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hummus recipe, traditional hummus


10 min


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10 min


10 persons




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Author: Antonina Blum

It’s easy to buy a tub of hummus at the store but if you have a few extra minutes, it’s worth it to make your own. Store-bought hummus is typically made with soybean oil as opposed to olive oil, citric acid as opposed to lemon juice — and preservatives. Homemade hummus tastes better and is better for you, and it’s made from ingredients you can keep readily on hand: a few cans of chickpeas, extra virgin olive oil, a scoop of tahini, freshly squeezed lemon juice, garlic and spices. Just give it all a whirl in the food processor and you’re done!


  • chickpeas: 2 can (15-1/2 oz.)
  • freshly squeezed lemon juice: 0.25 cup (from 2 lemons)
  • sesame tahini: 0.25 cup (well stirred)
  • garlic: 2 clove (roughly chopped)
  • cumin: 0.25 tsp
  • cayenne pepper: 0.15 tsp
  • salt: 1 tsp
  • extra virgin olive oil: 3 Tbsp (plus more for drizzling)
  • freshly chopped parsley: 1 Tbsp (for serving (optional), Paprika, for serving (optional)

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Stages of cooking

  1. Ingredients.

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  2. Begin by draining the chickpeas in a colander. You’ll need to save the canning liquid for the recipe and set aside a few whole chickpeas for serving.

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  3. Next, combine the chickpeas, some of the canning liquid, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt and spices in the bowl of a food processor.

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  4. Blitz for a few minutes until smooth and creamy, adding more of the reserved liquid to thin the hummus if desired. It should hold its shape, but not be claggy.

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  5. Transfer the dip to a bowl and use a spoon to form a shallow well in the center. Drizzle a bit of olive oil in the well, sprinkle with paprika and parsley, and top with reserved whole chick peas. Serve with pita wedges, pita chips or crudités. Enjoy!

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History of Hummus:

Hummus has a long history, dating back to ancient Egypt. However, it wasn’t until the 13th century that it became a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine. In fact, the word ‘hummus’ means ‘chickpea’ in Arabic. Today, hummus is enjoyed all over the world and is commonly served as a dip or spread.

Tips and Tricks for Hummus Recipe:

The secret to making the perfect hummus is to use high-quality ingredients. Start with quality chickpeas, extra virgin olive oil, and tahini. Also, make sure to use freshly squeezed lemon juice and freshly chopped garlic for the best flavor.

When processing the hummus, add the liquid slowly until you reach your desired consistency. You can also adjust the spices to your liking. If you like your hummus spicier, add more cayenne pepper.

Tips for Presenting the Dish:

To present the dish, create a shallow well in the center of the hummus and drizzle with olive oil, paprika, and freshly chopped parsley. Add a few reserved whole chickpeas on top for an extra burst of flavor.

Serve hummus with pita wedges, pita chips, or fresh vegetables. You can also add some olives, feta cheese, or roasted red peppers to the plate for a colorful and flavorful presentation. Enjoy this healthy and delicious dip with family and friends!

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