Garlic Hummus without Tahini is a healthy snack that’s made with a few ingredients and perfect for parties! This homemade Garlic Hummus without Tahini recipe is quick and easy to make, super-smooth and creamy, and tastes so fresh and flavorful.
What is Hummus?
Just so we are all on the same page, let’s talk about what hummus is. If you aren’t familiar, hummus is a delicious spread or dip made from chickpeas, tahini, lemon, and spices. It’s commonly eaten in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Here in the US, you can find store-bought versions at the grocery store, but we think you should skip those and make your own. Let me show you how!
Why Hummus at home?
Simple Chickpea Garlic Hummus … some things are good when kept basic. It’s nice to master the simplest form of a recipe, then treat is like a canvas and build on it. This is my simplest hummus, absolutely no fuss and finger-licking good. It uses basic pantry ingredients, I used roasted sesame seeds instead of tahini paste, to make it more simple.
No Tahini Hummus
To boil the chickpeas quickly, I added little baking soda and salt while boiling it. You can completely skip.
You can always reserve the water and use the water to make aquafaba.
Let us quickly check out the ingredient for this simple yet delicious Garlic Hummus recipe
- 1 cup chickpeas
- 1/4 TSP baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 3-4 garlic pods
- 3 tbsp roasted sesame seeds
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup preserved water of boiled chickpeas
- Wash and Soak 1 cup chickpeas in 1 litre of water overnight
- Drain the soaked water and add the chickpeas to a pressure cooker
- Add 1 tsp salt and 1/4 TSP of baking soda to the cooker
- Pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles
- Let the pressure go and open the cooker
- Now transfer the cooked chickpeas to the grinder along with rest of the ingredients and grind to a fine paste
Homemade Hummus Ingredients
Chickpeas (or channa/chole) are the base for hummus. The softened beans breakdown into a smooth paste. You can use canned or home-cooked chickpeas in our recipe. I use them interchangeably and give home-cooked chickpeas a slight edge when it comes to the flavour (here’s how I cook dried chickpeas).
Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds, and it makes the hummus taste incredible. You can buy tahini at the store, or you can make it yourself. To make hummus that’s 100% from scratch, we use homemade sesame seeds paste. It’s ridiculously easy to make yourself. Here’s our tahini recipe with a video showing how to make it. It lasts up to a month in your refrigerator, and our recipe makes enough tahini for two batches of hummus.
Fresh lemon juice is essential for excellent hummus. Bottled lemon juice does not taste nearly as good.
Fresh garlic adds a little spice and zest. I add one small clove and find it’s just right. You can also experiment with using roasted garlic for a roasted garlic hummus. You can see how we roast garlic here.
Ground cumin and salt help make it taste amazing, and the cumin adds a little more spice and richness.
Olive oil makes the texture of the hummus luxurious. We also add a little drizzle to the top of the swirly hummus when we serve it. I like using fruity, light flavoured olive oils when making hummus.
How To Make Smooth Garlic Hummus without Tahini from Scratch
Here’s my time-saving solution: Just boil canned or leftover cooked chickpeas with baking soda for twenty minutes.
Overcooked chickpeas seemed like a promising idea to me. Therefore I use baking soda for cooking the channa well. It increases the taste of hummus.
You can see the difference that baking soda boiled chick peas and without baking soda. The chickpeas are popping open more? They are significantly softer in texture as well.
Tips & Tricks for Easy Everyday Hummus recipe:
Hummus is more of an idea than a recipe — this is my favorite version, but there is lots of room for others. Play around with the proportions, add some spices, and make this recipe your own.
For even smoother hummus: If you love super-smooth hummus, it’s also worth taking the time to pinch the skins from each chickpea. This is a time-consuming endeavor, no question, but hummus made with these chickpeas is smooth as silk.
Garlic Hummus variations:
- Add 1 to 3 teaspoons of spices for more flavor, like cumin, sumac, harissa, or smoked paprika.
- Drizzle a little pomegranate molasses or sprinkle a pinch of sumac on top.
- For an olive hummus, fold in 3/4 cup of chopped green or black olives.
- For a nutty hummus, blend in some lightly toasted walnuts, almonds, or pine nuts.
How to store Hummus without Tahini
Hummus will also keep for up to 1 week in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Enjoy delicious Hummus with your favorite snack or bread sticks.
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