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Hummus in a bowl with sprouts on top and vegetables and pita around the side.
Prep Time
10 mins
Cooking Dried Chickpeas
40 mins
Total Time
10 mins
Hummus is a very easy recipe, especially if you have a food processor. You can make it from canned chickpeas, but why not try cooking dried chickpeas and making hummus from scratch. It's well worth it!
Course: Side Dishes, Appetizers/Snacks
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: Vegetarian, Vegan, Great Snacks
Servings: 8 About 3 cups
Calories: 302 kcal
Author: The Blue Jean Chef, Meredith Laurence
  • 1 cup dried chickpeas
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • OR
  • 30 ounces canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed well (about 3 cups)
  • 1 cup tahini sesame paste
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice about 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • teaspoons salt
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • extra virgin olive oil (for serving)
  • chopped fresh parsley and sweet paprika (for serving)
  • radish sprouts and pea shoots optional
  1. If you are using dried chickpeas, soak the chickpeas overnight or for 8 hours in cold water. Place the chickpeas, baking soda and 6 cups of water in a saucepot and bring to a boil. Skim off any foam that rises to the surface and simmer the chickpeas until you can squish them between your fingers. This will take as little as 20 minutes or as long as 40 depending on the age of the chickpeas and how long they soaked. Drain the chickpeas and set aside.
  2. If you are using canned chickpeas, rinse the chickpeas well with warm water and set aside. Most canned chickpeas are already salted, so be aware of this as you add salt in the next step.
  3. Start with the food processor running and drop in the garlic cloves. Add the chickpeas and process the chickpeas until they form a paste. Then, with the food processor still running, drizzle in the tahini, lemon juice and salt and continue to process. Drizzle in the olive oil and then add as much cold water as you need to get the texture you want and process for 5 minutes until smooth.
  4. Taste the hummus and season again to taste, adding more lemon juice or salt. Cover the hummus with plastic wrap, pressed right down on the surface of the hummus and set aside or refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.
  5. When you’re ready to serve, swirl the hummus attractively in a bowl, drizzle the extra virgin olive oil on top and sprinkle with the fresh parsley and paprika, along with some pea shoots or radish sprouts for garnish. Serve with pita triangles or cut up vegetables.

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Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 302 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 589mg25%
Potassium 364mg10%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 5.4mg7%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.