One of the best dips ever created! A simple yet delicious Arabic dip made out of mashed chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic.

Hummus or “hummus bi tahini” is a simple Arabic dip made out of mashed chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. A very popular food in the Middle Eastern region, where it is consumed as a dip or spread that is usually consumed with bread.

The first known appearance of this dish was from the Abbasid period in Egypt and the Levant. During that 13th century the recipe was a bit different compared to the modern version and it composed of a purée of chickpeas with vinegar, pickled lemons, herbs, spices, and oil, but no tahini or garlic were used. Later on a recipe with tahini called hummus appeared on the Arab cookbook “Kitab Wasf al-Atima al-Mutada”, garlic was introduced in the recipe but not lemons, instead the souring agent used is vinegar.

This is my favourite type of dip, it not just delicious but it is so healthy, perhaps the most delicious healthy dip there is. It contains chickpeas which is a good source of protein and dietary fiber, it also has a lot of sesame seeds which is a good source of the amino acid methionine. It is also high in iron and vitamin C and contains a significant amount of folate and vitamin B6.

How about you what is your favourite dip?

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern


Hummus or “hummus bi tahini” is a simple Arabic dip made out of mashed chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic.


Units Scale
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise (optional, this makes it more creamy)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus more to serve
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Place everything in a food processor then blend until smooth.


16 Responses

  1. Great for a change to have this dipping with bread but I am not sure whether I can find “tahini” at Malaysia, in fact I have not heard before.

  2. I love hummus! The bread looks so delicious in the background, too! I can never find tahini- suggestions?

  3. Judy says:

    Love hummus with rosemary crackers, so quick and easy to make. Roasted garlic, roasted red peppers, jalapenos–so many ways to dress it up too.

  4. I love hummus. I’d skip the mayo and add more tahini in its place. But I like that suggestion. My wife just doesn’t like mayo.

  5. kiwidutch says:

    Hummus is excellent, so is dukkah … my cousin Pete in NZ gave me a fabulous recipe:

  6. Tanvi says:

    I love hummus with crackers as well as pita chips..looks yum! I need to mix up mayo next time!

  7. Kim says:

    It never came to my mind to make hummus by myself :S
    I love it so much in my Falafel 😀

  8. Sissi says:

    Your hummus looks delicious! I am a big fan of this spread!

  9. Not sure why I have never made my own hummus before – great sounding recipe.
    🙂 Mandy

  10. I can’t believe you made your own hummus! This is amazing! I’ve never even thought about making it!

  11. I love making (and eating!) hummus, and yours turned out great! It’s definitely my favorite dip! 🙂

  12. i love hummus, such a good source of protein. would love to dip a piece of that bread in your delicious hummus.
    Thanks for sharing and thank for your lovely words left on my guest post on Nami @ Just One Cookbook blog

  13. I made this for my snacks this week while I’m detoxing – it’s so good for you and delicious. My other favourite dip is tzatziki – I love the twanginess of the yoghurt.

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