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platter of creamy ottolenghi hummus surrounded by carrots, pickles, onions, pita, and cherry tomatoes with fresh herbs

Authentic Hummus

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  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Make your own hummus the easy way, with pantry staples! This delicious, high protein recipe is a perfect vegan and gluten-free addition to so many meals and snacks. Inspired by my travels and the Yotam Ottolenghi "Jerusalem: A Cookbook," this Israeli-style hummus recipe will be your new favorite. Dried and canned chickpea options included as well!


  • 3/4 cup dry chickpeas (Sub with 1 and 1/2 cups canned if not cooking from dry)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda (Omit if using canned beans)
  • 3 and 1/4 cups water (Omit if using canned beans)
  • 1/2 cup tahini (Fresh, runny tahini is best)
  • 3 TBS freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3-6 TBS ice water (Depending on how runny your tahini is)
  • Salt
  • For serving: fresh pita, lavash bread, carrots, celery, pickles, onion, olive oil drizzle


Start here if using dried chickpeas

  1. The evening before you plan to have the hummus, soak the chickpeas in a large pot of water overnight. The water should be double the volume of the beans (they will expand a great deal as they absorb liquid).
  2. The next day, drain chick peas in a strainer. Add them to a medium pot over high heat. Add the baking soda and stir constantly for three minutes. They may foam slightly, and that's OK!Add water and bring to a boil. Cook for roughly 30 minutes, skimming the top of the mixture periodically for residue. Check garbanzos at the 20 minute mark. Total cooking time will depend on the freshness of your beans. When finished they will be very tender and delicate but not mushy. You should have around 3 cups. Continue to next step.

Start here if using canned chickpeas

  1. Drain the chickpeas. Blend the beans in a food processor for about a minute. While motor is running, add in all remaining ingredients. After water is added, let processor run for 5 minutes (this sounds long but trust me). This will yield the most pillowy and smooth hummus. Place hummus in the fridge and let rest for 30 minutes before serving. Once ready, let come to room temperature, drizzling with more tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, and fresh parsley.


Recipe from: "Jerusalem: A Cookbook" by Yotam Ottolengi and Sami Tamimi.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean


  • Serving Size: One sixth of recipe
  • Calories: 176 calories
  • Sugar: 2.1 grams
  • Sodium: 103.9 milligrams
  • Fat: 11.8 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 1.6 grams
  • Unsaturated Fat: 10.2 grams
  • Trans Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 13.8 grams
  • Fiber: 4.3 grams
  • Protein: 6.2 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0 milligrams