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Hummus – Middle Eastern Garbanzo Bean Dip

Posted on | April 25, 2011 | 3 Comments

Hummus is a popular Middle Eastern dip and appetizer served with hot pita bread.  It is often part of a mezze or served with falafel or meat.  It also makes a great snack.  Hummus can be garnished with all sorts of herbs, veggies and spices.  I went with olive oil, paprika and parsley  but there are many other ways of garnishing it.  

I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised to learn how simple it is to make hummus myself.  I had no idea…


  • 1 cup dry garbanzo beans/chickpeas,  soaked overnight
  • 4 tbsp tahini (sesame paste)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • fresh parsley, minced
  • paprika
  • olive oil


The 1 cup of dry garbanzo beans need to soaked in water overnight.  Cook the beans in water for 1/2 hour to an hour until tender.  Drain the beans but keep the water.

Place the warm beans, tahini, lemon juice, garlic and the salt in a food processor.  Mix until smooth.  Add some cooking water if necessary to get a smooth and creamy consistency.

Check the flavors and season to taste with more salt, tahini or lemon juice.

Transfer the dip to a serving bowl.  Drizzle some olive oil over it or into a little hole in the middle and garnish with some fresh parsley and paprika.

Serve with hot pita bread and/or cut up vegetables such as cucumber, celery and carrots.

Guten Appetit!!!


3 Responses to “Hummus – Middle Eastern Garbanzo Bean Dip”

  1. toasty redhead
    May 14th, 2011 @ 17:06

    Thank you for a great post.

  2. Jim G.
    September 15th, 2012 @ 20:57

    I have always loved hummus. Never really made it before, i don’t know why i thought it would be difficult…such a simple recipe and soooo good. i cant stop making it :) ))..thank you

  3. BalticMaid
    September 15th, 2012 @ 23:33

    @ toasty redhead: Thank you for your comment.

    @ Jim: I am glad to read a comment from a like-minded person :-D I used to think it was difficult as well and therefore stayed away from it for a long time. On the other hand, finding the tahini might be a challenge in some cities (or countries)… :-)

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