Heavenly Hummus: A Creamy Chickpea Classic


Embark on a delectable journey with Heavenly Hummus, the quintessential Middle Eastern spread that has conquered palates worldwide. This creamy, smooth concoction is made from tender chickpeas, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon, and garlic, resulting in a dip that is both rich in flavor and velvety in texture. Hummus is not just a dip; it's a versatile culinary staple that enhances any meal, be it as a spread, a side, or a snack.

Heavenly Hummus: A Creamy Chickpea Classic

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes (plus overnight soaking for chickpeas)
  • Cooking Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 70 minutes (plus soaking time)

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6 people
  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 150 kcal
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14 g
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Sodium: 200 mg
  • Fiber: 4 g


  • Dried chickpeas, soaked overnight: 250 grams (8.8 ounces / 0.55 pounds)
  • Tahini (sesame paste): 60 grams (2.1 ounces / 0.13 pounds)
  • Lemon juice: 30 ml (1 ounce / 0.066 pounds)
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 10 grams (0.35 ounces / 0.022 pounds)
  • Olive oil: 30 ml (1 ounce / 0.066 pounds)
  • Salt: 5 grams (0.18 ounces / 0.01 pounds)
  • Ground cumin: 2 grams (0.07 ounces / 0.004 pounds)
  • Water (as needed)
  • Paprika and extra olive oil for garnish

Detailed Method of Preparation

  • Cooking Chickpeas: Drain soaked chickpeas, cover with water, and simmer until very tender (about 1 hour).
  • Blending Hummus: In a food processor, blend cooked chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, cumin, and salt until smooth. Add water as needed for desired consistency.
  • Serving: Transfer to a serving dish. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • For an ultra-smooth texture, peel the chickpeas before blending.
  • Adjust the amount of lemon juice and garlic to suit your taste.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use canned chickpeas for hummus?

Yes, canned chickpeas are a convenient alternative, though soaking and cooking dried chickpeas can result in a better flavor and texture.

How long can hummus be stored?

Homemade hummus can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Can hummus be frozen?

Yes, hummus freezes well. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.