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Israeli Hummus

A popular chickpeas condiment from Israel and the Middle East.
Course Appetizer, Condiment
Cuisine Israel, Middle Eastern
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Soak Time 10 hours
Servings 6
Calories 184kcal


  • ½ cup Dry Chickpeas
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2-3 Cloves of Garlic
  • 3 tablespoon Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice (more for to taste)
  • ½ – ¾ teaspoon Salt (adjust to taste
  • cup Tahini
  • ⅛ – ¼ teaspoon Cumin Powder (I used ⅛ tsp)
  • 2 tablespoon Olive Oil & more for drizzling (I forgot to note down how much I used)


  • Wash chickpeas, soak in water to cover the chickpeas by 2” and add ½ teaspoon of baking soda. Soak overnight or 8-10 hours.
  • Drain and wash chickpeas.
  • Take chickpeas, ½ teaspoon baking soda and water in a saucepan or in a pressure cooker.   Cook until chickpeas are very tender.  In a pressure cook for 6 – 7 whistles let pressure release naturally. In a saucepan it takes 50-60 minutes.
  • Meantime, in a food processor take garlic, lemon juice, salt and process until coarsely pureed. Let sit for 10 minutes. 
  • Strain garlic through a mess pressing on the garlic to extract as much juice as possible. Discard the solids and return the juice to processor bowl.  I skipped extracting the juice and used the garlic as it is.
  • Add tahini to garlic lime juice mixture and process to combine the mixture. Add 2 tbsp. of cold water to get a smooth, thick paste.
  • To the mixture add chickpeas, cumin powder and puree until smooth. Add more water if required.
  • Taste and adjust salt & lime juice to taste. Also add more cumin powder depending on one’s preference.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl, make a shallow well in the center and drizzle oil. 
  • Top with chopped parsley, cumin powder or paprika. I sprinkled some paprika.
  • Serve with pita bread, pita chips or use it as a spread for sandwiches and wraps.


  • I used cumin powder. If using cumin, add it along with garlic and puree.
  • Nutrition - values listed below are approximate. 


Serving: 0.25cups | Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 385mg | Potassium: 221mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg