It's possible to make this without a blender (and I have), but you've got to be pretty desperate for some hummus. Pound the garlic to a paste in a mortar and pestle and use a potato masher to puree the beans as well as you can. Then mix everything together and wish for a blender. We only had hummus once in Tokmok.
This is a simple, authentic recipe. I'm not a fan of all the weird American additions to hummus, or recipes that leave essential ingredients out, like the tahina. This makes a lot of hummus. You can easily cut the recipe in half. Also, any of these ingredients can be adjusted to taste. Cumin, coriander, and paprika are good spices to add. I like coriander best and that's what I added here, along with crushed red pepper.
Here's what you'll need:
1/2 cup or so of water
1-2 tsp salt, to taste
6 cloves garlic, or to taste
3 cups cook garbanzo beans
1/2 cup tahina
Juice of 1-2 lemons
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
|Put the water, salt, and garlic cloves in the blender. If you use a food processor, you might not need to use any water at all. Just process the garlic instead.|
|Add the tahini and garbanzo beans|
|And the lemon juice|
|And the spices which you can barely see here|
|And a tablespoon or two of oil. Despite what's shown here, olive oil is best.|
|And blend it all up. Add more water if you need to.|