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Israeli Hummus (Pareve)

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Hummus - Chickpea Spread

Hummus - Chickpea Spread

Giora Shimoni
Hummus, made from garbanzo beans (a.k.a. chickpeas), is served as an appetizer, side dish or main course in Israel. Today grocery stores in Israel sell a variety of Hummus spreads (with pine nuts, with olive oil and paprika, with zaatar, with tahina...). Hummus tastes best when scooped up by a piece of warm Pita bread.


  • 1 3/4 cups dry chick peas
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/3 cup tahina paste (ground sesame seeds)
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • olive oil
  • fresh parsley


1. Put water, soda and beans in a large pot. Soak overnight.
2. Cover the pot, bring to a boil, simmer for 45 minutes or until the beans are soft.
3. Drain. Reserve a bit of the cooking liquid. Reserve a few whole beans.
4. Put the beans, garlic, salt, pepper, paprika, tahina paste and lemon juice in a food processor. Grind until smooth. If the hummus is too thick and dry, add a bit of the cooking liquid.
5. Put hummus in a closed food container, and refrigerate.


Spoon the hummus on a plate and make a shallow well in the center. Put a little olive oil and the reserved whole chick peas in the well. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley and paprika. Serve with warm pita bread.
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 4 out of 5
Creamier Hummus, Member sunshine1960

If you blend the lemon juice (and water if using some) with the tahinni first to make a thin cream and then add the chickpeas and garlic it will produce a much creamier hummus. Add the chickpeas by handful, not all at once. I too use canned chickpeas but I do rince them well before using in case they have a hint of ""tin can"" taste to them. Great with a bit of tabouleh!!

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