Try This Israeli-Style Hummus Recipe for a Healthy Snack

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Once you make this easy homemade hummus recipe, you won’t go back to the store-bought brands in Westchester.

For something so simple, a lot of the best hummus recipes are surprisingly time-consuming (who wants to peel a can of chickpeas?). This recipe will give you ultra-smooth and creamy hummus without jumping through a bunch of complicated hoops. Use the best quality tahini here (it makes a difference) and serve plain or with a host of different toppings.

Israeli-Style Hummus

Makes about one quart


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½ cup fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, peeled
¾ cup tahini (stir before measuring)
2 (15-oz) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
¼ tsp ground cumin


In a food processor, combine lemon juice, garlic, and a pinch of salt, and process until the garlic is finely minced. Steep mixture for 5 minutes.

Add tahini and ¼ cup of water. Process for 1-3 minutes, until everything comes together and the texture looks like very thick buttercream. (Note: At first, it will seize and clump; just keep processing.)

Add chickpeas and cumin and process for a full 5-7 minutes, scraping down the sides halfway through. Add water, a couple tablespoons at a time, to loosen the mixture as needed.

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Season with salt and more lemon juice to taste. To get a looser texture, add water, one tablespoon at a time, processing thoroughly after each addition.


Although toppings aren’t a necessity, it never hurts to add more flavor to your dip. Here are a few options.

  • Roasted red peppers, smoked paprika, and fresh mint make for an intriguing pop of color atop your hummus.
  • Have extra chickpeas? Fry them up and toss them on top with chopped parsley and hot smoked Spanish paprika.
  • For those who believe less is more, top your hummus with a handful of fresh chopped green onions, chives, or rosemary.


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