Ultimate Hummus

READY IN: 13hrs 5mins
Recipe by Sass Smith

This takes a little more work than cracking open a container from the store, but it is SO worth it. You can use regular chickpeas or the smaller, darker kind known as kala chana or desi chickpeas. Desi chickpeas are much healthier than the larger type. This is from Cook's Illustrated.

Top Review by debbiemcelroy

This is delicious. For those not familiar with desi chana, it is a type of chickpea, also called kala chana or black chickpeas. Most Indian stores have this in the bulk food section. I have read that it is healthier than regular chickpeas/garbanzos. I only gave it 4 stars because I made substitutions. I used a sesame oil for the tahini (don't like it) and lemon juice to taste. Also, unless you really like garlic, you might want to halve that as well.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak chickpeas overnight in a quart of water. Drain, then combine in a large stockpot with baking soda and a quart of clean water.
  2. Bring to a boil and simmer gently about an hour, until beans are tender.
  3. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of the bean cooking water, and cool.
  4. Combine lemon juice and bean cooking water in a bowl and set aside.
  5. Combine tahini and olive oil, stir together and set aside.
  6. In the workbowl of a food processor, process chickpeas, garlic, salt, cumin and cayenne until almost fully ground, about 15 seconds. You may need to pause occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  7. With machine running, add lemon-water mixture in a steady stream; scrape down the bowl and process one minute.
  8. With machine running, add oil-tahini mixture in a steady stream; process about 15 more seconds until the hummus is smooth and creamy.
  9. Transfer to serving bowl and garnish with minced parsley and drizzled olive oil.
  10. This will keep in the fridge for about 5 days. Makes about 2 cups.

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