Chickpea hummus

The hummus is a typical sauce of the Middle East, made of crushed chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic and tahini, a sesame seed cream. This spread is served as an appetizer and very widespread throughout the Middle East.
hummus di ceci

Hummus is an Arabic word meaning chickpeas; the full name of this dish is ḥummuṣ bi ṭaḥīna indicating chickpeas with tahini sauce. The tahini is a sauce made of toasted sesame seeds finely ground together with sesame oil to reach a very smooth consistency. Tahini, together with chickpeas are the ingredients that characterizes the flavour of hummus. The first written recipe of hummus appeared in a cookbook published in Cairo in XIIIth century. But certainly this dish has more ancient origins, and according to some studies may even date back to Saladin 🙂 .

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Chickpea hummus

Cuisine Egg free, Gluten free, Lactose free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Difficulty Easy


  • 1 can of precooked chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon of tahini sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon of cumin
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • the juice of 1/2 lemon
  • black pepper
  • nutmeg
  • chilli pepper


  1. Heat in a pan 3 tablespoons of olive oil and saute the garlic for a moment.
  2. Add the chickpeas and the spices, let cook for few minutes over low heat.
  3. Remove the mixture from heat and pour into a food processor. Add the water.
  4. Mince the chickpeas very finely, adding some olive oil until you reach a creamy consistency.
  5. Serve warm garnished with a few leaves of parsley.

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