Recipe: Homemade Soaked Chickpea Hummus

by Michelle on February 4, 2011 · 20 comments

in Condiments,Healthy Snacks,How To/Tutorial,Meal

Recipe: Homemade Soaked Chickpea Hummus
By request, here is my recipe for Soaked Chickpea Hummus. As you’ll see from the recipe below, it’s a pretty easy to whip together! I hope you enjoy it!


  • 1 C. dried chickpeas (or 1 can of cooked chickpeas)
  • optional: a strip of kombu
  • 2 Tbs. tahini paste (hulled sesame seed paste) (see Tahini recipe here)
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1-2 lemons, juiced
  • 1/2 C. olive oil
  • water
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • paprika, olive oil, to serve

Step 1: Soak the chickpeas

Add the dried chickpeas to a bowl and cover with water and then a plate. Leave to soak (with the strip of kombu if using) for 12-24 hours to soften, rehydrate and increase digestibility of the chickpeas.  If I use canned chickpeas, I rinse them, drain the water out and still soak them in a bowl for a few hours before I use them. This also helps to reduce flatulence!

Step 2: Cook the chickpeas

After that time drain out the soaking water (& take out the strip of kombu & discard). Cook your chickpeas in water with a lid on medium heat till very soft.

You want them to be soft enough so that they can be easily mashed by gentle pressure with a fork.

Step 3: Rinse the chickpeas

If the chickpeas are cooked well and soft, drain the water out of the pan and strain the chickpeas in a colander.

Step 4: Blend

Blend the chickpeas in a blender (or food processor) along with the tahini, garlic cloves, cumin and lemon juice. Add water (a few tablespoons at a time) to get a smooth paste-like consistency. Add in salt and pepper and season to taste.

To serve: place the hummus in a bowl, add a bit of oil in the middle of the hummus and sprinkle with paprika (and chili if you like).



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wizardQi February 4, 2011 at 12:39 pm

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Sami C February 4, 2011 at 12:42 pm

So I’ve totally been after a new hommus recipe to try!!!
Thanks for posting Michelle! :)


Michelle February 4, 2011 at 12:45 pm

No probs Sami :) Hope you like it!


Jackie @ Crest Cottage February 4, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Hi! I love seeing recipes for hummus! My husband is Lebanese and this is a staple in his family’s cuisine. It warms my heart to see people all over the world embracing it!


Michelle February 4, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Oh I’m glad :). By the way Jackie, thank you so much for the award- that was so sweet of you!


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Aubree Cherie February 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Hey Michelle, this looks so YUUUUM! I love hummus; I’ve linked this recipe in my Fav Top Ten Recipes of last week post. Thanks!

~Aubree Cherie


Michelle February 8, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Thanks so much Aubree! I’ll check it out :).


Linda February 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm

We enjoy hummus, and I keep thinking that I should make my own, but haven’t done it yet. Thanks for the step by step instructions. You make it look easy, and this post might be the thing that gets me to actually try making it.


Michelle February 8, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Hi Linda you’ll be amazed by how easy it is! I hope this post Is the one that encourages you to make hummus, that would great! Please let me know how it goes :).
– Michelle.


Billy February 11, 2011 at 9:28 am

I tried this recipe, it is so yummy!!!


Michelle February 12, 2011 at 9:40 am

Thanks Billy, glad you liked it!


Katey @ Bonne Santé February 14, 2011 at 11:47 am

You know what? I ALWAYS fail at hummus. I think it’s such a balanced flavour that any slight variation can throw it off – this however, looks divine! Next time my b/f requests homemade hummus, I know where to come!


Netty February 23, 2011 at 1:39 am

I just made it and it’s great! I put the 1/2 cup olive oil in food processor when I blended it and then put a smidge more on top. Mmmm…. Thanks for the recipe!


Michelle February 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Thanks Netty, I’m so glad you liked it! I had a look at your blog- looks great! I love sewing so it’ll be great to see more of your posts!


Michelle March 11, 2011 at 2:51 am

This looks wonderful, I’ll definitely have to dry it. I already have some dry chickpeas on hand! :)


Robert March 17, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Nice Site, the recipe look very healthy, I will have to try this one and a few of the others you have. Keep up the good work!


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