Homemade hummus with tahini – a recipe for perfect hummus!

Homemade hummus with tahini is one of the most Israeli dishes there is: tasty, healthy, and nutritious. You can buy ready-made hummus, but nothing beats a dedicated homemade version! Here's a recipe for perfect homemade hummus!


Photography: Alon Masiyka

Ingredients for 4-6 servings

For the hummus:

2 cups of chickpeas
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
3/4 cup of Al Araz tahini
1/2 cup of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of salt

For the tahini (for serving):

1 cup of Al Araz tahini
Juice squeezed from 1/2 a lemon or more to taste
3/4 cup of cold water
1-2 crushed garlic cloves (optional)
Salt to taste

Additionally, for serving:

Cooked chickpeas
Olive oil
Chopped parsley
Sweet paprika
Fresh pita bread


  1. Preparing the hummus: The night before, soak the chickpeas in plenty of water overnight (if it’s hot – preferably in the refrigerator). Drain, transfer to a pot, cover with plenty of water, add the baking soda and cook for about two hours until fully softened. Drain and set aside a handful of chickpeas for serving.
  2. Mix in a bowl the tahini, lemon juice, and salt to a consistent and thick mixture.
  3. Grind the cooked chickpeas and tahini mixture in a food processor to a uniform and creamy spread (don’t wash the tahini bowl yet). If needed, add a bit of water. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  4. Preparing the tahini for serving: In a bowl, mix the tahini, lemon juice, water, garlic (optional), and salt into a smooth and desired texture mixture (if needed, add a little more water). Taste and adjust seasoning.
  5. Spread the hummus on serving plates, generously pour the tahini on top, sprinkle the chickpeas, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle parsley and paprika, and serve with pita on the side.