You’ve Been Making Hummus All Wrong

Hummus is everywhere in Israel, but it is also trendy here in America. Whether people are putting it on pita, or in their rice bowls, hummus has become a staple dip for many people. Its lemon-garlic flavor and creamy texture make it easy to eat with any savory dish. But, is the grocery store hummus missing the mark? 

We all know Isreali hummus hits different. Maybe it’s the Mediterranean water, but you cannot buy Israeli style hummus from a grocery store in America. 

This recipe almost replicates the real deal, and making it will remind you of the amazing homeland! 

Hummus from guided food tour on an Edible Israel trip

True Isreali Hummus 

Yields 4 cups


1 1/2 cups dried chickpeas

1/4 tp baking soda

3 large garlic cloves

1/2  cup lemon juice

1/4 cup reserved chickpea cooking water

2 tps kosher salt

3/4 cup tahini sauce 


  1. Place the dry chickpeas in a large pot and cover with 10 cups of water. Soak the chickpeas overnight in the fridge. 
  2. After the chickpeas have soaked, drain all of the water. Add about 3 cups of fresh water to cover the chickpeas. Add baking soda, and bring to boil over high heat. Skim any foam, adjust heat to low, cover and cook for 1 hour. Stir the mixture every 15 minutes.  Skim any skins that float to the top. The chickpeas should be very soft. 
  3. Reserve 3/4 of a cup of the cooking water, and then drain the chickpeas. Let the chickpeas cool, or rinse with cold water. 
  4. Put chickpeas in a food processor. You may need to add them gradually depending on the size of your processor.  Process the chickpeas, and add the garlic cloves, lemon juice, salt, and half of the cooking water. Process for until smooth (about 2 minutes).
  5. Once smooth, blend in the tahini for 6-8 minutes You want it to be light and silky. Adjust the texture with more cooking water if the hummus is too thick. Keep in mind that it will also thicken slightly in the fridge if you do not plan on eating it right away. (but you should because it is the best fresh!)
  6. Serve with toppings such as more tahini sauce, pine nuts, chickpeas, onion, garlic, paprika, or other spices. Don’t forget the pita!!

Did you try this recipe? Let us know if you liked it!

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