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Hummus bi Tahina

Hummus bi Tahina Recipe (Middle Eastern chickpea and sesame dip)

(Middle Eastern chickpea and sesame dip)

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Average: 3.9 (25 votes)

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.

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.


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

OMG that looks soooo good! :D

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.