Zaatar Sprinkle over Hummus

This really is the best hummus recipe! Easy to make, creamy and with a sprinkle of Zaatar magic it is a real treat to your tastebuds. Made with tahini, this healthy homemade hummus is perfect for dipping and can be used in sandwiches, salads and burgers.


INGREDIENTS


There are only 4 main ingredients in this homemade hummus recipe. Because of the small amount of stuff that goes into this recipe, it’s important that each of those ingredients is high quality! That’s what separates it from store bought hummus.


Chickpeas: There are three basic options for chickpeas. First, you can start with dry chickpeas and pressure cook them. Second, you can use canned chickpeas and boil them for 10 minutes to allow them to soften. Or third, you can use canned chickpeas, soak them in warm water and baking soda and peel off the skin.


If you’re soaking with baking soda, you’ll need 1.5 teaspoons for every 15 oz can of chickpeas. It takes about 5 minutes, and creates the best texture! This is the chickpeas before and after peeling off the skin.


Tahini: Not all tahini is created equal. Look for high quality brands that only have one ingredient – mechanically hulled sesame seeds. And make sure the tahini is not separated. If it does get separated in the jar, give it a good stir before adding it to the food processor.


Lemon: Freshly squeezed. Always.


Garlic: Use fresh garlic for the best taste. Don’t use pre-peeled garlic as it won’t have the same robust flavour as the ones in the bulb.


Zaatar: The Vintage one from About Thyme goes beautifully with Hummus, it adds the perfect zing to the dip.



PREPARATION


STEP 1: Prepare the ingredients: Preparing the chickpeas is the only time consuming part since you’ll either need to pressure cook, boil or soak and peel them.


STEP 2: Puree the chickpeas on their own in the food processor until they become powder-like.


STEP 3: Add the remaining three ingredients and process together, running the machine for 4-5 minutes until the mixture is smooth and creamy. You may need to stop the food processor from time to time to scrape down the sides. If the hummus is looking grainy, I would recommend adding an ice cube or two in there, which helps to smoothen out the mixture.


STEP 4: Taste and adjust. My parents can never tell me the exact measurements for the garlic, lemon and salt. And most Lebanese cooks won’t tell you either. They always say you gotta taste and adjust. And as much as I want to have the perfect measurements for you guys, it’s a matter of preference. So please, taste and adjust!


STEP 5: Drizzle a spoon of Zaatar. It is the perfect magical ingredient that ads the sparkle to your tastebuds!


Sahtein! Enjoy!

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