First I cook my gar-bonzos. I buy them dried (it’s less ex-pensive). They take anywhere from 1 hour to 2 hours to cook depending on how old they are. It just makes your hummus taste soooo much better to do it this way. If you don’t want to both, just use canned BUT be sure to rinse them very well and drain.
How I cook garbonzos:
Grab a large pot. Throw in about 4 cups raw beans. Add 1 teaspoon salt. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil. Boil til tender. After 1 hour I begin testing them every 15 minutes for doneness. When they are soft set a colander in a large bowl and drain. You want to save the water they are cooked in to help in the mixing of your hummus.
NOW: Throw everything into a food processor. Grind it up. If the mix is too thick, add a little water. Feel free to experiment by adding different flavors. Extra garlic, chili peppers, grilled tomatoes, grilled veggies, or artichoke hearts all make interesting, not to mention healthy, twists. Makes three cups. Serving size is 1/3 cup.
Recipe #2 … This makes a smaller amount / Ideal for two people
NOTE: I cooked the chickpeas myself. I buy them from my local health food store. Click here for more on cooking chickpeas. They are also known as Garbonzo Beans. Like so many other things that are “home made”, hummus is no different. I promise your hummus will taste soooooo much better when you cook your beans from scratch. Depending on the age of your beans they will take anywhere from 1 hour to 2 hours to totally cook. The older the bean, the long it will take too fully cook.
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