This is a very basic recipe for the popular garbanzo and sesame seed pate. Vary the flavor by adding a few mint leaves, a little fresh ginger, or red pepper flakes. I make it in a food processor now, but I used to make it by putting the garbanzo beans through a ricer.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
total:
10 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
3 cups
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, parsley, and green onion in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until smooth, adding water if the mixture is too thick. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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Nutrition Facts

62 calories; protein 2.3g 5% DV; carbohydrates 6.5g 2% DV; fat 3.4g 5% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 71.6mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2006
This is a very good recipe. I've substituted lime juice for the lemon juice--not as good. I've left out the tahini--not as good. I've served it the same day as making it--not as good. This is excellent & best served after 1-2 days. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/12/2005
Hummus without olive oil or cumin? Nope, doesn't work. Add up to 1/4 cup of olive oil and 1/2 tsp of cumin to this recipe, and I'll change my rating to 5 stars. Adding water to this recipe is not "optional" either. About 1/4 cup will be right. Don't add in the "reserved" bean juice. Drain and rinse those beans to get rid of the extra sugars. Read More
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62 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 31
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 3 stars
02/12/2005
Hummus without olive oil or cumin? Nope, doesn't work. Add up to 1/4 cup of olive oil and 1/2 tsp of cumin to this recipe, and I'll change my rating to 5 stars. Adding water to this recipe is not "optional" either. About 1/4 cup will be right. Don't add in the "reserved" bean juice. Drain and rinse those beans to get rid of the extra sugars. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2006
This is a very good recipe. I've substituted lime juice for the lemon juice--not as good. I've left out the tahini--not as good. I've served it the same day as making it--not as good. This is excellent & best served after 1-2 days. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2003
This recipe is the BEST to date! I made a batch up and we ate it for lunches for a week. Spread it on a toasted pita bread dip tortilla chips or carrot sticks in it. Any way it is just divine. It is packed with nutrition too! My two year old daughter LOVES it (and she's the pickiest eater I know). I love being able to add what I like to it. A little lemon juice and garlic makes it delicious! Great recipe very easy very kid-friendly. We give it two tummies up!!:-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2007
Excellent! I made this for Thanksgiving as part of a veggie dish and it was devoured. For an added twist try one batch with ground kalamata olives or another with eggplant (babaganoush). This is a great base recipe as is and gives you some room to add things to your liking knowing it'll still taste great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2003
I made this hummus for a kid's b-day party and everybody loved it!!! I made it using a hand chopper leaving it rather chunky and much more flavorful than other creamier recipes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2003
I like to throw in a little fresh finely chopped garlic to add a bit of a kick and to promote healthy arteries (raw garlic sucks excess fat out of the bloodstream!) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2004
Great and simple! I agree with the advice to save some of the bean "juice" to help thin the hummus a bit. I also add a bit of olive oil some tabasco sauce about 1/4-1/2 tsp of cumin and crushed red peppers and maybe a bit more lemon juice. This recipe is MUCH better after at least 24-48 hours of time to "meld" in the fridge. Be careful with the red peppers and the tobasco--it may not taste spicy enough right away but after 24-48 hours the spices will definitely be noticed! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2003
This is such a great hummus recipe! It could use a bit more garlic and lemon juice than suggested but it's one of the best I've ever tasted! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2003
Very easy very good. This is a great snack for children. I left the bowl of hummus on the counter for a few minutes and my finicky 5 year old ate half the contents of the bowl before I realized it. Read More
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