Best Hummus
Best Hummus
5 from 4 votes
Delve into the flavourful experience of homemade hummus. This easy-to-make, nutritious spread is a Middle Eastern classic with a rich history. Master the craft and impress your guests with this delicious treat.
Best Hummus

Hummus, a creamy and flavorful dip originating from the Middle East, has gained immense popularity worldwide for its delicious taste and versatility.

This recipe for the best hummus brings together simple yet essential ingredients to create a smooth and satisfying dip that will elevate any meal or snack time.

Crafted with chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil, this hummus recipe offers a balance of protein, healthy fats, and zesty flavors.

Whether you’re a seasoned cook or just starting your culinary journey, mastering homemade hummus is sure to impress your taste buds and those of your friends and family.

Despite its exotic origins, making hummus at home is surprisingly easy and requires only a few basic steps. With a food processor and a handful of pantry staples, you can whip up a batch of this delectable dip in no time.

Plus, by preparing it yourself, you have full control over the ingredients, ensuring a fresher and healthier alternative to store-bought versions.

Expert Tip: Soaking the chickpeas overnight can help to soften them, making them easier to blend and resulting in a smoother hummus texture.


Chickpeas: These legumes serve as the base of the hummus, providing a creamy texture and nutty flavor. Rich in protein and fiber, chickpeas add substance to the dip, making it satisfying and nutritious.

Tahini: Made from ground sesame seeds, tahini contributes to the smooth consistency of the hummus while imparting a subtle nuttiness. Its creamy texture and earthy taste complement the other ingredients, enhancing the overall flavor profile.

Lemon Juice: The acidity of lemon juice brightens up the hummus, adding a refreshing tanginess that balances the richness of the tahini and olive oil. It also helps to enhance the flavors of the other ingredients, making them more vibrant and harmonious.

Garlic: Minced garlic lends a pungent and aromatic flavor to the hummus, giving it a deliciously savory kick. Its presence adds depth and complexity to the dip, elevating its taste to new heights.

Olive Oil: Extra-virgin olive oil contributes to the creaminess of the hummus while infusing it with a subtle fruity flavor. Rich in monounsaturated fats and antioxidants, olive oil adds a healthy touch to the recipe, making it both indulgent and nutritious.

Salt: A pinch of salt enhances the flavors of the other ingredients, balancing out their taste and intensifying their impact. It helps to bring all the elements of the hummus together, ensuring a well-rounded and satisfying flavor profile.

Paprika, Parsley, and Olive Oil (for serving, optional): These optional garnishes add visual appeal and additional flavor to the hummus, making it even more inviting. A sprinkle of paprika or chopped parsley, along with a drizzle of olive oil, adds a finishing touch that elevates the presentation and taste of the dish.

Expert Tip: Adjust the amount of garlic according to your personal preference. If you prefer a milder garlic flavor, start with one clove and add more to taste.

Serving Suggestions

  • Vegetable Platter: Serve the hummus alongside a colorful assortment of fresh vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, and cherry tomatoes. The crisp and crunchy texture of the vegetables provides a delightful contrast to the creamy hummus, creating a perfect pairing that is both satisfying and nutritious.
  • Pita Bread: Warm up some pita bread and cut it into wedges for dipping into the hummus. The soft and chewy texture of the bread complements the creamy consistency of the hummus, making it a classic and irresistible combination that is sure to please your taste buds.
  • Crackers: Arrange a variety of crackers, such as whole wheat, multigrain, or gluten-free options, alongside the hummus for a simple and convenient snack. The crunchy texture of the crackers adds an enjoyable contrast to the smooth hummus, making it a satisfying choice for any occasion.
  • Sandwich Spread: Use the hummus as a delicious spread for sandwiches and wraps. Spread a generous layer of hummus onto bread or tortillas, then add your favorite fillings such as sliced vegetables, cheese, deli meats, or grilled chicken. The creamy texture and savory flavor of the hummus will take your sandwiches to the next level.
  • Bowl Topping: Enjoy the hummus as a flavorful topping for grain bowls or salads. Spoon a dollop of hummus onto cooked grains such as quinoa or brown rice, then add your favorite toppings such as roasted vegetables, avocado, nuts, and seeds. The creamy hummus adds a burst of flavor and richness to your bowl, making it a satisfying and nourishing meal option.

Expert Tip: For extra flavor, consider adding a pinch of ground cumin or smoked paprika to the hummus mixture before blending.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does homemade hummus last?

Homemade hummus can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4-7 days. Be sure to give it a stir before serving, as the ingredients may separate slightly over time.

Can I freeze homemade hummus?

Yes, homemade hummus can be frozen for up to 3 months. Transfer it to a freezer-safe container, leaving some room for expansion, and thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before serving. Give it a stir before serving to ensure a smooth consistency.

Can I adjust the consistency of the hummus?

Yes, you can adjust the consistency of the hummus by adding more or less water while blending. For a thicker hummus, add less water, and for a thinner hummus, add more water until you reach your desired consistency.

Can I customize the flavor of the hummus?

Absolutely! Feel free to customize the flavor of the hummus by adding additional ingredients such as roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh herbs, or spices like cumin or smoked paprika. Get creative and experiment with different flavor combinations to suit your taste preferences.

Is tahini necessary for making hummus?

Tahini is a key ingredient in traditional hummus recipes, as it contributes to the smooth texture and nutty flavor of the dip. However, if you don’t have tahini on hand or prefer to omit it, you can still make a tasty hummus using alternative ingredients such as Greek yogurt or almond butter. Keep in mind that the flavor and texture may vary slightly depending on the substitution used.

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Best Hummus

Best Hummus

by Nabeela Kauser
Delve into the flavourful experience of homemade hummus. This easy-to-make, nutritious spread is a Middle Eastern classic with a rich history. Master the craft and impress your guests with this delicious treat. 
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Sauces & Dips
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 6
Calories 239 kcal


  • 400 g Chickpeas Drained and rinsed
  • 3 tbsp Tahini
  • 3 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 4 tbsp Olive Oil Extra virgin
  • Salt To taste
  • 2-3 tbsp Water
  • Paprika, Parsley and Olive Oil For serving (optional)


  • In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, minced garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, and salt.
  • Process the ingredients until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • While the food processor is running, gradually add 2-3 tablespoons of water, until the hummus reaches the desired consistency.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  • Transfer the hummus to a serving bowl, and smooth the top with the back of a spoon.
  • (Optional) Drizzle with additional olive oil and sprinkle with paprika or parsley before serving.
  • Serve with vegetables, pita bread, crackers, or as a dip for your favourite foods.


Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 239kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 7gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 8mgPotassium: 240mgFibre: 5gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 24IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Chickpeas, Dips, Food, Party Food, Recipe
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