BrokeAss Gourmet

BrokeAss Gourmet

Hummus from Scratch

  • Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Estimated Cost $6

I remember the first time I had real hummus. Not the goopy stuff that comes in a tub. You know that stuff: it's more mealy than creamy, and it never doesn't taste like the refrigerator it's stored in after being opened. Sometimes it comes in flavors like jalapeño or cilantro, but no amount of flavoring is enough to make up for its lack of freshness and lousy texture. 

The real stuff, which I tasted for the first time as an eighteen-year-old in Tel Aviv, is ethereally creamy, rich with olive oil, redolent of fresh lemon, lots of garlic, and good tahini, plus just enough salt to make it pop. It was revolutionary to me just how good it was, scooped onto a warm piece of hot-out-of-the-oven pita (which was also massively different than the bagged kind my mother bought at the grocery store back in the states). The hummus was somehow fuffy and luxurious at the same time, and much more flavorful than its off-white appearance let on. 

Though many countries claim hummus as their own, the chickpea-tahini-olive oil-lemon-garlic preparation of hummus is Egyptian in origin. Its complete name, ḥummuṣ bi ṭaḥīna means "chickpeas with tahini" in Arabic. And while, yes, it is available in plastic containers at your local grocery store, hummus made from scratch us in its own category. I order it regularly at my favorite neighborhood Middle Eastern restaurant, Old Jerusalem, but making it from scratch is a very close second. Here's how:

Start with dry chickpeas. Don't give in to the desire to use canned--they're really not as good. Besides, $5 worth of dry chickpeas will last you a whole lot longer than $5 worth of canned beans.

 If you have the time, soak them overnight, with some baking soda. If, like me, you are less patient, do the quick soaking method and stir some baking soda into the chickpeas and water, simmer for a few minutes, then cover for 10 minutes. This helps loosen the peels, and as you will find, this is the key to the smoothest, creamiest hummus.

 See how easily they come off? This process takes a little time, but trust me it's worth it. 

As you can see, a few peels remain. This is okay, the majority of the rest will float up during cooking.

The beans cook low and slow. Don't worry about them getting too mushy--they're just going to be pureed.


After cooking for a long time, it's into the food processor with tahini, olive oil, lemon, garlic, and salt.

Don't forget the extra olive oil to garnish. No, this is not a low-fat food. Don't ever bother with a hummus that claims to be low-fat!

I like to top mine with zaatar, an oregano-based herb blend spice-and-herb blend. If you can't find zaatar, sumac, paprika, chopped parsley or cilantro, or even just  freshly ground black pepper works nicely.

Don't you just want to dive in with a hot piece of pita?


  • 2 cups dried chickpeas $1.50 (buy in the bulk section for the best price)
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda Pantry
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more to garnish Pantry
  • 1/4 cup tahini $4 for 8 ounces
  • juice of 1 lemon $0.50 
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped Pantry
  • 2 teaspoons salt (more or less to taste) Pantry
  • zaatar Optional 

Recipe Serves 8-10


  1. Pick over the dried chickpeas and remove any that are still green.
  2. Put the chickpeas in a large heavy-bottomed pot, and add enough water so the chickpeas are under about 2 inches of water.
  3. Stir in the baking soda.
  4. Cover the pot and bring to a boil over high heat.
  5. Reduce the temperature to medium and let simmer for 5 minutes. 
  6. Let the chickpeas sit in the pot, covered for 10 minutes. 
  7. Turn off the heat and drain the chickpeas in a colander or strainer.
  8. Run cold water over the chickpeas until they are cool to the touch.
  9. Working in small batches, rub a handful of chickpeas between your hands to remove the peels. 
  10. Repeat until most of the peels have been removed from the chickpeas.
  11. Place the peeled chickpeas back in the pot and cover with 2-3 inches of water. Cover the pot with the lid.
  12. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low.
  13. Let the pot simmer for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  14. Once the chickpeas have finished cooking, lift the lid and use a slotted spoon to remove any peels that floated to the top during cooking.
  15. Drain the chickpeas in a colander or strainer and run cold water over them to bring them to room temperature.
  16. Place the chickpeas in the bowl of a food processor. Run the machine until all lumps disappear and the chickpeas are very smooth 
  17. With the machine running, stream in the olive oil.
  18. Add the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and salt and blend until the hummus is completely smooth.
  19. Scrape the hummus into a serving bowl, and garnish with a heavy sprinkle of zaatar and a generous drizzle of olive oil.
  20. Serve with fresh vegetables, pita, pita chips, kebabs, or anything else you like.

Leave a Comment

Textile help (For formatting your comment)

What They're Saying

college paper, on Feb 25, 01:36 AM, wrote:

It makes me so happy your huge information and awareness have a brand new channel for trying into the area. i am hoping you’ll maintain this net website up to date so clients can come and read thrilling testimonies.

March 2017 calendar, on Feb 26, 09:50 PM, wrote:

This is very nice post

March 2017 printable calendar, on Feb 26, 10:19 PM, wrote:

This is very nice and amazing post

teclado emoji, on Mar 1, 02:41 AM, wrote:

thank you

voter id status, on Mar 1, 02:44 AM, wrote:

really good post

Commercial Film Production, on Mar 4, 01:01 AM, wrote:

I will try it. Hope it bring the same taste that you explain here. It looks awesome.

Best lounge in rajouri Garden , on Mar 4, 01:54 AM, wrote:

You said zaatar is optional. But I tried it both with and without zaatar. and zaatar really add a delicious taste in it.

Munshi Premchand, on Mar 5, 07:09 AM, wrote:

Munshi Premchand is the one the Hindi Sahitya’s Wtiter, who shaped the Indian Literature and present the situation of Indians Farmers & dalit and other bad deeds in his work.

Baby Names, on Mar 7, 07:57 PM, wrote:

I will try it. Hope it bring the same taste that you explain here. It looks awesome.

GERD, on Mar 7, 11:49 PM, wrote:

Interesting Obat Jari Tangan yang Kaku
Just Obat Gatal Karena Keputihan Thanks…, on Mar 8, 10:22 PM, wrote:

though i dont like hummus a lot, but it does compliment some snacks, the added black pepper has made it more tantalizing. good luck with your further recipes :)

Hammer Of Thor, on Mar 8, 11:32 PM, wrote:

Thanks,,,,Mantap pak

Vimax, on Mar 8, 11:32 PM, wrote:

Terima kasih,,,semoga tambah sukses

baixar whatsapp, on Mar 9, 12:23 AM, wrote:

Very helpful advice in this particular post! It’s the little changes that make the largest changes. Thanks for sharing!

Avy, on Mar 12, 08:41 PM, wrote:

Obat Fistula Ani Thank you…

Penghancur Batu Empedu, on Mar 13, 08:26 PM, wrote:

Example Obat Syaraf Kejepit Di Leher Thanks…

more information, on Mar 16, 05:43 AM, wrote:

Very nice and I think very tasty. I definitely should try to do it today. I hope that result will be good:)

Luka Lecet, on Mar 16, 09:34 PM, wrote:

Hope this Obat Gagal Ginjal Thank you very much !

starfall, on Mar 17, 01:46 AM, wrote:

This is extremely helpful info!! Very good work. Everything is very interesting to learn and easy to understood. Thank you for giving information.

iPhone 8 Features, on Mar 20, 08:02 AM, wrote:

If all are looking for the great design of the specification of the iPhone 7 last year, users will surely be astonished to see the iPhone 8, which will feature the greatest innovation features in Apple’s mobile series. It is certain that if Apple can give many features in its iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 series, then we can accept more interesting features in its iPhone 8 series.

Sabrina, on Mar 22, 06:28 AM, wrote:

You’ve written the nice post, I am gonna bookmark this page, thanks for the info. I actually appreciate your own position and I will be sure to come back here.

Apa obat herbal yang ampuh untuk gonore, on Apr 1, 11:06 PM, wrote:

I will try it. Hope it bring the same taste that you explain here. It looks awesome.

Rahasia racikan herbal untuk penyakit gonore, on Apr 1, 11:07 PM, wrote:

i am hoping you’ll maintain this net website up to date so clients can come and read thrilling testimonies.

Herbal pilihan untuk penyakit gonore, on Apr 1, 11:08 PM, wrote:

Hope it bring the same taste that you explain here. It looks awesome.

Infeksi kencing nanah dan cara pengobatan herbal, on Apr 1, 11:13 PM, wrote:

though i dont like hummus a lot, but it does compliment some snacks, the added black pepper has made it more tantalizing. good luck with your further recipes :)

Obat alternatif untuk penyakit gonore, on Apr 1, 11:13 PM, wrote:

Everything is very interesting to learn and easy to understood. Thank you for giving information.

Case Study help, on Apr 4, 01:02 PM, wrote:

Our website is number 1 in Case Study assignment help, online Case Solution & Case Analysis experts. Feel free to contact us to get your case studies done.

bangalore, on Apr 5, 05:37 AM, wrote: Bangalore call girls are not at all away now a days from your reach when you travel across bangalore for varieties of callgirls at RENT A TOY. Our bangalore for the girls is only quality service., on Apr 10, 02:30 AM, wrote:

Much obliged to you a considerable measure for setting aside the ideal opportunity for you to share such a decent data.

Do My Civil Engineering Projects, on Apr 10, 03:49 AM, wrote:

I am exceptionally satisfied to see this article, thank you for sharing. I trust next the truth will surface eventually better. Homework help online, on Apr 10, 04:42 AM, wrote:

A debt of gratitude is in order for partaking in subtle element. Your website is a motivation!

Dissertation Writers Service UK, on Apr 10, 09:20 PM, wrote:

Good event, I think because to have a necessary books is very important for every profession, especially, for writers who make your life easier everywhere.

window movie maker, on Apr 11, 12:58 AM, wrote:

Thank you very much for the information you shared, it’s all I’ve been looking for

bloxorz, on Apr 14, 02:35 AM, wrote:

Thanks for your page! Your share information it helped me alot! I pray for you to be happy and successful in your life.

Run 2 Online, on Apr 18, 06:17 PM, wrote:

This looks delicious! It is sure to be a dinner time favorite!

Cleaners Acton, on Apr 20, 04:11 AM, wrote:

Thanks for that recipe. It looks interesting and delicious. I’ll try it.

Toko Obat Herbal, on May 1, 10:36 AM, wrote:

Good website for referencing readings onlien

Toko Online Terpercaya, on May 3, 01:52 AM, wrote:

Thanks for the information that has been submitted, it may be useful specifically my reading and writing you :)

Mila, on May 4, 08:21 PM, wrote:

I just know if humus comes from Egypt

spanish to english, on May 9, 11:17 PM, wrote:

Love this dish! Great article!

Obat Sipilis, on May 13, 06:01 AM, wrote:

I’m extremely inspired along with your writing skills and also with the format for your blog. Is that this a paid theme or did you customize it your self? Anyway stay up the nice high quality writing, it is uncommon to peer a great blog like this one today..

Actuary Finance Assignment Help, on May 16, 04:15 AM, wrote:

First time here I am reading about recipe of how to make the Syrup. I would like to share this post with my friends.

animal jam, on May 16, 09:01 PM, wrote:

The blog or and best that is extremely useful to keep I can share the ideas of the future as this is really what I was looking for, I am very comfortable and pleased to come here. Thank you very much.