Classic Hummus

There are so many varieties of hummus but somehow, there is some comfort in classic, original hummus. Though making this recipe from scratch by soaking and boiling garbanzo beans will give you the authentic flavor, this method will definitely save you some time…and who doesn’t want to save time these days?

Garbanzo Beans – 1, 15 oz can, drained and rinsed
Garlic – 2 cloves, crushed
Tahini (Sesame Seed Paste) – 2 Tbsp (or more to taste)
Salt – 1/4 tsp or to taste
Lemon Juice – 2 Tbsp
Water – 1/4 cup
Olive Oil – 2 Tbsp

1. Add Garbanzo Beans, Garlic, Tahini, Salt to a food processor or blender.
2. Once roughly ground, add water, lemon juice and olive oil.
3. Blend into a smooth paste, pushing down the sides in the food processor.
4. To serve, spread on a platter and drizzle olive oil, sprinkle chopped parsley and roasted pine nuts.

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51 thoughts on “Classic Hummus

    1. Hi there,

      Couple of ways to make it spicy (we do it all the time;) )
      1. Add some red chilli flakes
      2. Add some red chilli powder
      3. Add some green chillies to the food processor, along with the Chickpeas and blend it.

      Happy Cooking!

  1. Hi Hetal & Anuja,

    My experience of making Hummus at home has been horrible..please tell me if i am using chickpeas from home.. do i need to boil it?? soak it??? or just rinse and grind??? because the last time i tried blending all the ingredients they just refused to combine and i had chunks of Chickpeas ( i did boil and rinse them before blending). please advise. ..

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Sonali,

      The best way to cook chick peas is to soak them for about 6-8 hours (or overnight if you have the time). Pressure cook them for about 2 whistles and then reduce the stove to a simmer and let it cook for an additional 45 mins. The chickpeas will be slightly cracked when you open the cooker and they will be very soft for the grinding.

  2. Hi Hetal and Anuja

    Hummus is one of my favourite dish. Would like to know instead of garlic can we use anything else, as we dont eat garlic. I know garlic gives really gr8 taste in Hummus.


    1. Hi Chetna,

      There is no good substitute for garlic but you could add some other flavoring like Jalapeno or Roasted Red Bell Pepper or Sun-dried tomatoes.

      1. HAPPY NEW YEAR……..

        Thank you Hetal.

        I have heard from someone that asofedia (hing) is also one of the substitute like instead of adding garlic we can add hing, is it right and how would it taste, i am not exactly sure abt this….. Your advise on the same will be highly appreciated.

        1. Happy New Year to you too Chetna! Some people do say that (I know Jains use hing as a substitute for garlic) but in my opinion, they taste nothing alike. Again, its only my opinion. I have never tried hing in hummus but that’s not to say that it won’t taste good. Also, hing is usually added to hot oil to get rid of the raw pungent taste. You would be adding it raw here. I would take out a small portion of hummus and add just a bit of hing to see if you like it before adding it to the whole batch. Good luck!

  3. Hi Hetal and Anuja, Greate job and greate site to learn how to make teasty food at home after making khamani I became your big fan and I sent your web site to so many friends. Thanks a lot for all your hard work. -Sona

  4. Thank you for this great recipe. Would you consider adding some more Greek food videos like for Gyro,pita bread etc. Just to continue on the Greek food theme..

  5. Hi Ladies,

    Am planning on buying a food processor,and urs looks very nice,can u pls advise,which brand is urs and in general how many cup food processor to buy,and also where did u buy it from,

    Thx in advance

    1. Hi Shilpa,
      I have a Black and Decker Power Pro II. It’s a mid range one and it’s been going strong for the last 10 years 🙂
      You can get it from Kohl’s or Bed Bath and Beyond.

  6. Hi Hetal, Anuja

    Thanks for this wonderful hummus recipe. Can you please give us ideas on how to make some flavored ones like cilantro hummus or roasted red pepper hummus, any idea would be great ! Thanks .

    1. Hi Surya,

      You can add your ingredients of choice at the time of grinding. Suggestions: Jalapenos, Roasted Peppers, Additional Garlic, Cilantro, Sun dried Tomatoes.

  7. hie hetal and anuja..

    i m glued to ur site alwys wen i m hungry and thinking what to cook..:)

    i just had a question..can i add sour cream or low fat curds to make the consistency easy for my falafel filling.??

    Wish u both the best and keep up with ur good work.


  8. Hi:

    Thanks for the recipe and video. I can’t wait to make my own homemade hummus it definitely will be better than the store bought kind I always buy.

  9. Hi Anjua and Hetal this is an wonderful, tasty and easy receipe. Can i blend everything in a mixer. I dont have food processor at home. Thanks.

    1. Hi Vilma,

      Yes, you can use a blender. You may have to use additional water to get everything moving. That is the big benefit of using a food processor…no liquid required.

  10. hi hetal and anuja
    u r really doing wonderful job.
    Can u let me know how to make tahini(seseme paste)
    at home.
    many thanks

    1. Hi Sadia,

      You can make Tahini at home by toasting sesame seeds on a baking tray in the oven until golden (do not brown). Cool them and grind them into a paste in a blender with a little oil (enough to get the seeds to grind). The biggest difference from the store bought tahini is that homemade tahini is made with sesame seeds that are not hulled (peeled). The texture will be a little different, but the taste will still be great.

    1. We haven’t tried many different brands of Tahini so we don’t have much to compare. We just pick up a bottle from our local Indian grocery store.

  11. Yum! I love this basic hummus recipe. I have also made roasted red pepper & garlic hummus (to DIE for!). =) Keep these amazing videos and recipes coming!

    1. I always use fresh ones. Just soak them overnight and then boil them in a pressure cooker(this just helps save time and fuel) till they are soft and then continue with the recipe.

    2. Yes, you can definitely use dry garbanzo beans. You would need to soak them for at least 6-8 hours and then boil or pressure cook them with a little salt.

  12. Get more Healthy , try Pumpkin Hummus

    1 can chickpea
    1/2 cup 1% Yogurt
    1/2 can pumpkin
    1tsp Tahini ( optional)

    Blend all ingredients and serve with whole wheat crackers and/ or veggies carrots bell peppers.


  13. For garnishing, red paprika can also be sprinkled on top. I’m not sure about the pine nuts though, at least I never had it that way.

  14. Oh my gosh, thanks Hetal and Anuja! You’re so sweet. Delighted that you like the hummus recipe, and a terrific service you are doing showing people via video how to make it.

    1. Hi Elise,

      Thank you so much for the recipe. Let us know if you would like us to feature any of your other wonderful recipes, we would be delighted to do so.

      1. dear hetal & anuja…
        thx a lot 4 this great website, i really enjoyed it a lot, planing to try many recepies, specially that i love india, i went many years ago with my parents,spending about 8 mon., i have a very wounderfull memoreis…
        i just wanted to say that the hummos is a palestinian dish,since i’m palestinian, it’s great 4 anytime of the day,even my husbend enjoy making a dish of hummos 4 the breakfast.
        a also wanted to ask about something i aeted in india,it’s like the chippes,but with diffrent colours,ahhh u can’t imagen how much i wanted to eat this fried thing again.
        again thx a lot
        with my best wishes

        1. Hi Aya,

          So glad you’re enjoying SMTC. The fried things you ate are available at Indian grocery stores. Sometimes, they are called “Far Far”. They are made from sago and are dried. You have to deep fry them in oil at home.

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