Hummus bi tahini is a common Middle Eastern dish. It is considered a staple food for the Palestinians. It is also a part of everyday cooking in Israel. The perfect compliment for this dish is bread and olive oil. Hummus is a healthy dish of pureed chickpeas, mix with a variety of spices, oils and lemon juice. The chickpea is over 7,500 years old. One of the oldest cultivated vegetables, it is also commonly called garbanzo beans. They are a legume that contain a large amount of protein and beneficial amount of zinc, calcium and folate. This is a great reason that Hummus is a choice of so many vegetarians.

Hummus Bi Tahini

Hummus Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups of chickpeas dried
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon of sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of sesame tahini
  • Freshly squeeze juice of 3 large lemons
  • Chopped parsley for garnish
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Olive oil and pita bread for dipping


  1. Cook the chickpeas according to the directions on the package.
  2. Drain the chickpeas, then rinse them off.
  3. Mash the garlic and slat together, then add to the chickpeas.
  4. Place the mixture into a blender to puree. A food processor can be used if a blender is not available.
  5. Mix in the cumin, the sesame oil, 1/3 cup of olive oil and the sesame tahini. Blend the ingredients together.
  6. Slowly add in the lemon juice. Add to personal taste on the lemon juice.
  7. Blend the hummus to a fine, yet smooth paste like mixture. If the texture is too thick, add in a tad of water. Add it in, small amounts at a time to be careful not to add too much.
  8. Place the hummus bi tahini in a shallow serving dish and garnish with the parley and cayenne pepper to taste. It can also be garnished with whole chickpeas.
  9. Serve with pita bread and olive oil in separate plates for dipping.


Add in small amount of baking soda to the chickpeas to soften them up. For faster preparation, substitute the dry chickpeas with 2 15-ounce canned prepared version. Of course, the dry cooked ones taste better and depending on preparation can provide more nutrients. Sesame tahini can be difficult to find in some areas. Try a health food store. Use as much or as less lemon juice for personal taste and preference. Paprika can be used in substitution of the cayenne pepper for more subtle Hummus bi tahini. However, many people like to eat this dish with the hot pepper.