Friday, April 24, 2009

Hummus bi Tehina

The most frequent request I receive from friends and family is about my hummus recipe. I don't think it's because my hummus is that much better than anyone else's hummus. I think it's because everyone else doesn't realize how easy it is to make hummus, and make it well.

I actually consider it a crime when someone buys store-bought hummus. Especially if it's some generic Canadian or American brand that doesn't actually taste like hummus, and actually has something crazy in it that has no business being in hummus - like mayo.

On one of our first dates, I took Meredith to an Israeli Mediterranean restaurant where she had her first taste of real Mediterranean salads. Her reaction was something along the lines of, "Why doesn't all hummus taste like this?" To which I responded, "It does. You've just never had real hummus before!"

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Hummus bi Tehina
Hummus with tehina is a middle-Eastern and Mediterranean standard.
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • 1/4 cup tehina
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (1 squeezed lemon)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1. Put garlic in food processor and chop first. Add all remaining ingredients and mix on high.2. If the mixture is too thick, add a little water.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2-3 cups
Recipes by the Haggis and the Herring: tasty world recipes tested in our kitchen


  1. Hi Dan and thanks so much for sharing on the hearth and soul hop again this week. I adore hummus and have been guilty of buying it, but your recipe seems so easy that I will certainly give it a try, in fact, I WILL try it this week on the I tried it at a moderate life on friday so stop by and see! I will make it, then photograph it and link here to your recipe! Thanks again and looking forward to tasting it! Alex@amoderatelife

  2. It is so easy to make. And there are so many variations as well.

    I've made variations adding extra flavours (roasted peppers, different spices), or swapping out chickpeas (I've made it with fava beans and chickpeas, and with kidney beans).

    It's such a versatile recipe and always works out.

    You'll never go back to the "fake" stuff. The real stuff is good too, but it's just plain expensive.

  3. You will not believe it but I have never eaten hummus let alone tried to make it. It is one of those things that I keep running into on the Net and I have put it on my to-do list. Thanks for what looks like a great recipe.

  4. I'm guilty of buying it too Dan. I guess I never realized how easy it was to make! I'm sure it's way way better than that store bought stuff. I'll have to try this, thanks!

  5. Mine is pretty close to your recipe...just seeing your tray makes me wish I had the whole thing to monch on today ;)


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