Learn to make Creamy Hummus at home using this easy recipe. It is one of the BEST and EASIEST recipe to brighten up any appetizer – snack -dinner scene.
It is so easy to make Hummus on your own! A clean, healthy party appetizer or afternoon snack, you will love making it at home often in just 10 minutes.
The authentic original hummus starts with cooked chickpeas or garbanzo beans. We typically like to add tahini sauce, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. Purée everything to smooth paste, do a swirl of olive oil on top and voilà.. hummus is ready to be devoured!
Best Homemade Spicy Hummus
Though there are very good store brand hummus options available, I prefer to make my own hummus. This Middle Eastern staple condiment is velvety smooth and full of plant based wholesome ingredients.
It’ lot cheaper to make it at home-almost at a fraction of cost. No doubt, it tastes better too. I know exactly what I put in it, and I can make as many exotic combinations as I want.
You can make a big batch and freeze it in individual portion size containers. It tastes delicious and comes in handy for quick bite. You can also flavor it with whatever you fancy.
Are Chickpeas Good For You ?
Chickpeas are high in fiber, high in plant protein and low in fat. It makes them perfect healthy energy boosting addition to your diet.
Then you add in tahini sauce which is creamy paste of sesame seeds. This hummus turns into smooth velvety texture and creamy….seriously drool worthy!
We love making Chickpea Coconut Curry as well as Indian Chana Masala and Chickpea Orzo Soup for filling dinner using chickpeas. Spicy Roasted Air Fryer Chickpeas are awesome for quick and healthy snack.
For potlucks, parties and light lunches, I love making Chickpea Salad with Lime Cumin Dressing.
Making Creamy Homemade Hummus at home is easy. It is such a versatile recipe. It starts off as blank canvas.
You can make them bold and zesty by spicing it up with cayenne peppers or chili flakes. Sometimes I blend in a piece of cucumber or celery to make it cool and crunchy.
Creamy Homemade Hummus has variety of uses. Makes a perfect party appetizer or casual snack. I often make delicious Buddha Bowls using it as base and adding variety of veggies on top.
You can use it as pasta sauce as well. The perfect creamy texture is all natural without added fillers. Hummus keeps the meals on lighter side compared to using heavy creams or cheese. It’s smooth texture is soo satisfying !
I enhanced this Creamy Homemade Hummus recipe, by using fresh cilantro leaves and jalapeño pepper to create a different flavor profile. You can always adjust the ingredients per your liking.
INGREDIENTS OF CREAMY HUMMUS
- Cooked Organic Garbanzo Beans
- 2 cloves peeled garlic
- ¼ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
- 1 lemon – juiced
- 2 tbsp. of Tahini Sauce
- 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup Cilantro leaves
- ¼ cup water for blending
- 1 jalapeno pepper, cut and remove the seeds
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE HUMMUS
In a blender, add garlic, drained garbanzo beans , lemon juice, tahini sauce, cilantro and de-seeded jalapeno pieces and salt . Blend to smooth by adding little water.
When you see mixture starts to form a paste, change the blender to pulse. Slowly pour olive oil through the spout while you are on pulse setting of the blender. It adds extra fluffy and creamy texture.
Change the setting to blend and continue till mixture is creamy and well mixed. Hummus is ready to serve. Adding olive oil while blending adds extra creaminess so you can almost skip the tahini sauce if its not easily available.
Your creamy, velvety, yummy hummus is ready!
You can serve it with pita chips, pita bread, bread, crackers, toast, sliced baguette, celery and fresh vegetables. Use it as salad topping as well. You can make cucumber hummus sushi by spreading the hummus on cucumber slices.
Making hummus at home has many advantages. One of them is you can mix and match it with anything you please. We often experiment with different toppings while making hummus.
Practically whatever is laying around in refrigerator in bits and pieces, goes in hummus making. Some of the yummy flavor combinations include:
- Cilantro-lime-jalapeno Hummus
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- Sautéed Kale Hummus
- Beetroot Hummus
- Cucumber Hummus
- Avocado-Cilantro Hummus
- Parsley-Lemon Hummus
Which one of the variety do you prefer? We would love to hear about it. Leave us a note in the comment !
HOW TO MAKE HUMMUS USING CHICKPEAS COOKED IN INSTANT POT
I always used to make hummus using the canned cooked chickpeas that are easily available in any store. Ever since Instant Pot came into the cooking scene, I have been using it to cook chickpeas from scratch at home.
You soak the dried chickpeas for few hours and then pressure cook them in InstantPot on BEAN setting. I often cook about 4-6 cups of dried chickpeas when my Instant Pot is idle sitting.
After they are cooked, I let them cool down completely. Then, I freeze them in individual portion sizes. It’s essentially like using canned chickpeas whenever you need them but MUCH BETTER.
No preservative -nothing. InstantPot cooks these dried beans to smooth and soft to utmost perfection !! I can’t tell you how easy and efficient it is to make a batch of chickpeas in Instant Pot.
For cooking chickpeas in Instant Pot, use enough water to cover the beans entirely. I use BEAN setting and let it cook automatically.
If you want to use MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK buttons, choose 12-15 minutes for soaked beans and 25-30 minutes for dry -washed beans.
Check out how we made a beautiful Hummus-Cucumber Cup tray for one of the dinner party. We used this cilantro jalapeño hummus and beet root hummus to create a colorful spread. Needless to say, it was super hit and we got several requests for recipe that particular day.
Easy Appetizer Ideas
- CHILI GARLIC EDAMAME
- AIR FRYER STUFFED MUSHROOMS
- PANEER TACOS
- CHEESY POTATO POPPERS
- SUPER DELICIOUS NACHOS
- ROASTED MASALA POTATOES
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Creamy Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus
- In a blender, add garlic, cooked garbanzo beans , lemon juice, tahini sauce, cilantro and de-seeded jalapeno pieces and salt . Blend smooth by adding a little water.
- When you see mixture starts to form a paste, change the blender to pulse. Slowly pour olive oil through the spout while you are on pulse setting of the blender. It adds extra fluffy and creamy texture.
- Change the setting to blend and continue till mixture is creamy and well mixed. Hummus is ready to serve.
- Adding olive oil while blending adds extra creaminess so you can almost skip the tahini sauce if its not easily available. Your creamy, velvety, yummy hummus is ready!
- You can serve it with pita chips, pita bread, bread, crackers, toast, sliced baguette, celery and fresh vegetables.
- It can also be used as a salad topping on Buddha Bowls. You can make cucumber hummus sushi by spreading the hummus on cucumber slices.