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Classic Hummus By Alon Shaya

by Scott Loitsch and Claire King

Ingredients

for 4 servings

  • 1 ½ cups
    dried chickpeas (300 g)
  • 3 teaspoons
    baking soda, divided
  • 3 qt
    cold water, divided (2.8 L)
  • 7 cloves garlic, lightly crushed
  • ¼ cup
    raw tahini (55 g)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons
    kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon
    cumin
  • 2 tablespoons
    lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons
    canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons
    hot water
  • 2 tablespoons
    extra virgin olive oil

For garnish

  • tahini sauce, optional
  • 3 tablespoons
    olive oil, optional
  • ¼ cup
    fresh parsley, lightly chopped (optional) (10 g)
  • ½ teaspoon
    aleppo-style pepper, optional

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Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, combine the dried chickpeas, ½ teaspoon baking soda, and 1½ quarts (1.4 L) of cold water water. Soak overnight.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400˚F (200˚C).
  3. Drain the chickpeas and transfer to a baking sheet. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of baking soda and spread evenly on the sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer baked chickpeas to colander and rinse under cold water. Massage to remove excess baking soda and begin to loosen the skins.
  5. In a large pot over high heat, add the rinsed chickpeas, remaining 1½ quarts (1.4 L) of water, and remaining ½ teaspoon of baking soda. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium.
  6. With a slotted spoon or small sieve, skim away any foam and loose skins that rise to the surface of the water and discard. This will ensure the hummus is extra creamy and smooth! Continue this process, regularly skimming off any loose skins, for about 20 minutes.
  7. Add the garlic to the pot and continue to cook for another 25-30 minutes, until the chickpeas are very soft and easily fall apart.
  8. Drain the chickpeas and let sit for a few minutes to let any extra moisture drain off.
  9. Transfer the chickpeas to a food processor with the tahini, salt, cumin, and lemon juice. Process for 2-3 minutes, until the mixture is super smooth.
  10. With the food processor still running, add the canola oil, hot water, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Continue to process for another 2-3 minutes. Don’t worry, you can’t over-process it! You want the hummus to be as smooth and creamy as possible.
  11. To serve, spread the hummus in a wide, shallow bowl. If desired, top with tahini sauce, olive oil, and garnish with parsley and Aleppo-style pepper.
  12. Enjoy!
 

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