Ever since my trip to Dubai a few years back, I've had a bit of an obsession with hummus. Eating it instantly takes me back to that magical trip abroad where I spent my days wandering around the spice markets and enjoying camel rides in the desert. Sounds amazing right? Trust me it was, but weirdly enough it's the hummus that I miss most! Since returning home from Dubai, I've made it my foodie mission to find a hummus that can hold a candle to the ones I ate there. Unfortunately all of the store bought ones I've tried have left much to be desired, so I decided I would just have to make my own.
After quite a few tries, I've finally figured out a recipe that comes close to my favorite hummus from Dubai. It's deliciously creamy, has a full garlic flavor without a harsh garlicky bite, and is just light enough to not feel extremely guilty when you finish off the whole batch. You can find my recipe below, but first I want to share a few tips & tricks I picked up during my many attempts at making the perfect hummus. First, most people swear by using tahini in hummus but I've found that most people prefer the taste & texture without the tahini paste. To ensure that the hummus still packs full flavor, I prefer to reserve a bit of the chickpea liquid to add to the hummus in place of the tahini. Second, I use a whole lot of olive oil in my hummus. I realize that a 1/2 cup may sound excessive for such a small batch of chickpeas but it really does make a world of difference. Lastly, you'll see in one of the steps that I actually heat up the olive oil and add the garlic to the warmed oil before blending everything together. This allows the garlic to release a bit of that bitter raw garlic taste while also helping to reduce some of the smelly effects garlic can have on some people. By slightly cooking the garlic you'll still get a strong garlic flavor, but it won't be bitter and it won't ooze out of your pores quite so bad!
To make my easy & delicious garlic hummus check out my recipe below! I like to serve it topped with some extra olive oil, fresh parsley, and feta crumbles to dress it up. If you prefer a spicy hummus simply toast 1 tbsp of red pepper flakes and add them to your mixture during step five. I know it's so easy to just go buy hummus but I promise you that once you make your own you'll never want to buy store bought again! Plus it's WAY cheaper to make homemade hummus so there is always the bang for your buck factor!