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Classic Hummus Recipe with Dried Chickpeas

Recipe for a Homemade Hummus from scratch, made with dried chickpeas.
serves 2-4
Course: Appetizer, Snacks
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: hummus, mediterranean, ottolenghi


  • cups dried chickpeas
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • cups water for cooking chickpeas
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons light tahini paste
  • 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 6-8 tablespoons ice cold water
  • salt
  • garnishes: olive oil, whole chickpeas, and chopped parsley


  • The night before, put the chickpeas in a large bowl and cover them with cold clean, filtered water at least twice their volume. Leave to soak overnight.
  • The next day, drain the chickpeas. Place a medium saucepan over high heat and add the drained chickpeas and baking soda. Cook for about three minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Add water and bring to a boil. Cook, skimming off any foam and any skins that float to the surface. The chickpeas will need to cook for 20 to 40 minutes, depending on the type of chickpeas and freshness, sometimes even longer. Once done, they should be very tender, breaking up easily when pressed between your thumb and finger, almost but not quite mushy.
  • Drain the chickpeas. You should have roughly 3 ⅔ cups now.
  • Optional step: Peel the chickpeas of their thin skins either by gently squeezing each chickpea between your finger until the chickpea slips or pops out of the skin, or by pouring the chickpeas onto a clean dry kitchen towel or paper towel and rubbing them with another towel or paper towel to remove the skins.
  • Place the chickpeas in a food processor and process until you get a stiff mixture. Then, with the machine sill running, add the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and 1½ teaspoons salt. Finally, slowly drizzle in the ice water and allow it to mix for about five minutes, until you get a very smooth and creamy paste.
  • Transfer the hummus to a bowl, cover the surface with plastic wrap, and let it rest for at least 30 minutes. If not using straightaway, refrigerate until needed. Make sure to take it out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before serving.
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