Hummus is a very popular Arabian dip. It’s being used as an appetizer and dipped with pitta bread or raw vegetables. It can also be used as a healthy spread for wraps and sandwiches.

In my ambitious attempt to make everything as healthy as possible, I tried to make the hummus with dried chickpeas instead of canned ones: Soaked them overnight, cooked them, etc. But the hummus didn’t turn out so well. For some reason, the canned chick peas are much softer and thus much easier to mash. The hummus becomes much smoother. 
You can play around with the amounts of each ingredients according to your taste: more of the Tahini will give it a heavier texture and taste. I normally don’t add much olive oil. And I never put more than one garlic clove in since raw garlic tends to repeat on me for quite some time after the meal.
1 can of chick peas (garbanzo beans), including the water
2 tablespoons Tahini (sesame paste)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons of lemon juice (or less or more according to you taste)
1 clove garlic, crushed
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend to a smooth paste. Transfer to serving bowl and garnish with a few sprinkles of paprika powder and flat parsley leaves. Keeps well in airtight container in the fridge for a few days.


  1. Dear Anja,

    Thanks for sharing Hummus recipe with us! As you know, Joao loves this traditional Arabic appetizer and he can’t wait trying it!! 🙂 We are addicted to your blogue! Amazing recipes made us spend a lot more time cooking! Ohoh…and The Gazpacho… delicious!!!

    All the best for food and thought!!

  2. hey! your photo is beautiful! and i totally love homemade hummus! i wanted to let you know that when you buy dried beans, you soak them overnight then you have to boil them in water and simmer for about an hour. it will make the beans the same texture as canned for a fraction of the price! cover in water and store in the fridge! i JUST found ur blog and totally love it! keep up the good work

  3. Hello,

    I’ve been looking for hummus recipes and I came across yours as well as a few others. In one of them dried chickpeas are used and the blogger suggested peeling them before putting in the food processor so that it comes out smoother. I don’t know if that helps, it sounds pretty tedious but if it makes it healthier and better maybe its worth it!

    This was the post:

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. The secret for hummus is mix the ingredients manually without a bender!

  5. Really good recipe! Thank you for sharing!!

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