Hummus is one of my favorite snacks – you can make or buy it and keep it in the fridge for a day or two for easy access. It is filling and nutrient-rich and naturally vegan and gluten-free. Make it even healthier by eating it with fresh veggies like carrots, cucumbers and peppers. There’s something about restaurant hummus – it just tastes better. It took me a while to figure it out but I think I cracked the code! Read on for my list of the best hummus in Mumbai & New York, and a recipe for the perfect homemade hummus that tastes just like it does in restaurants.
Best Hummus in Mumbai
This one is the easiest for a quick lunch or snack – their hummus is always the same which is something I appreciate. Standard is key! They have several locations: at Cuffe Parade (the original restaurant but I haven’t been in years), Kemps Corner (a small cafe in Crosswords) and at Palladium Mall.
This is my go-to home delivery order on a lazy Sunday evening or weeknight. Their hummus is super creamy from the tahini!
The only fine dining spot on my hummus list, Souk is located on the top floor of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. They serve a more authentic range of Middle Eastern food – my favorite dish there is definitely the zucchini and aubergine fritters. The view is lovely as well.
Best Hummus in New York
Whole Foods in TriBeCa was right opposite my office building – a hummus+falafel wrap at their Middle Eastern shawarma counter was my lunch treat every few weeks! You can’t go wrong with Whole Foods for a quick lunch.
I love this little cafe in the lower part of the West Village. Of course the hummus is excellent but their shakshouka and israeli guacamole are must-haves too. I posted a shakshouka remake as well – check out the recipe here.
An East Village institution – this is my favorite of all the spots in this list. In addition to the hummus and labneh, their za’atar eggs are to die for and they do the best vegetable tagine ever.
A really small cafe in Soho that also runs a food truck, Taim is a New York classic. Their food truck line is always the longest (for good reason). They don’t have sit-down seating at the Soho Cafe; if you’re looking for a quick refuel in the middle of some Soho shopping this is your spot. Try their falafel sandwich with hummus.
The Perfect Homemade Hummus
Never able to get your hummus to taste the way it does outside? After many tries, I’ve discovered a few reasons why:
Tahini: at restaurants, they use a LOT more tahini than you might have thought.
Cumin: maybe it’s random/”Indian” to you and me but authentic Israeli hummus is typically made with the addition of a hint of cumin. It adds so much flavor.
Water: cold water gives everyone and every thing a good shock! We used to use the remaining chickpea cooking water; cold water helps to better even the texture in my opinion. You can try a batch with either but my vote goes to cold water.
- 400 grams cooked chickpeas
- 4 tbsp tahini
- Juice of one lemon
- 4 cloves garlic
- ¼ tsp cumin
- ½ tsp salt or to taste
- 3-4 tbsp cold water
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Za'atar, sumac and red chilli pepper (optional)
- Blend all the ingredients except the water in a blender until smooth. Add 2 tbsp of cold water. If you prefer a slightly thinner hummus, add the remaining tablespoon or two and blend again.
- Top with olive oil and sprinkle some za'atar, sumac and red chilli pepper to your liking.
- Serve with pita bread, pita chips or sliced carrots, peppers and cucumber.
Note: you can get (imported) tahini and (made in India) za’atar and sumac at Crawford Market, Nature’s Basket, Foodhall, etc.