I got this recipe from an old coworker (Thanks Ziad!). It’s a classic recipe and never fails to appease the crowds.  You can eat hummus on its own (with some pita or naan), on sandwiches, with falafel, or some fresh veggies.


  • 2 cans of garbanzo beans
  • 3 Tbsp Tahini sauce (Berkeley Bowl, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s all sell it)
  • lemon juice / or lime juice
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • paprika
  • cilantro (optional)


  1. Drain the water from the cans and rinse with cold water
  2. Boil the beans until they are well cooked and soft/mushy (you can scoop out the shells that fall off- or just leave them in)
  3. Drain the beans, save the stock for later use. Save a few whole beans for garnish later.
  4. Add the garlic cloves to the food processor and pulse until finely chopped
  5. Add beans to food processor, squeeze one lemon in, add 3tbsp tahini sauce, add 3tbsp of stock from boiling beans, add pinch of salt.
  6. Blend until smooth. If it is not smooth, add more stock. Add more lemon, stock, salt as necessary. Add more tahini to make more white in color.
  7. Scoop hummus out into a serving tray and garnish with sprigs of cilantro, the reserved beans, sprinkle with paprika and generously drizzle olive oil.
  8. Enjoy the hummus!





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