Hummus bi Tahina

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Appetizers | Hummus bi Tahina

(Middle Eastern chickpea and sesame dip)

Hummus is popular appetizer, or meze, throughout the Middle East. Serve with grilled or toasted pita bread cut into wedges. Or use as a sandwich or wrap spread.

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4 to 6 servings


  • Chickpeas, cooked and drained -- 2 cups
  • Tahini (sesame paste) -- 1/4 to 1/2 cup
  • Lemon juice -- 1/4 cup
  • Garlic, crushed -- 2-4 cloves
  • Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Water -- as needed
  • Olive oil -- 1/4 cup
  • Parsley minced -- 1-2 tablespoons


  1. Place the chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic and salt into a food processor or blender and process until very smooth. Add water as needed to achieve a soft, spreadable consistency. Adjust seasoning with lemon juice and salt to taste.
  2. Mound the hummus in a serving bowl and drizzle the olive oil over the top. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.


  • In Egypt 1-2 teaspoons of ground cumin are usually added.
  • Sprinkle with paprika for added color.
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Yummy Hummus


I have used a similar recipe for years and have had many people tell me it is better than the local Mediteranean restaurant. I like to serve it in a hollowed out bread bowl with the bread as dippers along with fresh veggies and Pita chips or warm pita bread. If there are leftovers, I have Hummus sandwiches in pita with tomato, chopped onion and a crunchy lettuce.


OMG that looks soooo good! :D

Great basic recipe I like to


Great basic recipe I like to puree it until it is very smooth. Serve with raw veggis, pitas or even fresh tortillas. Try adding roasted red peppers or cayanne pepper for a little flavor boost.

I love Arabic Food!!!

I really love Arabic food, especially easy stuff like Hummus and Falafel!! Yummyy....