Best. Hummus. Ever.


I’ve been away from my blog for a while.  The last week and a half has been filled with sick kids and kitchen mishaps.  With the four of us, it seems that if one person gets sick, we all just pass it around for a few weeks until everyone is back to health.  While the kids were sick and posted on the couch with an endless supply of movies and tissues, I thought I would take the time to try out some new stuff in the kitchen.  Nothing worked.  I mean nothing.  From bland chicken to rock hard cupcakes, last week just wasn’t my week.

But enough of the excuses, I’m back!

I’ve made this hummus recipe several times since we moved here and it’s always a hit.  I wasn’t big on hummus, or any Middle Eastern food for that matter before we moved to Bahrain.  However, since being here, I’ve fallen in love with many dishes, and the first is hummus.  This is my friend Catherine’s recipe, one of the first people I met upon arriving here.  After I tasted her hummus, I was hooked.  Catherine was kind enough to allow me to share her recipe and no doubt if you try it, I’m sure you will love it too!

Best Hummus Ever!


1 15 oz can chick peas, drained

1 tablespoon Tahini paste (sometimes I see it spelled Tahina)

2 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 cloves garlic, chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling

1 teaspoon paprika, plus more for sprinkling

1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

salt/pepper to taste



Combine everything except for the cilantro in a food processor.  Puree until a paste forms.  You can leave it a little chunky, or puree until smooth, whatever your preference. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a bowl.  Cover with plastic wrap and refridgerate at least one hour, but up to 24*

Remove from refriderator, stir in the cilantro and serve with crackers, veggies, or just eat it straight with a spoon:)


*While you could dig in right away, this hummus is best served the next day!



*UPDATE*  These images have been updated from the original post.  This is not something that I have done (or considered) doing for older blog posts.  I think the photography reflects my journey just as much as the stories that begin each post. I am proud of how far I’ve come and look forward to continuing to improve (seriously, check out my first post!)  This hummus has been the exception because I have given this recipe out (with a link to this post) at least a dozen times to friends and family and each time I’ve wished the photography reflected my current style/vision more.  If you’d really like to see the original images, I will happily email them to you-with a nondisclosure agreement.  Kidding.  Sort of.

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Tina@flourtrader - I have never made hummus before, but I have eyed it in the specialty grocers. The difference I have noticed in the appearance of yours and the grocers is that yours looks very thick and rich. Those two attributes I look for, so this recipe does get a thumbs up from me! Glad Catherine shared it with you so you can post it here.
Sorry the sickness is roaming around your house and I hope that all are feeling better by this time. Enjoy the day!

Ramona - I love making hummus and it’s so affordable to make at home rather than buy it at the grocery store. They charge you an arm and a leg and it’s basically mashed chickpeas. I even make my own tahini by toasting and grinding sesame seeds because tahini is expensive. Yes, I am cheap! LOL! Your recipe looks perfect and it reminds me to make some hummus soon.

PS… I am sorry you all have been sick. I know how it is when one person gets sick in a small family and it’s like a domino effect until everyone has had it. Glad you are back and feeling better. Have a great week! ~ Ramona

Michelle - Just bought some chickpeas! Hummus is the magic cure all :)

Nicole @ Bake Me Blush - We all have those weeks, sadly. This does look like the best hummus ever (and I’ve always been a big fan of hummus!).

Nami | Just One Cookbook - Hummus, bagels, mochas was one of the foods that I fell in love after coming to the states (about 15 years ago). I had never made my own hummus – always buy the same brand that my host family used. I’d love to try this one day. None of my family are into hummus (WHY!!) so I need some occasion where someone else can eat with me. =) I hope you are all feeling better. I was sick last week after my kids gave me sick. But now my daughter is sick again. Never ending cycle!

Joanne - Oh no, sorry to hear you were all sick. Hummus is a great easy dish that comes together pretty quickly. Yum!

Ann - Wow – this does look like the best hummus ever! I’m sorry that you’ve had a week like that….but it sure looks like it’s getting better now!

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. - So sorry to hear your little ones have been sick! I LOVE hummus and nothing is better than homemade hummus!

Kelly @ Inspired Edibles - This does look like the best hummus ever! I love that hummus is hearty and satisfying without being heavy… I especially enjoy it with colourful vegetables. This one looks gorgeous and full of flavour!

Asmita - At my place we eat tuns of hummus. We all love it and your hummus looks so yummy! I should try your recipe out , tasty and economical too.

Maggie @ kitchie coo - I love the new look of your blog, very nice! My kitchen mojo has been off recently too and its been hard to figure out what’s going on. None of my meals have been GREAT, just very so-so. Maybe this hummus would kick me into gear again like it did you. It looks amazing!
Hope you all are feeling better!

Reem | Simply Reem - Love the look of your blog…. very clean and crisp.
I love love hummus, yours looks absolutely fabulous rich and creamy.
I hope you guys are feeling better now.

Tiffany - I could eat hummus everyday! Yours looks fantastic!

LinsFood - Love me some Hummus, yours looks mouth watering!

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