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E_M Oct 7, 2011 01:31 PM

This is the third time I have tried making hummus with my immersion blender. I used chick peas, tahini paste, some garlic, onion, red pepper, lemon juice, and a pinch of cumin. The taste and texture are fine, but when I taste it, it seems dry. A little like eating moist flavored sand. I'm not sure what to add since the texture seems smooth. I have more lemon juice and the liquid from the beans.

Can someone advise? Thanks.

  1. biondanonima Oct 7, 2011 01:37 PM

    I would use bean liquid or a little water if you like the current flavor profile. You'll also get a much better texture with a real blender than an immersion blender. If the liquids don't help, try some olive oil.

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      Scott D Oct 7, 2011 01:38 PM

      Olive Oil?

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        happybaker Oct 7, 2011 01:41 PM

        Yes! Olive oil!

        Traditionally hummus is topped with a drizzle of it for richness, many folks stir it in as well.

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        escondido123 Oct 7, 2011 01:41 PM

        I vote for both olive oil and a little water or bean liquid. The oil will give it a richer feel and taste and the water will make it a little fluffy. Process it for a good long time not just a couple pulses.

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          awm922 Oct 9, 2011 03:41 AM

          I made it a few times in a processor and did not like the consistency while letting it process for just a minute or so. Made a batch yesterday and let it go for a few minutes. It made all the difference in the world. Also, it definitely needs olive oil. I like the oil instead of the excess water from the chick peas.

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          happybaker Oct 7, 2011 01:43 PM

          Are these canned chick peas (which I think are dandy, honest.) Or dried, cooked up? If they are the fresh cooked, the texture could be a problem with them not being soaked/cooked enough.

          Kudos to you for making it on your own!

          1. monavano Oct 7, 2011 01:50 PM

            I like my hummus loose and I add water. Also make it in the food processor.

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              E_M Oct 7, 2011 02:08 PM

              Some olive oil, a splash of bean liquid, and a dash of salt = success!

              Now...I have some rose wine or a lager. What would be better?

              1. Njchicaa Oct 7, 2011 02:49 PM

                The recipe I use includes plain low-fat yogurt in place of some tahini. You might try adding a bit of that in.

                I make mine in the food processor and it always comes out creamy, smooth, and delightful.

                1. Foodielicious Oct 7, 2011 04:52 PM

                  Cooks Illustrated had a great technique in an article a few years ago. Grind up the chickpeas with some water, lemon juice, garlic, and salt in a food processor or blender. Then mix your tahini and your olive oil together until it's a nice pouring consistency (about like heavy cream). Then slowly pour the tahini/oil mix into the chickpea mix while the processor/blender is running. It's the same technique you'd use for making mayonaise or hollandaise and results in a remarkably creamy texture. Here's a version of the recipe:
                  http://www.food.com/recipe/cooks-illu...
                  The cumin and cilantro are optional, of course.

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                    smtucker Oct 7, 2011 06:09 PM

                    I actually add warm water. No calories and the texture is lovely.

                    1. Jetgirly Oct 8, 2011 03:25 PM

                      I'm a calorie counter and I always add filtered water (rather than the water from the beans).

                      Also, I see you've solved your problem, but I wasn't sure if you'd cooked your own beans or used canned (as either would have leftover liquid). If you cooked them, cook them longer next time!

                      1. BamiaWruz Oct 8, 2011 11:14 PM

                        Water.

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