Hummus for the Soul

by Donald Wilson on March 11, 2012

Hummus and whole wheat pita: a perfect after school snack


Hummus is one of Andrew’s favorite snacks.  In fact, I knew I had raised a foodie one day a few years after he came to live with me.  I was in a hurry one morning and had asked him to make his own sandwich.  When I came into the kitchen, I found him beaming over his creation.

“What kind of sandwich did you make?” I asked him while I was spinning around trying to get ready for work.

“It’s a hummus, pine nut, paprika, and gruyere sandwich with a little walnut oil!” he proudly stated.

After that he put hummus on everything.

Now, five years later, he still likes hummus spread on his sandwich and will reach for it first thing after he walks in the door from school.

Hummus is one of those things that is so easy to grab at the store that most people will never find out how good homemade hummus can be.  As with all legumes, it does take a little forethought, but not that much effort.  Andrew prefers the homemade hummus and so will you.

Equipment needed:  Food processor


For the beans:

1 pound dried chickpeas (garbanzos)

4 cups low or no-sodium vegetable stock

4 cups water

1 onion, cut into quarters or just halved

3 or 4 garlic cloves

3 bays leaves

3 or 4 sprigs parsley, tied in a bundle

Soak the chickpeas 8 hours or overnight, drain.  Place all the ingredients in a large stock pot, add enough water to cover the beans; bring to a boil, and then lower heat and simmer for 1-1/2 hours.  Remove the beans from the heat and drain into a colander over a bowl to capture all the stock.  Put the stock back into the stock pot and set aside.  Remove the parsley, bay leaves, and any large pieces of onion from the beans.

Fill the bowl with cold water and submerge the beans.

Now, with your hands, grab handfuls of beans and rub them between your palms to loosen the outer skins.  The skins will fall off and float  above the beans making it easy to scoop them out.  This is an important step if you want an extra smooth hummus.  However, it can be frustrating as no matter how many times you rub the beans, you always find more skins.  A good friend told me he did it for an hour one time to make sure he got every skin!  My suggestion is that you do it for about five minutes to get the bulk of them and then forget about it.

Place the beans back into the stock and simmer until very tender.  About a half hour more, but check occasionally.

Nothing beats homemade

Hummus spread

1 recipe cooked chickpeas or 3 ((15oz) cans, drained

1/2 cup tahini paste

2 or 3 garlic cloves

1 teaspoon cumin (start with 1/2 and add more to taste)

2 to 3 teaspoons smoky paprika

Juice of one lemon

1-1/2 teaspoons salt or to taste

1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

A handful of pinenuts

Reserved bean stock

Olive oil

Place the garlic and the beans in the food processor and grind until you get a fairly smooth mixture.   Add the rest of the ingredients, except the stock,and blend.  Slowly add stock until you get the consistency that you like, but remember that you will want it a little wetter as it will firm up considerably in the fridge.

When ready to serve, just drizzle it with a bit of olive oil and garnish with pine nuts.





Timothy Nishimoto March 12, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Seems like way too much work to make the “Hummus,” as opposed the “Hummus Spread.” In fact, a very very simple, quick, and super delicious Hummus can be made with blending garbanzos, garlic, olive oil, lemon, salt & pepper in the Cuisinart. Sometimes, time and patience are not on our side…

Grace bardugon March 17, 2012 at 2:35 pm

That looks good uncle don!!! A hummus sandwich does sound good. Have you every tried to put rosemary in hummus?

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