How to make hummus on the cheap

Spandana Singh/Staff

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We have a love affair with hummus.

We eat it on pita bread, pita chips and salad. We pair it with falafel and shawarma. We eat it at any time of the day.

But when you spend that much quality time with hummus, it can burn a hole in your wallet. As a result, you might want to start making it yourself. Homemade hummus only requires a handful of affordable ingredients and can easily be made in a dorm or apartment kitchen.

The ingredients for this hummus recipe can be purchased at your local Trader Joe’s or Safeway for about $20, depending on where you shop. Collectively, the ingredients will cost more than a $4 tub of hummus. But in the long run, you will be able to make multiple batches of hummus: more than just one tub. All you need to know is you will get more hummus for less money.

What you need:

15-ounce can of chickpeas (about $3)

1 tablespoon of Tahini (15-ounce jar for about $7)

1/4 cup of lemon juice (1-quart bottle for about $3)

2 garlic cloves, chopped (about $2 per pound)

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (25-ounce bottle for about $4)

Salt and paprika, to taste

A whisk (use an electronic one to make it easier) and a large bowl

What to do:

1. Whisk the Tahini and the lemon juice together for one minute.

2. Add the chopped garlic and cloves. Whisk them together for 30 seconds.

3. Add the chickpeas.

4. Sprinkle some salt on top and add a tablespoon of olive oil.

5. Whisk the ingredients together until the chickpeas are thoroughly mashed.

5. Drizzle some more olive oil on top.

6. Sprinkle some paprika on top.

So if you find that you just can’t get enough hummus — and you want to make your commitment solid — try this recipe. Then you can have as much hummus as you want, whenever you want, without investing all your money on Trader Joe’s blends.

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