Mediterranean food,  Snacks, dips & sauces

Start creating your own favourite Hummus

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basic hummus
basic hummus

With this most basic and Authentic hummus recipe you have a great base to start creating your own favourite.

Origins of hummus

There is still insufficient evidence to really determine a precise locations to the origins of hummus. All in all we know it has been eaten over centuries in the Levant region (East Mediterranean – West Asia). Its base ingredients are chickpeas, sesame (tahini), lemon juice, and garlic. But nowadays it is enjoyed in most parts of the world, in many different variations.

Be playful with the ingredients

So, as mentioned before the base ingredients of the original hummus are; chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and garlic. Which is completely delicious on its own like that. I often still make and enjoy the basic authentic hummus as it once was. But for a bit of inspirations, see my suggestions for added ingredients;

You can add many more spices to this, such as;
  • cumin
  • coriander
  • paprika
  • cayenne pepper
  • sumac
  • smoked paprika
Sometimes I like to add herbs to my hummus (keep in mind that this shortens it shelf-life a little) ;
  • mint
  • coriander
  • parsley
  • basil
  • wild garlic leaves
Or you can completely change your hummus by using an added base ingredients. In this case the amount of chickpeas is reduced or replaced by;
  • Beetroot
  • white beans
  • sweet potato
  • avocado
  • red peppers (option roasted)
  • carrot (option roasted or spiced)

Sometimes I use lime juice instead of lemon juice, which works great with coriander and avocado.

While roasting vegetables brings a bit of sweetness, which can be beautifully balanced with a hot spice like cayenne. Then, the acidity comes from the lemon or lime juice. And sometimes I add olive oil, for smoothness and richness. Feel free to add salt.

So, as you can see the possibilities are endless. And every time I see new ideas from my fellow food bloggers, I think… ohhh… Gotta try that one 🙂 ! My next trial will be a peanut hummus, already looking forward to the experiment.

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All of course 100% plant based.

Let me know about your favourite hummus variations by adding @haricoco1 to your instagram post, or comment down below. I love to see new ideas, and creations.

Hummus has to be part of this; ‘Travels of taste‘ series. In which we use our taste buds to travel the world and discover the use of our senses and imaginations to meet other cultures through food. Get ready to imagine yourself travelling around the Mediterranean and enjoy its enormous variety of fresh food. Check out my full Mediterranean ‘travels of taste’ post; >>> The Med; Olive oil, herbs & fresh produce.

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