Hummus is a popular Middle Eastern dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas or other beans, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and garlic.

– 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed – 1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste) – 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)


– 1 small garlic clove, minced – 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving – 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin – Salt, to taste


– 2 to 3 tablespoons water – Optional garnishes: chopped fresh parsley, paprika, toasted pine nuts, or additional olive oil


In a food processor, combine the drained chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, minced garlic, olive oil, cumin, and a pinch of salt.

Process the mixture until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. If the mixture is too thick, add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency.

Taste the hummus and adjust the seasoning, adding more salt or lemon juice if needed.

Transfer the hummus to a serving dish and drizzle with a little extra olive oil. If desired, sprinkle with garnishes such as chopped parsley, paprika, or toasted pine nuts.

Serve the hummus with pita bread, crackers, raw vegetables, or use it as a spread in sandwiches or wraps.

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