpeas and the other primary ingredients are tahini, garlic, salt, olive oil and lemon. After these ingredients there is any number of hummus recipes (from roasted pepper hummus to Israeli hummus).

Here is how to make hummus (this is a simple look, I recommend you compare various recipes):

Soak the chickpeas in water for several hours - overnight works well. If you don't have the time to wait, you can buy canned garbanzo beans.

You will then blend the soaked chickpeas with the tahini, garlic, lemon juice and salt. Feel free to experiment with texture and consistency as you continue to make hummus. It is recommended that you get close to blending it to a puree. Once you have placed it in the serving dish pour a small amount of olive oil on top.

This is often served with pita bread as an appetizer. Some common garnishes are cheese, green olives and pine nuts.

Another reason that hummus is a great choice to satisfy those midday cravings is that it preserves very well. Putting it in a Tupperware in the refrigerator will preserve it for weeks (probably longer, but you'll eat it before that time comes).

What to Serve Hummus With

Hummus is not only a great snack, but it is a great spread for different entrees. One of the most prominent of these is Falafel. Falafel can be eaten many different ways. It can be eaten alone, with a garnish of hummus or in a pita (this is my favorite - a pita sandwich with hummus, sprouts and other veggies is delicious and healthy!) Falafel is balls of fried chick peas - this may not sound appealing, but they are extraordinary!

Hummus often comes with a sauce called tzatziki - which is a cucumber sauce. I plan to write some hubs on making pita bread, tzatziki, homemade tahini (one of the ingredients of hummus) and falafel soon.


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    • applejuic3 profile image


      7 years ago from San Diego, CA

      i have to say this looks amazing. i will need to try this sooner than later!


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