Homemade Tahini for Homemade Hummus

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by LizFM, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. LizFM

    LizFM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2009
    I've got a food processor so for a couple of years have made my own hummus, which is really easy, and a WHOLE lot better than store bought. And a Whole WHOLE lot cheaper than buying it at the Farmer's Market. [​IMG]

    I haven't made any in a long time, and when I went to buy Tahini (which is sesame seed paste..a lot like raw fresh ground peanut butter) at one of the local grocery stores that carried it, they wanted $10.50 for a 12 oz jar, and that was on sale! [​IMG]

    So, I stood in the aisle and web searched how to make Tahini on my blackberry (which is the only time I'm ever glad work makes me carry the thing!). I was at Sunflower Market (which is like a cheaper type of Whole Foods) and they have bulk items...including, fortunately, sesame seeds. $2.20 for sesame seeds is way better than $10.50 for Tahini.

    The websites said that having a metal bladed food processor was important, which I have. You have to toast the seeds on a cookie sheet, but that only took like 10 minutes, then making the Tahini and the Hummus only took about 20 minutes more. The recipe sites say Tahini will keep in the fridge in a container for at least a couple of months.

    So, if you're like me and you're cheap and lazy, and can get sesame seeds, I highly recommend doing it yourself.

    I like Hummus a lot better than peanut butter for sandwiches. And sometimes we eat it with corn chips as a dip.
  2. Crittercrzy

    Crittercrzy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2009
    NE Tennessee
    Hi..I love good Hummus..would u share your recipe?
  3. kagedgoddess

    kagedgoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2009
    ooh i love hummus too! i get my tahini at the herb store and its like $5, so i dont think i ll go thru the trouble of making my own .... yet! but i DO make my own hummus. heres my recipe, not very smooth tho and contains no oil, but easy and WE like it better than store bought.

    1 can chick peas, sometimes i drain and rinse, sometimes i dont
    2 cloves of garlic
    3 tbsp tahini
    4 tbsp lemon juice

    if its too lemony, i add more tahini, not lemony, duh more lemon, and if needed more garlic. Easy as 1234, lol And before i had a food processor i used a fork to mash the chick peas, but now i just throw it all in and blend till i like the consistancy
  4. LizFM

    LizFM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2009
    Mix in food processor:

    2 cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained

    1/2 c. Tahini

    1/4 c. (or so) olive oil

    1/4 c. Lemon juice

    To taste:

    I double this almost every time I make it.

    You just experiment to get the right amount of spices for your own personal taste (all I did was google different hummus recipes and adjust).

    It's important to remember that the hummus needs to sit overnight to develop the full flavor, so it will age a bit and the spice flavors will mix. Don't overdo it on any one spice until you taste the final result.

    This is the website I used for the Tahini

    Although the Tahini ended up a bit too runny...I just used less oil in the Hummus so it all worked out.

    I've never added black olives but I will try that some time.
  5. chrisf

    chrisf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2007
    Cumin is a must for humus, and a pinch of cayenne
  6. cluckcluck42

    cluckcluck42 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2009
    I've been making homemade hummus for a few weeks now, and boy is it tasty! This is the recipe we are using now:

    * 1 can garbanzo beans/chickepeas
    * 1/4 cup olive oil
    * 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    * 1 teaspoon cumin

    My addition: two cloves garlic

    In a food processor, blend all ingredients together until smooth and creamy.

    Serve immediately with pita bread, pita chips, or veggies.

    Store in a airtight container for up to three days.

    I put a bit less oil than it calls for, I find its a tad overpowering. Very yummy! I'll have to try it with tahini sometime, but not for 10 bucks thats for sure!!
  7. CityChicker

    CityChicker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    I love homemade hummus. We add other things to ours a lot, like dill, black olives, etc... One of my favorite things in the world is a dish my husband makes. He makes a hummus with red peppers (the jarred kind, ground into the hummus). He stuffs pasta shells with it and then bakes it with a tomato sauce. It is amazing! Nothing beats fresh hummus on bread though. [​IMG]

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