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Prep Time:

10 Minutes

Cook Time:

10 Minutes


4 Servings



About the Recipe

Hummus is a delicious spread (or dip) made from chickpeas, tahini, lemon, and spices. It is a popular dish in the Middle East and the Mediterranean.


  • 1 can (15 ounces) of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)

  • 1/4 cup well-stirred tahini

  • 1 small garlic clove, minced

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • Salt to taste (about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon)

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water

  • Paprika, for serving (optional)

  • Fresh parsley, chopped, for serving (optional)


Step 1

Prepare Chickpeas:

If you prefer a smoother hummus, peel the chickpeas by gently rubbing them between your hands and discarding the skins.

Step 2 Blend Ingredients:

In a food processor, combine the tahini and lemon juice. Process for about 1 minute until creamy and well-blended.

Add the olive oil, minced garlic, cumin, and a pinch of salt to the tahini and lemon juice mixture. Process for another 30 seconds to 1 minute until well-mixed.

Step 3 Add Chickpeas:

Add half of the chickpeas to the food processor and blend for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl, then add the remaining chickpeas and blend until thick and smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 4 Adjust Consistency:

With the food processor running, slowly add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water until the hummus reaches your desired consistency. Taste and adjust salt, lemon juice, or tahini as needed.

Step 5 Serve:

Transfer the hummus to a serving bowl. Drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with paprika and chopped parsley, if using.

Serve with pita bread, fresh vegetables, or as a spread on sandwiches.

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