Ottolenghi’s Hummus (gf)

Ottolenghi’s is bar none the best hummus recipe we have found, smooth and creamy every time. You will never go back to making hummus with canned chickpeas. Adapted from Jerusalem: A Cookbook.

1¼ c dried chickpeas
1 t baking soda
6½ c water
1 c + 2 T tahini, light roast if possible
4 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 cloves garlic, crushed
6½ T ice cold water

The night before, put the chickpeas in a large bowl and cover them with cold water at least twice their volume. Leave to soak overnight.

The next day, drain the chickpeas. Place a medium saucepan over high heat and add the drained chickpeas and baking soda. Cook for about three minutes, stirring constantly. Add the water and bring to a boil. Cook, skimming off any foam and any skins that float to the surface. The chickpeas will need to cook for 20 to 40 minutes, depending on the type and freshness, sometimes even longer. Once done, they should be very tender, breaking up easily when pressed between your thumb and finger, almost but not quite mushy. Drain the chickpeas. You should have roughly 3⅔ cups now.

Place the chickpeas in a food processor and process until you get a stiff paste. Then, with the machine sill running, add the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and 1½ teaspoons salt. Finally, slowly drizzle in the ice water and allow it to mix for about five minutes until you get a very smooth and creamy paste.

Transfer the hummus to a bowl, cover the surface with plastic wrap, and let it rest for at least 30 minutes, then refrigerate until needed. Make sure to take it out
of the fridge at least 30 minutes before serving.