Are you tired of the same-old-same-old humdrum hummus dip? If so, you’re not the only one. Just take a stroll down the refrigerated goods aisle of your local grocery story and you’re bound to see tub after tub of oh-so delicious — and nutritious — hummus dips. However, perhaps you’re ready for something a bolder than what’s offered in stores? If that’s the case, then why not create your own hummus dip recipes in the comfort of your own home?
Hummus has been around for like, a really, really long time. According to reports, the earliest documented recipe for something similar to modern day hummus can be traced to 13th-century Egypt. Yeah, that old. Back in those days, there was no such thing as barbecue-bacon-bleu cheese hummus, rather, they kept it pretty simple.
By nature, hummus is a very simple food item consisting of mashed chickpeas, fresh lemon juice, fresh garlic, and sea salt. Traditionally, it’s also served with a drizzle of golden, extra virgin olive oil. In many Mediterranean cultures, tahini hummus dip is also quite popular. Tahini is a paste made from ground, toasted sesame seeds. Tahini hummus dip tends to have a creamier texture and a nuttier flavor.
However, there is plenty you can do beyond tahini hummus dip if you’re craving something a little bolder. For flavor inspiration, start with your own taste buds. Seriously! What flavor combinations excite you? Do you prefer savory flavors, or perhaps you have a sweet tooth? Do you enjoy spicy foods, or do you prefer milder flavors? Finding what flavors resonate with you will help you to determine which will be best for your homemade hummus.
For example, curry hummus has been growing in popularity due to its balance of creamy and bold flavors, not to mention its bright color, which makes for an excellent presentation.