Simply Hummus

This is my first time making hummus, and I am so proud to say that I really made it from scratch…It all started when I got the dry garbanzo beans or chickpeas.

The great thing about making your own hummus is that you can make it thinner, thicker, spicy, lemony…in another words, dress as your palate desire. This simple hummus is great on crackers, as vegetable dip, on top of salad, sandwich spread…there is no end to where you can add some hummus.

I end up with a lot of cooked chickpeas and froze them for future use after placing into small bags.



300g drained cooked chickpeas
½ cup tahini (approximately 135g)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 ½ tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, chopped
100 ml water
1 pinch cumin
1 teaspoon salt



Wash the chickpeas and soak in water at room temperature overnight. Make sure that you use a slightly larger bowl as the chickpeas will expand and double in size.

Drain the water and rinse again before cooking.

Place the soaked chickpeas in a pan and cover with water, add salt if desire (I did not). Cook for 60 to 90 minutes until the desire texture.

Place the chickpeas and the chopped garlic in the food processor fitted with a blade attachment and process until smooth. Add the lemon juice, tahini, water, olive oil cumin and salt. Pulse until smooth and if still too think add more water. Taste for salt, add more if needed.

Serve at room temperature or chilled. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle paprika before serving.

Did you know that hummus is the Arabic word for chickpeas? Chickpeas are rich in protein, dietary fiber, folate and iron.