Total Time
Prep 40 mins
Cook 5 mins

I've tried this with fresh ceci. I taste no difference and the canned stuff is easier. I've tried a food processor and a blender to puree this. Major pain in the neck! It can be done but you have to keep scraping out the blended ceci. With the immersion blender you can move it up and down and reach everything. I use the quart container since the ingredients jump around at the beginning. If you like Baba Ganouj, bake 2 big eggplants, peel them and use that instead of the ceci.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Drain the ceci (pronounced cheh- chee- or"chick peas") and save the liquid.
  2. Put the drained ceci into the plastic container.
  3. Juice the lemon.
  4. You should have around 1/4 cup.
  5. More or less won't hurt.
  6. Put the juice into the container with the ceci.
  7. Add 1/4 cup tahini to the ceci.
  8. Measuring 4 Tablespoons is easier since you won't have to scrape it out of the measuring cup.
  9. You need to stir up the tahini anyway with a spoon.
  10. If it's at room temperature it will be easier to stir.
  11. Add everything else to the ceci!
  12. Mince the garlic.
  13. Add it to the ceci.
  14. Blend it all together with the immersion blender like this.
  15. You may have to add some of the ceci liquid.
  16. I usually add around 2 tablespoons.
  17. (the same spoon you used to add the tahini).
  18. When it's all smooth and it's the viscosity you like, you're done!
  19. Let it sit for a few hours in the refrigerator for the ingredients to get to know each other.


Most Helpful

I added the zest of half a l emon and let the processor mash it up and the flavor was awesome

mac the spoon February 10, 2009

I have made a lot of hummus recipes thus far. This one is excellent. I love it. I garnished with a few chopped calamata olives and a smidge of olive oil at the end, but it certainly does not need either...that was just my idea. As is, the recipe rocks.

jjjackels December 28, 2008

I've tried MANY hummus recipes over the past 30 years and this is by far the best I've made. I halved the cayenne because I didn't want to overpower the lovely delicate flavor of the garbanzos and tahini that I love. The lemon juice is perfect - not too tangy. The garlic doesn't take over. This recipe has a perfect blend of flavors. Good with crackers, chips, pita, falafel, apple slices, pretzels, cheese chunks.... I'm impressed! Thanks so much - this will be the only hummus recipe for me from now on!

The Rabbit September 21, 2008

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