Hummus is an Arabic word meaning "chickpeas," the complete name of the preparation in Arabic is Hummus bi tahina, which means "chickpeas with tahini". other spellings are hummous, hommos, humos, hommus and hoummos. History Many sources describe hummus as an ancient food, or connect it to famous historical figures such as Saladin. Indeed, its basic ingredients—chickpeas, sesame, lemon, and garlic—have been eaten in the region for millennia. But in fact, there is no specific evidence for this purported ancient history of hummus bi tahina. Though chickpeas were widely eaten in the region, and they were often cooked in stews and other hot dishes, puréed chickpeas eaten cold with tahini do not appear before the Abbasid period in Egypt and the Levant.


Type of Dish Appetiser


  • 400 g (2 cups) cooked chick peas
  • 60 g (1/3 cup) tahini
  • 50 ml (¼ cup) lemon juice
  • 5 g (1 tsp) sea salt
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 60 ml (2 Tbsp) olive oil
  • 1 pinch paprika


  1. Place the garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, salt and garlic in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Transfer mixture to a serving bowl. Drizzle olive oil over the garbanzo bean mixture. Sprinkle with paprika and parsley.

Further Information

Yield 4

Preparation Time is approxmiately 20 minutes.

Cooking Time is approxmiately 50 minutes.

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