Maya Lila's Better-Than-Store-Bought Hummus

I love hummus. I used to buy boatloads of it until I finally started making my own - and it's really, seriously better than the stuff from the store. I love having control over the flavors! My personal favorites are turmeric (for health benefits - turmeric is a super-powerful anti-inflammatory, and inflammation is at the base of all disease) and dill for flavor. DILL! There's not enough dill in our lives.

Turmeric and cilantro hummus.

Turmeric and cilantro hummus.

 

You will need:

  • 1 Lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup Organic Tahini
  • 1 can Organic Chickpeas
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin
  • Salt to taste
  • Optional: Turmeric (1 tsp), Pepper (to taste - it makes the turmeric available for absorption), Dill, Cilantro, Basil, etc

Put the lemon juice and tahini in a blender/food processor for a full minute. Apparently blending the tahini for extra time is the secret to amazing, creamy hummus. 

Add the chickpeas, salt, olive oil, and any other spices/herbs. Usually, traditional hummus has garlic and cumin, but it makes it slightly spicier. If you have a child with a sensitive palate, like I do, try without.

Blend until smooth. You might want to add a few tablespoons of cold water if it's too thick.

Enjoy with corn chips, pita chips, cucumbers, sliced bell peppers, jicama, carrots, on toast, in wraps...