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Hummus is a wonderfully flavorful dish that can be a great option for dipping vegetables due to its flavor as well as for the nutritional benefits that it has to offer. This is why it is helpful to understand the recipe for how to make this at home rather than buying the ones at the grocery store, which are loaded with additives.
16 oz can of chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans)
A small amount of water
1 teaspoon chopped garlic or two minced cloves
3 heaping teaspoons of tahini
the juice of one lemon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (not table salt)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
Start out by rinsing your chickpeas and then adding them to the blender. You will also put in your garlic at this time. You may add just a small amount of water. This will help in making the chickpeas blend smoother. Blend them until they are fully ground and not too lumpy.
Next, put this mixture into a mixing bowl. Before you add in the tahini, make sure you mix it really well as the oil and ground sesame paste separate.
With this, you may also want to add in the lemon juice. Give this a good whisk to fully incorporate these ingredients.
Finish by adding in your seasonings and mix again. Make sure you refrigerate the hummus after making it.
A Few Thing to Know about Hummus
You can play with the flavors of the hummus. Take the time to find out how much seasoning you like in the hummus. With time, you could even find out that you can change the flavor by blending in other vegetables, such as spinach, artichoke, roasted red peppers, and other ingredients. However, you should still use sea salt. This has 90 nutrients in it compared to the table salt which only has 2.
If you are having trouble finding tahini, look at the ethnic section of the store with the Middle Eastern cuisine. This is simply ground sesame in sesame oil. The texture and smell is similar to peanut butter though it separates easily.