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This simple but delicious chickpea dish (the word hummus actually means chickpea in Arabic, I believe) is already a favorite with a great many people.  However, once you realize how easy it is to prepare at home, you will never be satisfied with the store bought version again.

Top view of a bowl of Hummus and a side of pita by Simon Majumdar. Text, "Go Everywhere, Eat Everyth

Hummus Recipe

(Serves 4)


  • 2 Cans Chickpeas (it is even better if you buy dried chickpeas and soak them overnight and boil them with water and baking soda, but the canned versions still make a great dish)

  • 2 Cloves Garlic

  • 1 Lemon (Juice)

  • 4 Tablespoons Olive Oil

  • 1 Tsp Salt

  • 1 Tsp Ground Cumin

  • ½ Tsp Paprika

  • ½ Tsp Black Pepper

  • ¼ Cup Cold Water

  • ½ Cup Tahini Paste



  1. Rinse the chickpeas in cold water and allow to drain.

  2. In a blender or food processor, blend the Tahini and the lemon juice for one minute.

  3. Add the garlic and half the olive oil and blend again for one minute.

  4. Add half the chickpeas and half the water and blend again for one minute.

  5. Add the remaining chickpeas, the rest of the water, the salt, cumin, paprika and pepper and blend for a further two minutes.

  6. It should result in a very creamy whipped end result.  If it is too thick, add a little more iced water and blend again.

  7. Garnish with a dribble of olive oil, a sprinkle of paprika and parsley.  Serve with warm pita bread.

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