That Day I Got Good at Making Hummus

Refika Birgül’s video guide to making right proper hummus has dramatically upped my hummus game.

Ever since I started using chickpea water in place of eggs I’ve had chickpeas coming out of my ears; hummus has been one outlet for them. Alas my hummus was the consistency of stale Play-Doh and tasted not much better. Until I followed Refika’s guidance.

The key points that took my hummus to another level:

  1. I removed the skins from the chickpeas. Previously this had seemed absurdly time-consuming, and I’d never done it. Refika’s video shows a really easy way to do this.

  2. I used garlic. Even though garlic is one of the foundational ingredients of hummus, I’d always left it out as a “nice to have.” Turns out it’s a “need to have.”

  3. A full eight minutes in the food processor, with an ice cube added every few minutes to keep things cool. That’s about 4 times longer than my usual, and the extra time transports the hummus from Play-Doh to silky smooth, rich, and heavenly.

The hummus I made today was so good that it’s what we had for supper: hummus with warmed bread, hummus with carrots, hummus with apples, hummus with crackers.

Pro tip: you can get twice as much tahini, that’s twice as good, from Brighton Clover Farm.

Thanks to Thelma for starting me down this road.


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Thelma on October 24, 2020 - 07:37 Permalink

Excellent! I see some sumac in my future.

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vbj on October 25, 2020 - 12:25 Permalink

I watched and enjoyed the video. While I have made hummus for decades, I am eager to try her technique with the ice cubes. Also yours with whipping the liquid.

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Oliver (FS) on November 14, 2020 - 04:20 Permalink

I'm keen to try her tips, but not ready to accept her theory of what's making the hummus smooth. She's effectively adding a cup or more of water in the form of one ice cube every minute, which seems at least as likely as the longer processing time to explain the extra smoothness--or anyway, it seems bound to be part of the picture

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Oliver (FS) on November 14, 2020 - 04:28 Permalink

I guess with the extra water it may become less of a paste and more of a mayonnaise-like suspension--conjecturing that the egg-likeness of the bean-water might extend to that aspect of eggs that enables the mixing of oil and lemon juice to make mayonnaise.