Posted by: Cooking Thyme | January 9, 2011

Hummus Bi Tahini

Hummus bi Tahini

A savoury dip made from cooked, mashed chickpeas, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic, that makes a meal in itself. It is a popular snack throughout the Middle East.

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight Ingredients
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • ¾ cup of tahini (sesame paste)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 Tsp sweet paprika
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley, garnish
  • salt

Bring a large pan of water to a boil and add the drained chickpeas. Boil for 10 minutes, reduce the heat and simmer for 1 ½ hours, until chickpeas are very soft.

Using a food processor, puree the chickpeas, with the lemon juice, tahini, garlic, and salt to taste, while doing so, add some of the olive oil, you can add a little of the paprika in the mixture, to give it that extra kick. The result should be a smooth paste.

Taste to check the balance of lemon and salt. Drizzle with good extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice and garnish with parsley and paprika.

garnish and serve

Did you know!

In May 2010, the Guinness World Record for the largest dish of hummus in the world was in Lebanon. The winning dish, cooked by 300 cooks, weighed 10,452 kg (22,994 lbs,). According to local media, the recipe included 8 tons of boiled chickpeas, 2 tons of tahini, 2 tons of lemon juice and 70 kg of olive oil.


  1. Once I run out hummus I got from the supermarket, I will try this recipe, looks yummy!!!

    • Well I hope you finish them soon, because once you try making it yourself, you will never go back to that horrible stuff. Canned and preserved foods are not healthy and have hardly any nutrients.

      There is nothing better than a fresh homemade dish. Let me know how it turns out

  2. Yummy! I need to buy some pita bread now to enjoy your recipe

    • Ohh yeah with some pita bread you will make everyone around the table happy.

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