Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

Hummus is very popular in the middle-east and every cook has a recipe. This was given to me in Lebanon. The creamy texture is important (should be very very smooth). Can be used as a dip, spread, garnish or a sandwich fill-in. I serve it as a salad in its own right. Enjoy!!


  1. Soak chick-peas in water for about 2 hours and cook in a pressure cooker for about 30 min Separate remaining skins (they usually float on top) and drain (keep the juice) Place peas in a large deep bowl.
  2. Add tahini, lemon juice, salt, garlic and 1 tbsp olive oil.
  3. Blend (hand-blender) intimately to a very smooth cream, using the juice if necessary.
  4. Taste and adjust the ingredients.
  5. Pour in a straight-sided serving dish.
  6. Decorate with cumin, red pepper and sumac.
  7. Arrange parsley twigs on top.
  8. Drizzle remaining olive oil over the top.
Most Helpful

This was really good even how I changed it. I loved the sumac on top. I could not find split chickpeas so I used canned hummus (chickpeas & a little tahini) I just added less tahini and used less garlic per our preferences. Instead of hot pepper flakes I used a dash cayenne. I would make this again both the way I did and if I can find split chickpeas I will make it from scratch insha Allah. Made for PAC Spring 2010.

UmmBinat March 31, 2010

I had great success with this recipe. It would be helpful if the size of the "package" were specified. I buy dried chickpeas in 500g packs and found that I needed only half of it for this recipe. The same goes for the spices - this makes quite a large batch and too much seasoning would be such a waste (I used a teaspoon/5ml of each). I don't have sumac, but the end result was as good as any hummus I've eaten (and I'm quite a hummus nut!) I added a little more lemon juice, though. I also substituted paprika for the pepper flakes, since my son will be eating it too. Apparently hummus can be frozen, which is great for a family of two. My blender didn't cope with the mixture and so I put it through a mechanical blender/chopper thing first. The blender then did the rest of the job beautifully.

e.lite September 03, 2007