TAKING HUMMUS BACK TO IT’S ROOTS - My tips for making the best hummus

TAKING HUMMUS BACK TO IT’S ROOTS - My tips for making the best hummus

This is my go-to way of making authentic Levantine hummus bi tahini and was inspired by tiny shops in Beirut who make hummus the way generations before them did- before blenders and food processors were a thing, where technique and quality of the garbanzo beans reigns supreme.
The key things to do that I believe makes all the difference in this hummus recipe:

1️⃣ I heat up the garlic cloves in olive oil slightly to take the sharp bite away— then grind them to a paste with some salt in a mortar/pestle -the way your grandmama used to do.

2️⃣ Boil the daylights out of the garbanzo beans (i.e. hummus). Even if using canned, boil them in water and a teaspoon of baking soda to help dissolve the skins until they practically turn to mush.

These two things bring a depth of flavor to the hummus that you just don’t get when using the beans straight from a can.

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Hummus bi tahini (Garbanzo beans with tahini)
  • 2 cans garbanzo beans , boiled to oblivion with a teaspoon of baking soda to dissolve skins (starting from dry beans is always best but canned works fine too)
  • 2 cloves garlic softened slightly in olive oil on the stove top. Save the oil to drizzle on top
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup tahini
  • salt to taste
Watch this video for the technique, using the mortar/pestle to smash and purée the beans and mix everything together. No equipment needed!

Top with some whole garbanzo beans for texture, sprinkle of ground cumin & paprika, lots of olive oil and some parsley (if you like).

And of course, always serve in a bowl from the Sahtein collection.


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