How to make it

  • Open up cans of chick/garbanzo beans and place into strainer in kitchen sink. Drain quite well and rinse beans with water. You will not be needing to reserve liquid that the beans came in.
  • Place beans into processor.
  • Open can of tahini paste, you may need to stir it up since the sesame paste may have settled away from the oil. Since it's quite thick, do this slowly to avoid spilling precious sesame oil out of can. (As I have done numerous times! - lol)
  • Add all ingredients except for paprika and olive oil.
  • Whirl up that food processor of yours, pulse to start. You will want a medium-fine texture which will take about 5-10 minutes or more depending upon the strength of your processor.
  • By adding equal parts water and additional vegetable oil, it will aid in creating a smoother texture. It should be the thickness of easily spread icing. Sorry I couldn't come up with any other analogy.
  • Taste the results- does it need more salt, more cumin? Then add some more.
  • Place into container that will have a tight lid. Prior to topping with lid, pour olive oil, enough to cover top of hummus to keep it moist and sprinkle paprika on top of hummus until ready to serve.
  • Prior to serving, grab that grill pan you have, rub a little olive oil onto the pita bread - both sides, and place on the hot grill pan (your gas grill works great too, moving it once then flipping it so that grill marks appear on the pita bread. Then while still warm cut pita bread into triangles.
  • To serve, stir up hummus and place in shallow bowl with spoon/butter knife for people to help themselves.
  • Sprinkle Hummus with a little more extra virgin olive oil and paprika.
  • Place grilled pita bread triangles around shallow bowl and serve it up.
  • Enjoy the oohs, aahs and many compliments on your authentic hummus !

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    " It was excellent "
    jgnat ate it and said...
    I love, love, love this recipe. I made fresh this morning and the taste does not compare to commercial. I blended my own tahini paste from toasted sesame seeds I picked up last night, and the chickpeas were reconstituted overnight from dry, and simmered in vegetable broth and celery. I replaced the paprika with smoked paprika to excite the tastebuds of my Hungarian husband.
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    " It was excellent "
    cinminroz ate it and said...
    This was great! It passed my taste test - we'll see if it passes the family's taste buds. Thanks so much!
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    " It was excellent "
    hollyeats ate it and said...
    Very nice indeed. I used freshly-ground cumin the 2nd time around and it was even better. The zest adds a nice tang and keeps it from being too heavy-tasting. A 5!
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    " It was excellent "
    catwomen ate it and said...
    so easy to make and the cumin and lemon zesk really makes a difference from the other I have tried. Thanks
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  • ayngelwing 8 years ago
    oh, my! this looks soooo good! can't wait to try it! Thank you!
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  • fuzzyprint 9 years ago
    Excellent recipe. I think the lemon zest makes it VERY special.
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  • mao65 10 years ago
    This is a great recipe. I love chick peas any way shape or form and this is one of my favorite ways to have them. My granddaughter and I have been known to eat them as snacks right out of the can!(we put them in a bowl, of course.) Thanks for the post.
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  • divaliscious 10 years ago
    Thanks Henrie! - And it is sooo much better than anything you can get in the store - I assure you!
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    " It was excellent "
    henrie ate it and said...
    I have bought hummus and we love it, never made it myself but now I have no reason not too since I saved your great post. Thanks for sharing.
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    " It was excellent "
    invisiblechef ate it and said...
    I love hummus myself and my son who is ten loves to take it to school with him with pita's, it's a great quick lunch. I think this version will be one we make on a weekend though. Great post!!
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  • luvthewho 11 years ago
    I love hummus, and my teenage son does too. We are the only two in the house who truly appreciate this dish. We will be trying your recipe soon.
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  • peetabear 11 years ago
    my niece has just discovered hummus ( first year of college) so this will be great to make when she's home..
    store in refrigerator??
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  • divaliscious 11 years ago
    Additional ingredients and alterations can be adding chopped up sun-dried tomatoes that have been marinating in olive oil for "sun-dried tomato hummus", add freshly chopped cilantro for added kick and color.
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