Hummus bi Tahini
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Serves: 2 cups
  • 1-3/4 cups cooked garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) sesame tahini (I’m partial to Ziyad Brand, but any Lebanese tahini will do.)
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • sea salt, to taste
  • chopped parsley (for garnish)
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) extra virgin olive oil (for garnish)
  • paprika (for garnish)
  1. Press beans through the food mill to remove the skins. Add a couple tablespoons of olive oil as necessary to fully remove the skins.
  2. Pour the beans into the bowl of the food processor. Add tahini, lemon juice, and garlic. Process on low until thick and smooth, drizzling the olive oil in slowly. Adjust flavor with additional lemon juice as desired. Add salt to taste and finish processing.
  3. Spread into a shallow serving dish. Garnish with a swirl of olive oil, parsley, and a sprinkle of paprika.
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food mill
food processor with blade attachment


The flavor is best with garbanzo beans cooked at home, but you can use a 15-ounce (425 g) can of garbanzo beans in a pinch.
Recipe by Andrea Meyers at