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DIY hummus


Always a fan of hummus, for years it was the tahini that kept me from making my own. When I googled hummus recipes on the internet, my first response was: what the hell is tahini?  My second question: where the hell do you buy it?  By chance, I was shopping for peanut butter a few weeks ago and found jars of the stuff at New Seasons (a local version of Whole Foods) between the peanut and almond butters.  Since then I’ve been whipping up my own super-customizable hummus, which saves me lots of $$ in the long run. Feel free to make it your own by adding extra garlic, roasted red peppers or greek olives.

DIY Hummus


  • 1 can of chickpeas/garbanzo beans (they’re the same thing)
  • 1/2 fresh lemon
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons good olive oil
  • handful of fresh parsley (optional)
  • pinch of paprika

1. Drain chickpeas and set juice aside.

2. Pour chickpeas into a food processor and add lemon, tahini, garlic and olive oil.

3. Blend on low and slowly add the reserved juice from the chickpea can to the rest of the mixture. Once it reaches a smooth consistency that can be blended easily, stop adding liquid and blend for about 5 minutes until mixture is very, very smooth.

4. Pour hummus into a bowl and garnish with fresh parsley and paprika.  Serve with whole wheat pita bread or fresh veggies (i.e. carrots, celery).


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5 Responses

  1. swetha says:

    this dish looks different.. i hope its yummy!

  2. YUM* I just read an food article where they scooped fresh red radishes & filled them with humus…they look so pretty & fab for parties. XO*

  3. My advice: next time use MUCH more tahini, say a 1/3 cup. This is how hummus is really made.

  4. It may be just a matter of personal preference, but *real* hummus is made with a lot of tahini. Of course, it’s also important to use the right tahini.

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