Makes: 6 to 8 servings

Time: 15 minutes with precooked chickpeas

The Middle Eastern classic has become daily fare for many Americans, whether as a dip or a sandwich spread. Make it as garlicky, lemony, or spicy as you like (try it with smoked pimentón or Aleppo or other mild Middle Eastern pepper); I love it with lots of lemon juice.

If you’re serving it as a dip, you may need to add more bean-cooking liquid, water, olive oil, or lemon juice to thin it. Recipe from How to Cook Everything.

2 cups drained well-cooked or canned chickpeas, cooking liquid reserved if possible

1/2 cup tahini, with some of its oil if you like

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus oil for garnish

2 cloves garlic, peeled, or to taste

Juice of 1 lemon, plus more as needed

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon ground cumin or paprika, or to taste, plus a sprinkling for garnish

Chopped fresh parsley leaves for garnish

1. Put the chickpeas, tahini, oil, garlic, and lemon juice in a food processor (or a blender for even smoother hummus), sprinkle with salt and pepper, and begin to process; add chickpea-cooking liquid or water as needed to produce a smooth purée.

2. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding more salt, pepper, or lemon juice as needed. Serve, drizzled with some olive oil and sprinkled with a bit of cumin or paprika and some parsley.


Posted in Middle Eastern, Recipes


  1. HoneyBNutrition said...

    Ooh I can’t wait to try to make this healthy snack!!

  2. veganoutreach said...

    Mark, is there any substitute for tahini?

    • joe turner said...

      tahini can be substituted with greek yogurt and lemon… 7 part greek yogurt to 1 part lemon juice = tahini

  3. Petra Schoep said...

    I have made it with smooth peanut butter instead when I did not have tahini…. delicious as well!

  4. puddintane said...

    I make this recipe once a week. My husband & step-daugher love it. My step-daughter will not eat anyone else’s hummus.

  5. nylund said...

    I’ve found that using roasted garlic makes for a superior hummus. Since roasted garlic is milder, you’ll have to increase the number of cloves you use.

  6. Dawn Finley said...

    How long does this keep? I sometimes make a double batch but I’m always a little unsure about how long it stays absolutely safe in the fridge. And this recipe really is the best–I’ve passed it along to more people than probably any other recipe I use.

  7. joe turner said...

    this stuff is fucking delicious,,, i especially like the use of lemon in it… never had that before

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