Hummus – South beach diet phase 1 dip


5 min


15 min

I tasted hummus for the first time in UK and I am an addict to it since then. I used to buy it from Tesco (Supermarket) in bulk and store it for weeks together until I learnt its recipe from my Arabian friend “A”. Thats when I realised that it is such a simple, straight forward and nutritious dish. Apart from chickpeas, it requires another special ingredient called Tahini (sesame paste)
When I planned to make this for the first time in India, I had my doubts about the Tahini sold here. So I immediately rang to my lovely Chech in Dubai to get that for me when she is coming down in august. She very obediently got me a bottle of Tahini and I express my thanks to her through this post and also “love u loads Chech”!!!! (hugs n smiles).

Boiled chickpeas are the main ingredient used in it. They are rich in fibre and have been proven to lower the body cholesterol. You can get them in different colors (black, brown n red) but I chose the beige one today. You can make it from any colored chick pea but my personal choice would be the beige one.It is the chickpea paste which gives the dish a creamy and silky texture. The dash of garlic adds a lovely flavor to it and the olive oil gives it a glossy look. Bit n pieces of finely chopped mint leaves provides a refreshing taste to your tongue.I am sure you guys will love it to bits!
I made this dip as an evening snack. I didnt have pitta bread/baquette at home, so I used toasted bread slices (golden brown colour) instead. It did taste really great.
The best tasty things in life are so simple to make!!! n yeeeaaah this Middle eastern dip is one such dish. Here is the recipe for it.


  • 250gm Chickpeas – boiled
  • 1-2 tsp pepper powder
  • 3 tablespoons tahini paste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves – crushed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tsp finely chopped mint /parsley
  • salt


  • Soak the raw chickpea in water overnight.Transfer them to the pan and add about 3 cups of water.
  • Pressure cook them for 4 whistles. Check whether the chickpeas are soft. Cool them.
  • Drain the water completely.
  • Grind them along with garlic pods, olive oil and little water into a fine thick paste. Use its boiled water itself for grinding them.
  • Add the lemon juice and tahini. Add the salt and pepper.
  • Whisk it until its all well combined.
  • Drizzle few drops of olive oil and fold in the mint/parsley. Store it in fridge.
  • Serve cold with baquette/ toasted pitta bread / crisply toasted local bread.


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  1. Thxs for visiting my blog & ur comment…
    added ur blog to my blogroll dear…

    all recipes are really yummy & delicious…

  2. One of my favourite dips. I posted about hummous recently. They are so delicious.

  3. I could probably eat hummus everyday. I just made an olive, sun-dried tomato version the other day. It’s fun to experiment, though the classic version is always a favorite.

  4. ‘The best things in life are simple’ – true statement 🙂 Looks so creamy and delish.. I make hummus just to get my husband to eat celery.

  5. Hummus looks delicious..hmm seeing lot of hummus recipes in blogs now a days…time to try it seems :)..and your version looks very easy

  6. @ Srikar
    Thanks for visiting my blog! Thanks for those kinds words

    :-)Thanks…yeah true taste gr8 with even naan.

    Thanks for visiting the blog… Its taste are irresistable… i eat them almost every now n then

    Thanks for your comments. Your versions looks innovative n guess it will taste yummy!… Next time when I make it,I shall include your ingredients too.

    Thanks. True this dish is highly nutritious.

    Thanks for the lovely words.Do try them n let me know how it came out!

  7. HI, thanks for visiting my blog and the comment. You have a tasty blog here. Have been away from blogging for a month.
    Added you yo my blopgroll.
    Happy cooking!!!

  8. hi Vij, thanks for directing me to ur blog and I think urs is an awesome one…good job, and keep on sharing your wonderful recipes with us!

  9. i have to have falafels whenever i make hummus… pure heaven…

  10. i like dipping roasted pita bread in hummus. home-made one is the best!! delicious looking bowl of hummus. feels like i’m at a party somewhere hehehe…

  11. i’ve been looking for a recipe to try hummus for quite some time. this looks great! thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog. yours is quite lovely and i’m sure i’ll be visiting again soon 🙂

  12. Normally have hummus with falafels but they taste awesome as a dip for veggies too…yours looks wonderful…neat idea using a little mint in this…

  13. Hey hummus looks lovely..Never tried or tasted it.. Its next in my list to try.. need to get my hand on a bottle of Tahini..You have a very nice space…

  14. Hi all
    Thanks a bunch for those lovely words…do try them n let me know how it tasted it. You can make it in bulk n store it for days together.
    Enjoy food n enjoy blogging!
    God bless!

  15. Welcome to the blogging world Vij!
    Wonderful shots, the hummus looks creamy and sensational.

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