Vitamix Hummus (Vegan + Gluten-Free)
Hummus, a Middle Eastern dip that has taken over the world. It’s easy to make, is filling, is Vegan, and Gluten-free. Add to that; it’s a handy option to entertain as well.
It was when I first moved to Toronto in 2004; I had tried Hummus. My keen interest in recipes helped me narrow down all the ingredients but Tahini. A friend of mine helped me understand what was missing.
Did you know: Chickpeas are a good source of protein and are packed with nutritional values including calcium,vitamin B6, iron and magnesium.
Gadgets you would need:
- Vitamix or any Food Processor (I made mine with Vitamix, hence the blog title)
- Lime squeezer
Note: Till now I usually used my Kitchen Aid food processor, as I like textured hummus. But lately I have started loving the silky smooth pureed vitamix hummus.
** Revised Note 10th May 2021: For Basic Hummus: Ingredients: Cooked/Canned Chickpeas, Tahini, Garlic ( roasted must), Lime juice, Olive oil, and Salt to taste and but ofcourse ice cubes magic. Follow the instrcution as below and you will enjoy the Hummus in no time.
Ingredients (Serves 4):
- 1 cup drained well-cooked or canned chickpeas or garbanzo beans (reserve water)
- 3 tbsp tahini (sesame paste)
- 3-4 cloves of garlic, peeled
- ** Revised Note 10th May 2021: Roast the garlic in a little bit of olive oil before using it for making hummus. It will take away the raw garlic bite, makes a world of difference to me.
- 1/2 tsp dried or 1 tsp fresh oregano (optional)
- One tsp fresh thyme (optional)
- Lime juice (squeezed one lime) or to taste
- One jalapeno (optional — half if you like it less spicy)
- 1-2 tsp ground smoked cumin and paprika to taste ( optional )
- Salt and freshly ground pepper (optional) to taste
- 2-3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- ** Revised Note 10th May 2021 — Important: 3 – 4 Ice cubes.
- Couple pinch of sumac
- Extra-virgin olive oil to drizzle
- Few strands of parsley
Tip 1: Use fresh herbs like thyme and oregano.
Veggie platter ingredients (optional):
- Cut following into strips to serve:
- 1/2 red bell pepper
- 1/2 green bell pepper
- 1/2 pink lady apple or any of your choice
- 1/2 cup of baby carrot
- 1 cup baby tomato
- 1/2 cup of bread or pita or laffa
Tip 2: If not using canned chickpeas:
- Soak chickpeas at least for 6-8 hours.
- Add soaked chickpeas and water to the pressure cooker.
- Follow the manufacturers recommendation for the water level, I ususally use enough water to submerge chickpease and bit more. But not more than half the pressure cooker.
- Add salt to enhence the flavour.
- Pressure cook it to 6-7 whistles.
- Let it cool enough to open, as the steam could burn you bad.
- Add the reserved water to Vitamix. It helps to make smooth and consistent hummus.
- To that, add the chickpeas along with all the ingredients listed.
- Lastly, blend.
- Adjust the seasoning to taste.
- ** Revised Note 10th May 2021: Blend it one last time after adding the ice-cubes to get that soft pillow texture. It makes all the difference. It helps make the hummus lighter in texture. If you try and like it, do leave a comment.
- Ta-Daa! Vitamix Hummus is ready to serve.
Tip 3: If you can get hands on to laffa bread it’s Yum! I like it better than Pita. I am planning to bring the recipe your way soon from the Kitchen Stories.
Tip 4: Serve the platter of hummus drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil, sprinkle of paprika, sumac and some fresh parsely to garnish.
My personal favorite way to enjoy Hummus is with the veggie platter. But it’s very versatile. I have tried eating hummus with some combination. Check the options below:
- Mediterranean sandwich.
- Hummus Pizza with roasted zucchini, onion, eggplant, and carrots, can use feta or goat cheese if available.
- I want to try hummus eggplant lasagna or cannelloni (sounds interesting) with tomato sauce and feta or goat cheese, baked to sizzle.
Please do share how do you choose to eat your hummus.
A few of the restaurants I often go to enjoy middle eastern food in Toronto are listed below. Both have a sit-down and a take-away facility.
There are a few more to try will keep you posted as I get to try those.
When visiting Istanbul in the spring of 2016, I devoured hummus in many restaurants and soaking in the culture. It was exquisite!
- Galata Kitchen for home-style food
- Vitamix – Professional Series 750: Williams-Sonoma
- Grocery: Loblaws, Longos, and Valley Farm Produce around the corner to my residence
- Linen: Kaibelle
- Camera: Nikon D5300
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