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Israelie Hummus | World Kitchen

Hummus is a high protein, healthy snack in the US. But in other parts of the world, it's a full on meal. 
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine Israelie
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 cup dried chickpeas, or one can of chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • Juice from 1 lemon, seeds removed
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 6-7 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • Parsley for garnish


Cook the Chickpeas

  • If using dried chickpeas, soak the chickpeas in water overnight. Make sure you use enough water to cover the chickpeas entirely and there is enough room for the chickpeas to expand. The next day, rinse the chickpeas, place in a large pot with water covering the peas, place on high heat and bring to a boil. Skim any foam that forms off the top and discard. Once a rolling boil is achieved, turn down the heat, and let the chickpeas simmer for 1-1.5 hours until the chickpeas are plump and soft...able to be squashed with a spoon easily. Be sure to add water to the pot as needed throughout the cooking process.
  • You can also speed up cook time by cooking your chickpeas in a pressure cooker such as an Instant Pot. 
  • If using canned, rinse them off to remove excess sodium and boil for approximately 30 minutes to make them softer.

Make the Hummus

  • Separate two spoonfuls of chickpeas. Add the garlic and smash into a paste for about 10-15 seconds. Gather the garlic to one side of the bowl.
  • Add the rest of the chickpeas to the bowl with the garlic and pulverize using your tool of choice.
  • Add the tahini and blend. Add the lemon juice and olive oil and blend. Add salt and pepper to taste and blend for about 10-12 seconds.
  • Now, add the water and blend until very smooth.
  • You should taste the hummus and adjust the ingredients according to your own preferences. For thinner hummus add more water. For a more tart flavor add more lemon juice etc.


  • Spoon large servings of hummus into a bowl or onto a plate. Add extra chickpeas (which you separated) to each plate. Top with a bit of olive oil and parsley flakes.
  • You can also top your hummus with shwarma chicken or beef to make it a more substantial meal.
  • Serve with pita, pickled vegetables, and onion slices.
Keyword hummus