Homemade hummus with pita bread
Homemade hummus with pita bread

This is proof that you don’t need much to turn out a brilliant finger licking entree. 3 basic ingredients and a simple mixer (food processor) is all this needs.

My introduction to hummus was courtesy a friend who loved mediterranean food. It was one rainy Sunday when we were sitting on wicker chairs with blue upholstery, within a really delicately designed sparkling white restaurant when this appetiser arrives. Tucked into the dip were crispy lavash. Chickpeas delicately rested on the fine edge of the hummus. Slit green chillies, paprika and lemon juice glistened against a well of olive oil. It seemed to pretty to destroy, and yet I had no control over my fingers. They dug into the hummus spoon after spoon…

Freshly made Hummus served with fresh herbs and pomegranate pearls
Freshly made Hummus served with fresh herbs and pomegranate pearls

I finally went down to the chef and got the recipe…this dates to some time in December 1990. Today my refrigerator always has freshly made hummus, flavoured to my fancy—rosemary, burnt garlic, grilled red bell pepper, parsley, pepper.. you name it and if it’s a good enough combination, I’ve made it.

What I present here is the basic recipe for a simple hummus. If you’re on a diet, it’s a must have. Clean calories and loaded with Vitamin B, Magnesium and Fibre.

Time taken: 24 hours

Prep time: Overnight (for the soaking of the chickpeas)

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4

Skill Level: Basic 


  • 250 grams of chickpeas, soaked overnight in water.
  • 25 grams of white sesame seeds
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 5-6 garlic pods


1. Boil the soaked chickpeas and de-skin them. This ensures your hummus has a smooth texture. Save a couple of chickpeas aside.

2. Next grind the chickpeas with the sesame seeds, (if you have tahini use that instead of sesame seeds. For 250 grams of chickpeas you would need about 2 tablespoons of tahini), garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Use the water that was used to boil the chickpeas to bring your hummus to the right consistency.

Coarsely ground chicken peas (with the skin) with grilled pita
Coarsely ground chicken peas (with the skin) with grilled pita

3. Then start adding the olive oil, while the food processor is still on to give your hummus that creamy consistency.

4. Dress the hummus with paprika, chopped green chilli, lemon juice and finally drizzle olive oil all over before serving it with grilled pita.

Hummus without any dressing
Hummus without any dressing







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