Simple Hummus

Hummus is an amazingly simple, healthy and delicious Middle-Eastern dish. It’s versatile too – as a snack, dip and a meal. I love it because it’s so flavorful and simple at the same time.


  • 1/3 Cup Tahini (good quality)
  • 2–4 Tbsp Cold Water (more, if required)
  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Cumin
  • 3/4 Tsp Fine Salt
  • 2 Medium-sized Garlic Cloves (peeled and crushed)
  • 2–3 Tbsps Lemon Juice
  • 500 Gms Chickpeas (soaked overnight)
  • Drizzle of Olive Oil, Chopped Fresh Parsley, Sprinkle of Ground Sumac or Paprika, Toasted Pine Nuts, Olives and Zatar (Optional Toppings)


Prep: 45 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes

  1. Put the chickpeas and salt in a cooker and cook till they are soft. It generally takes 4-5 whistles.
  2. Add tahini, cold water, olive oil, cumin, salt, garlic and lemon juice to a food processor. Puree until smooth.
  3. Next, add the cooked chickpeas. Puree for 3-4 minutes, pausing halfway to scrape down the sides of the bowl until the hummus is smooth. If it seems too thick, add in another tablespoon or two of water.
  4. Taste and season with additional salt, cumin, and/or lemon juice if needed.
  5. Serve immediately, garnished with your desired toppings or transfer to a sealed container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. 
  6. Eat with fresh pita bread or you can use it as a dip for falafels or in salads and sandwiches.