If you want to know how to make hummus, look no further. Our authentic hummus recipe is easy and delicious.
A dip recipe made of chick peas may sound odd if you haven’t tried it before, but once you do, you’ll understand why hummus is a Middle Eastern standard.
The traditional dipper for hummus is pita bread cut into wedges, but you can also use vegetables. That makes this recipe even healthier.
It makes a great appetizer or party food, but is also a wonderful side dish served with grilled marinated chicken or other meat and a salad.
Of course it’s perfect with pretty much any Middle Eastern meal.
- 2 cups canned chick peas, drained or the same amount fresh cooked
- 2/3 cup tahini
- 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic, mashed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- parsley for garnish
- 1/4 cup oil, more or less, as needed
- Place chick peas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt and cumin in food processor. Mix until smooth. The hummus may be a bit thick, so thin it out by adding a bit of oil or liquid from the can of chick peas.
- Using the liquid from the can obviously makes it a low fat hummus recipe, but the oil adds a lovely richness to the hummus that is my preference.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Just before serving sprinkle chopped parsley on top.
Tips and Variations:
- Tahini is a sesame seed paste that you can get in ethnic sections of your grocery store or ethnic specialty stores. It really is the best thing to use for an authentic hummus recipe, but in a pinch you can substitute 2/3 cup of sesame seeds. Blend well to grind the seeds.
- Replace the garlic in the recipe with an equal amount of roasted garlic for a smooth, rich roasted garlic hummus. Look here for our recipe for roasting garlic.