Friday, September 25, 2009

Authentic Hummus

I love Middle Eastern cuisine, especially hummus. It's healthy, filling and versatile - you can eat it with raw veggies, with crackers, pita bread, in a sandwich, with grilled meat. It can be flavoured with a myriad of spices or with roasted red peppers or roasted garlic... The possibilities are practically endless!

This homemade hummus is tasty and authentic, just as good as you'd get at any Lebanese restaurant.

2 cups canned chick peas (garbanzo beans), drained with liquid reserved
1/3 cup tahini
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, halved
1 teaspoon cumin
Salt to taste

Olive oil to taste
1 pinch paprika
1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley

Place the chick peas, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, cumin and salt in a blender or food processor. Blend adding reserved liquid from canned chick peas until hummus reaches desired consistency. Transfer mixture to a serving bowl.

Drizzle with additional olive oil and sprinkle with paprika and parsley.


  1. I love hummus! Your photo is so enticing. To spice it up, I like adding jalapeno and cilantro to my hummus.

  2. Mmm.....that looks absolutely perfect. It's always better homemade!

  3. Jalapeno is a fantastic idea! I'll have to try that!