One of my biggest problems with hummus is that its sooooo boring. There are plenty of perfectly good hummi (hummussess?) at the grocery store but I wanted to make my own and man or man am I happy I did. I found a base recipe that was actually really good in The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook. (Buy it!) And then to spice it up I doubled the garlic and then added some harissa. Also, make sure youre getting good chickpeas. The ones in the international aisle. Especially if they have a Mediterranean section.


  • 1/4 cup water
  • half a lemon, juiced
  • 6 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 15oz can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons harissa


1. Mix all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
2. Dip something in it and put it in your mouth!

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