Hummus is a great choice for when you want a quick and versatile dish for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Be it a dip, an appetizer, or a part of a mezze meal, hummus brings a distinctive Middle Eastern vibe to the table. Though somewhat unconventional, you can still easily learn how to make hummus without a food processor. Let us show you how!
How To Make Hummus Without A Food Processor
Hummus is all about simplicity. You don’t need a ton of ingredients nor fancy steps. To make roughly 6 to 7 servings of the basic hummus, which is around 400ml or 1 and ½ cups, you would need:
- 500 grams of canned chickpea, or 250 grams of cooked chickpea
- 3 tablespoons (~60 ml) of Tahini (ground roasted sesame paste)
- 3 tablespoons (~60 ml) of fresh lemon juice.
- 1 – 2 cloves of garlic (depending on your taste). I recommend mincing it beforehand or simply crush it slightly under your knife for maximum flavor.
- 2 – 3 teaspoons of olive oil (10-15 ml)
- 1 – 2 teaspoons of cumin powder
- Salt and smoked paprika
For canned chickpeas, always drain and rinse the peas thoroughly to remove that canned, machine-processed flavor from them. Don’t use your hands too much, as you can accidentally crush them.
Additionally, if you want extra smooth hummus, spend a little bit of time removing the skin off of the chickpeas. Another tip I’ve picked up from a friend of mine for peeling chickpeas is to add in some baking soda into the soaking and cooking water. Not only does this soften up the chickpeas, but it also tenderizes the skin, allowing you to remove it easier.
In case you’re looking for a chickpea substitution, I’ve found out that cannellini beans give a very similar flavor. The recipe and ingredient amount is still pretty much the same, so you don’t have to sweat much about changing anything. Fava beans are also utilized in hummus recipes in North Africa as well, so you could definitely use them as an alternative.
On the other hand, if you don’t like tahini in your hummus, peanut butter works as well. You can use smooth peanut butter in place of it in the recipe, as it will taste great nonetheless.
Before you actually start cooking, I’d recommend you have all the ingredients prepared and laid out all around your vicinity. This will save you a lot of time running around looking for some salt or grabbing some nutmeg.
In general, you can make hummus with a blender, or if in a pinch, you can make them with a potato masher.
How to make hummus with a blender
Step 1: Pour in Tahini and lemon juice into the blender. Turn the blender on low-power initially for a few seconds and then crank it up gradually to make sure the ingredients blend well together. After a minute, turn off the blender and scrape around the sides and bottom of the blender. Then turn it on again for around 30 seconds.
Step 2: Now add cumin, garlic, 2 teaspoons of olive oil and a dash of smoked paprika into the mix, and turn on the blender again. Always remember to start on low power for a few seconds before putting it into high power. You can also add a dash of salt to enhance the flavor as well.
Step 3: This is the part where the chickpeas come in. At first, only put half the amount of chickpea into the blender and blend it for around a minute. Afterward, pour in the remaining amount of chickpea. Blend everything together and gradually add a quarter cup of water into the mix to give it a smooth and creamy texture as you see fit.
Step 4: Add salt to your tasting. It’s now ready to be served. You can go the traditional route and drizzle some olive oil and some smoked paprika powder onto the hummus, as well as throwing a few nutmegs in for garnish and adding a bit of crunch. We enjoy eating hummus with some flatbread or pita bread but dipping carrots in hummus just as delicious.
How to make hummus with a potato masher
Step 1: Put Tahini and lemon juice into a big bowl. Use a potato masher to mix and mash them together. You don’t have to apply a lot of force yet, just enough to blend the Tahini and lemon juice into a base mixture for everything else.
Step 2: Add in cumin, garlic, 2 teaspoons of olive oil and some smoked paprika just like how you would do with a blender. Mix it for a bit before adding in half of the chickpeas. Mash them together until you get a semi-smooth paste. Throw in a pinch of salt to taste.
Step 3: Add the rest of the chickpeas and a quarter-cup of water in and mash them all together. As your arm acts in place of a blender or food processor, it will give tire out quickly, but don’t give in just yet. Keep mashing and mixing until all the chickpeas have been broken down and the mixture gets a paste-like consistency.
Step 4: Add salt until you see fit. It’s now finally ready to be served. Garnish your hummus with olive oil, nutmeg, and smoked paprika! Pine nuts also make for great garnish as well, so keep an eye out for them
All things considered, while it certainly helps to have a food processor if you want to make hummus, you can still make a wonderful dish of this Middle Eastern delight without one.
Yes, people have managed to do it for thousands of years. You can entirely follow. Ensure that the effectiveness is amazing!
Now that you’ve known how to make hummus without a food processor, it’s time to make a plate of hummus that will wow your buddies. Good luck!
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