My Best Hummus Recipe

Oh yes we can. Make hummus that is.

Welcome to my page on the best hummus recipe, brought to you by a native of Israel, the home of hummus!

Now first of all, please understand that this hummus will taste much better than any industrial hummus you may find in your local supermarket. And, it is much healthier too.

Hummus has a few versions but most all of them are based on some variation of the same ingredients.

One important advice: do not use canned chickpeas, instead use the dried ones. Using canned chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) causes a serious loss of nutrients from the hummus. Not to mention the superior taste of the dried ones.

Ok. Enough talk. Let’s move to the kitchen. Here is my best hummus recipe:


(Enough for 4 bowls approximately)

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas

  • ½ cup Tahini sauce

  • 3 chopped garlic cloves

  • ½ cup squeezed lemon

  • ½ teaspoon salt (more or less)

  • 1+1/4 tablespoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon cumin

  • Olive oil

  • Parsley

  • Paprika

Directions to Transform the Above into Hummus:

  1. Clean out the stones or any damaged chickpeas you find. You can do this easily by pouring the grains over a big plate.

  2. Wash the chickpeas 3-4 times, until the water is clean. Put the chickpeas in a bowl and soak them in clean water with 1 tablespoon baking soda. Soak overnight. Then, wash again, and soak in clean water for 5-6 more hours. The chickpeas should be twice as big now after absorbing most of the water.

  3. Wash the grains again and put them in a pot. Add water until the chickpeas are covered, and then add the extra ¼ tablespoon baking soda. Cook until the grains are soft and can be squashed easily with your fingers. The cooking should take about an hour or a little longer. During that time it is recommended to switch the water one more time. Also remove the foam and the peels that float above the water. When the cooking is done sieve the chickpeas and keep the cooking water.

  4. Grind the chickpeas using a food processor. Let the mix cool for a while before going to the next step.

  5. Add the rest of the ingredients (excluding the olive oil, parsley and paprika) and continue grinding it all in the food processor until you get a smooth texture. If it comes out too thick, add some of the cooking water you saved, and grind it some more.

  6. Divide the hummus into 4 bowls. Garnish with some olive oil, chopped parsley and sprinkle some paprika.

  7. Enjoy with a warm pita bread.

There you go - the best hummus recipe. if you wanted to know how to make it - well now you do.

As we say in Hebrew, b'te-a-von! (Hebrew version of bon appetit)

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