This traditional Middle Eastern chickpea spread is a delicious addition to any meal. This easy and simple recipe is guaranteed to be a hit at your dinner table. This hummus can also be an amazing breakfast with homemade falafel and pita bread.

INGREDIENTS: (for two medium dishes with chickpea topping)


  • 1 and 1/2 cans of chickpeas (pealed) or 2 1/2 cups of cooked and pealed chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup of tahini 
  • 1/4 cup of good quality olive oil 
  • 2 cloves of garlic 
  • 4 ice cubes 
  • 2 tbs lemon juice 
  • sea salt (to taste)
  • ground black pepper (to taste)

Chickpea topping:

  • 1/2 of cooked chickpeas 
  • 1 clove of garlic 
  • 1 tsp cumin powder 
  • 1 tsp Turkish chili flakes (pul biber) or Aleppo chili flakes
  • a squeeze of lemon juice 
  • 1 tsp tahini

Garnish (optional):

  • Za'atar 
  • paprika
  • extra virgin olive oil 
  • parsley


  1. In a food processor, add chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, ice cubes, olive oil, salt and pepper. Blend until nice and smooth and adjust the seasoning to your liking.
  2. In a pan on medium heat, add olive oil and fry minced garlic with cumin and chili flakes until nice and fragrant.
  3. Add whole chickpeas to the pan, lemon juice and a splash of water.
  4. Cook for 3 minutes on medium high, until the water has evaporated. Then add tahini.
  5. Serve hummus in bowl or on a platter with chickpea toping and garnishes of your choice. 
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