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Classic hummus recipe
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Classic Hummus Recipe

Classic hummus or middle eastern chickpea dip, creamy light fluffy. Vegan & gluten free!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: condiment
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: hummus
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 184kcal
Author: Harini


For cooking chickpeas

  • 1 cup dried white chickpeas garbanzo beans, kabuli chana
  • 4 cups water for cooking more for soaking dried chickpeas
  • pinch of salt

Other ingredients for hummus

  • 1/2 cup ice cold water
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 4 tablespoons tahini or sesme seeds
  • 1 small onion optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • finely chopped parsley as needed
  • sumac or paprika few pinches


Cooking Chickpeas

  • Pick, rinse and soak chickpeas in plenty of water for 8-12 hours.
  • Remove the white froth that accumulates over the soaked chickpeas carefully and then rinse thoroughly. Drain.
  • Add soaked chickpeas to a pressure cooker base along with four cups water and pinch of salt. Cover and pressure cook for around 12 whistles or 15 minutes over medium flame.
  • If you prefer you can cook chickpeas directly in a pan of water on stove top until soft.

How to make hummus

  • To a food processor or high power mixer grinder add peeled garlic, onions if using, 4 tablespoons tahini, and cumin seeds.
  • Blend until smooth
  • Add cooked chickpeas, cold water, lemon juice and required salt.
  • Blend until smooth. Now as you can see the hummus is very thick.
  • Add more water and blend for good 3 minutes for creamier and light dip.
  • Transfer to a bowl and garnish with sumac, extra virgin olive oil, parsley and a dash of sea salt.
  • Serve hummus as required. Keep refrigerated until serving.


  • Use dry chickpeas for creamier hummus.
  • Peel the chickpea skin for smoother dip.
  • You can double the recipe.


Serving: 12servings | Calories: 184kcal