Homemade Hummus

My earliest memory of Hummus was as a small child with my sisters, Amy and Meadow. They paired it with Pumpernickel bread and we ate it as we walked around our tiny town. It wasn’t until I moved to New York City, in 2011, that I started to make it “from scratch,” as we say.

The first time I made it, it was lumpy, but good. Eventually, a close friend told me that her colleague always pealed the chick peas (or garbanzo beans, whichever name you prefer) beforehand. The tip has forever become a crucial part of the hummus-making-process.


1 can Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans
2 tsp Tahini (sesame paste)
2 tsp concentrated lime juice
1 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp Olive Oil
2 sautéed garlic cloves in 1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp Chat Masala
1/3 cup water + 1tbsp water

1 Food Processor or Blender-type-machine


  1. Peal your peas/beans! You don’t “need” to do so, but it makes the hummus much creamier, if you take the time to do so. As you peal them, toss away the skin and place the pealed peas into the food processor or the blender of your choice.
  2. Once all peas are pealed and the garlic is sautéed, add all the remaining ingredients.
  3. Blend until fully pulverized.

Serving Suggestions

Hummus is perfect with A LOT of things:

  • Pretzels
  • Fresh Breads – Pita, Naan, White/Dark Bread
  • Fresh Vegetables – Carrots, Celery, Broccoli
  • Crackers

Chef’s Notes

  1. For a more citrus flavor – carefully add more lime juice. Be cautious, if using concentrated juice because the flavor will intensify with the smallest drop. You can always add a fresh citrus flavor by using a fresh lime.
  2. For the spice lovers – increase the Paprika or Chat Masala by 1 tsp, blend, and taste. Keep adding until desired strength is achieved. You do not have to add both! You can even substitute all the Paprika with Chat Masala, or even substitute all Chat+Paprika with Curry! 🙂
  3. Presentation Finishers
    1. Olive Oil and Finishing Salt – make a well in the center of the hummus serving. Pour Olive Oil in the center. Sprinkle with finishing salt. Our favorite is Murray River Pink Salt.
    2. Sprinkle the predominant spice over top – ex. if you used more Paprika, lightly sprinkle Paprika over top; if you used more Chat Masala, lightly sprinkle Chat Masala over top.




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