Hummus is a Middle Eastern dip or spread made with mashed chickpeas, Tahini paste (made with sesame seeds and oil), lemon juice and garlic. Commonly used in Middle East, Turkey and North Africa, it is perfect for pitta bread or as side to meat and fish…

Ingredients (for 2)

  • 2 cups chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 garlic clove
  • salt


  • Start by preparing the Tahini paste: preheat the oven to 400 °F (190 °C)
  • Take a baking sheet or flat pan and spread out sesame seeds evenly
  • Bake in oven for 4-5 minutes, but pay attention not to brown the seeds
  • Remove from oven and add to a food processor with a few drops of olive oil
  • Pulse and add some more oil; continue until you get a smooth paste
  • Add lemon juice and blend for 1 minute more
  • Scrape sides and bottom of the food processor with a spatula and add: minced garlic, cumin, salt and remaining olive oil; blend for 30 seconds more
  • Open the canned chickpeas, drain liquid and rinse under running water
  • Add half of the chickpeas to the food processor and blend for 1 minute
  • Scrape sides and bottom of the food processor with a spatula and add remaining chickpeas
  • Blend for 1-2 minutes more or until smooth and creamy

Best Served With

Pitta bread

Tips from the Chef

  • We suggest using canned chickpeas to reduce cooking time
  • To adjust the consistency of the cream you can add a sip of water and continue mixing to the desired thickness
  • Try adding a dash of ground paprika as final touch