Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

This recipe is from my dear friend, Elias, and his family. They are from the Middle East and this recipe is a staple for them. It has just the right balance of flavours.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Drain and rinse garbanzos. Do NOT use can juices for the liquid in this recipe. They 'muddy' the flavour of the end result.
  2. Put garlic, tahini and salt in a blender or food processor and buzz until ingredients are well mixed (10-15 seconds).
  3. Add garbanzo beans (one can at a time) and blend after each addition. You can reserve a few whole beans for garnish.
  4. Add lemon juice and blend.
  5. Add as much water as you need for the consistency you like. I usually use it all, unless the lemon is ultra juicy.
  6. Spread hummus on a flat plate. Create a bowl shape by elevating the edges with hummus.
  7. Drizzle olive oil over the hummus, sprinkle with paprika and garnish with reserved whole beans and chopped parsley.
  8. Serve with flat Arabic bread. It's nice to toast the bread lightly in the oven.


Most Helpful

Originally made as written for ZWT6 Family Picks because I multi-task & needed hummus for Recipe #317056. BUT the hummus purist in me found she liked it so well that she expanded that recipe to include your hummus, the blended w/sour cream hummus + the Mediterranean-style salsa. All were served to family dinner party guests w/homemade garlic pita chips as cocktail hr finger food & enjoyed by all while we awaited the main-course grill effort. The presentation is esp pretty & won admiring comments from our family for the obvious care taken. Thx for sharing your tasty recipe w/us. :-)

twissis June 25, 2010

i love it with the lrmon, but like it even more with lime! Excellent tasting hummus!

cariannhillsgrove August 19, 2009

Excellent recipe!! Being a garlic lover, I used 3 cloves. And, used 3 heaping tablespoons of tahini and the juice of a large, juicy lemon (tip: place the whole lemon on the counter; push down with the palm of your hand an roll back and forth a couple of times before cutting and squeezing.) I can make a meal of this by spreading on a pita half with some diced tomatoes and sliced black olives, and then rolling it up. Love the addition of chopped parsley, along with the sprinlkle of paprika...adds a great color contrast for a nice presentation

Alan in SW Florida July 16, 2009

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