Who doesn’t like hummus!? Unfortunately it is very difficult to find hummus in Japan. But luckily it is easy to make and the ingredients are simple & easily accessible.
Creamy homemade hummus made in just a few simple steps.
Simple Vegan Hummus
- 1 can chickpeas 400g
- 1/4 cup lemon juice or one lemon
- 2 tbsp tahini or 練りごま(neri goma)
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- salt to taste
- 3 tbsp water
- paprika powder to garnish optional
- Open, drain and rinse chickpeas. Add 1/2 can to food processor/blender/hand blender and process for 1 minute. Scrape down sides, then add remaining chickpeas and process for a further 1-2 minutes
- Add lemon juice, tahini, garlic, olive oil, cumin, salt and water and process for 30 seconds-1 minute. Add more water depending on desired consistency.
- Taste for salt and adjust as needed. Serve by drizzling with a little olive oil and garnish with paprika.
- Eat immediately, or store in refrigerator for up to a week.
Ingredients guide for Japan residents
Where can I buy chickpeas in Japan?
Most supermarkets do sell chickpeas, however they usually come in small packets and are expensive. If you are lucky enough to live near an import food store (e.g., gyomu, jupiter, kaldi), you can usually buy a can for around 100-200 yen. If you don’t have that option, you can buy online. If you are an Amazon prime member you can get a good deal of 3 cans for 395 yen. For the most inexpensive option, you can buy dried chickpeas, but obviously there’s a lot more prep time required. You can buy dried chickpeas online from indojin.com along with many other very cheap options of beans and lentils.
Nerigoma; 練りごま (sub for tahini)
Nerigoma is 100% sesame paste- just like tahini and can be used in recipes as a sub for tahini if you can’t find it. It’s a common ingredient in many Japanese dishes so it is available in all supermarkets across Japan.