A Giveaway and My Hummus without Tahini Recipe

>> Thursday, March 17, 2011

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Giveaway Rules:
- Open to US residents only (sorry to my international readers)
- Tell me if you like Hummus, and is there a special or interesting ingredient you add that is not found in a standard Hummus recipes? Then Pick a number between 1 and 300, leave a comment with your answer and chosen number.
* Please try to do a quick scan to make sure no one else has chosen that number. Also please don't leave links to recipes on other websites, those entries will be deleted.*

**OOPS forgot to say that the winner will be announced on Monday, March 21.**

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Before we get to the recipe I wanted to thank you. Thank you for all the sweet messages of support you left in my announcement post about becoming a contributor for Honest Cooking. You guys are the best and your support and encouragement means so much. I'm sharing my Hummus without Tahini recipe here for those of you that missed it at Honest Cooking. Another thing I want to mention is the previous post, ways you can help the people of Japan during this horrendous catastrophe. Those of you that have helped both in monetary donations and words of solidarity, Muchas Gracias!

Hummus is a middle eastern spread or dip made mostly from white chickpeas (also know as garbanzo beans). Hummus has enjoyed great popularity in not only middle easter cuisine but also in Greek cuisine. In recent history it has gained popularity all over the world. Chickpeas have been used in the middle east since ancient times. Some believe that the earliest hummus recipes date back to the 13th century.

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Recipes for hummus can vary greatly from country to country and home to home. This makes hummus one of those dishes that can easily be personalized according to taste. The most common ingredients are boiled chickpeas, tahini (sesame seed paste), olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, spices and herbs. All or any combination of ingredients is then ground to make a thick dip or spread and served cold. Hummus can be served as an appetizer with pita or any arab breads, as part of a Meze, it can be spread on sandwiches, or even served with fresh vegetables as a healthy snack. Hummus makes a healthy snack because the chickpeas are high in fiber, folic acid, a good source of iron, magnesium, copper and zinc. The lemon provides a good source of vitamin C and the olive oil is a source of healthy fat.

Tahini is an ingredient that can sometimes be hard to find. My recipe omits the tahini but still yields a delicious flavor with a lemony flavor.

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Serves 3-4

14 oz. or 400 g cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1/4 cup or 60 ml reserved broth from boiling chickpeas or from can
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, (E.V.O. oil)
1 medium lemon (I used Meyer lemon) juiced about 3 tbsp juice
1/2 tsp. granulated garlic
1 tsp. salt
pinch black pepper

to decorate:
olive oil
extra cooked chickpeas
parsley, dried or fresh

immersion blender or regular blender
small bowl
serving bowl

1. In a small bowl combine lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil. Place drained chickpeas/garbanzo beans in blender, remember to reserve the broth. Pour 1/4 cup of the reserved broth and the lemon mixture into the blender. Pulse until you have a smooth thick paste. If needed, add extra broth or water to the blender to achieve the consistency needed. Taste and adjust spices if necessary. Pour the hummus into serving dish.

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To decorate as in photo: Make a small well near the edge going in a circular motion. Pour some olive oil in the well, place some cooked chickpeas into the well and a few in the center of the dish. Sprinkle with paprika and fresh or dried parsley. Serve with pita and enjoy.
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Too be continued.... And Good Luck!!


http://annastable.blogspot.com March 17, 2011 at 12:18 PM  

Beautiful presentation! This is one of my favourite appetizers, and has been a constant in my recipe repertoire since the late seventies.

Nancy March 17, 2011 at 12:21 PM  

Hi Anna, Thank you and I agree it's also one of my favorite appetizers.

Momo March 17, 2011 at 12:33 PM  

look very tempting,i love hummus!when i don't have tahini i use sesame seeds in blender and it's ok!

Britne @ Shabbott's Habits March 17, 2011 at 12:40 PM  

I love hummus! I really like to add roasted red pepper to mine, although I just saw a recipe that incorporates edamame and thought that sounded very interesting. I choose number 178.

Nancy March 17, 2011 at 12:43 PM  

@Alison, that sounds like a good substitute since tahini is ground up sesame seeds.

@Britne, Really edamame?, how creative and sounds good.

Chef Dennis Littley March 17, 2011 at 1:15 PM  

hi Nancy

i have never tried Hummus without Tahini, I'll have to give at a go and see how it tastes. I use lemon pepper in mine instead of lemon juice it gives it a little zing.
congrats on the honest cooking gig, I'm scheduled for Friday I think, I was so so late with my contributions.

Anonymous,  March 17, 2011 at 1:25 PM  

Yum! I love hummus. I actually really enjoy the taste of the tahini in it. The hummus I make is pretty basic though, all the other ingredients are the same as yours, except I use fresh garlic. Or sometimes roasted garlic. Yummy! I choose number 221 :)

Belinda @zomppa March 17, 2011 at 1:41 PM  

Love homemade hummus. I don't always use tahini either and it turns out wonderful! Figs add a nice sweetness. =) Um. 38?

Rebecca (Indecisive Baker) March 17, 2011 at 1:52 PM  

I love homemade hummus and I love that you didn't use tahini! I haven't heard of anything other than the 'standard'. We do love a spicy hummus though! I'm gonna go with 94 please! :)

Ashley March 17, 2011 at 1:58 PM  

I don't really like hummus. I choose 116.

hewella1 at gmail dot com

Sara @ Saucy Dipper March 17, 2011 at 2:09 PM  

Oh, hummus. Let me count the ways I love thee...maybe 26 ways?

There's so much you can do with hummus - those chickpeas are versatile! But I love to add artichoke hearts to mine.

Fun and Fearless in Beantown March 17, 2011 at 2:20 PM  

I usually add fresh garlic to my hummus but yours looks great! I pick #14!

Danielle K March 17, 2011 at 2:40 PM  

I love hummus...my favorite is to add garlic (which is a pretty standard ingredient), but it's so delicious & this recipe looks great!


sweetlife March 17, 2011 at 2:40 PM  

Love this recipe, loved your new adventure..have a great day!!


Evan @swEEts March 17, 2011 at 2:47 PM  

I was just talking about making my own hummus! Thanks for the fabulous recipe as usual :)

Anonymous,  March 17, 2011 at 3:08 PM  

Not only do I like hummus, but I LVOE hummus! My favorite is the version my stepmom makes, which is a little tangy from lemon juice and a little spicy from paprika!

I pick # 27!

Domestic Diva March 17, 2011 at 3:16 PM  

I like LOTS of garlic, but that's just more of something standard.

I pick 101.

lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

Carina March 17, 2011 at 3:39 PM  

I LOVE hummus, but I've never made my own! While I've never added an ingredient, I'll tell you my absolute favorite ingredient in hummus are PINE NUTS! I can eat an entire container in one sitting! By the spoonful! Ha! I should really make my own, especially since I typically have all ingredients on hand already!!

Let's see - my random number will be 3. How's that?

Anonymous,  March 17, 2011 at 3:55 PM  

I've never eaten hummus before -so i dont know
my number 238

tcogbill at live dot com

claudia lamascolo March 17, 2011 at 4:46 PM  

love hummus I always add lemon and artichokes and 24 is my favorite number! lol great giveaway and your hummus looks wonderful

Unknown March 17, 2011 at 5:00 PM  

Yum! Thanks for providing this giveaway :) I love garlic/paprika hummus with grilled pita bread

I choose random number 2

Anonymous,  March 17, 2011 at 6:39 PM  

Shame us Europeans can't play. We like to make it with Harissa Paste.

Mami2jcn March 17, 2011 at 6:56 PM  

Sorry, not a huge fan of hummus, although I like chick peas in a salad.

#13 is my lucky number.

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Simply Life March 17, 2011 at 8:25 PM  

I love hummus but have yet to try making my own - this looks great!

Amy March 17, 2011 at 9:24 PM  

I love hummus and have been wanting to make my own, but I can't find tahini in any of the stores in my town, so I LOVE that you have a recipe with out it! Thanks!

My random number is: 252

Claudia March 17, 2011 at 9:32 PM  

I will need to try hummus without tahini. I also love it with roasted red pepper or roasted eggplant. It's one of my favorite "almost guilt-free" snacks.

A little bit of everything March 17, 2011 at 9:36 PM  

I love hummus, actually i like most of Middle Eastern vegetarian dishes.
I add a little cayenne to mine instead of chili flakes and saw a recipe calling for Greek yogurt instead of tahini, haven't tried it yet.

i'll go with #9

Unknown March 17, 2011 at 9:42 PM  

YOU ARE KILLING ME! LOVE the hummus presented in your pics -TOTALLY bookmarking this gorgeous dish - happens to be a HUGE favorite in the family - We've recently found a small name brand (Bobbi's)from philly - but nothing compares to homemade and yours looks particularly inviting :)
Please send this as an entry to my event FAST FOOD NOT FAT FOOD - Cheers, Priya http://priyasnowserving.blogspot.com/2011/03/fast-food-not-fat-food-2011-march-1.html

ElennaLouise March 17, 2011 at 10:26 PM  

I really don't care for hummus at all! Sorry. :(
The little voices in my head -- I mean at Random.Org, said to choose 148.
Elenna @ sbcglobal.net

Jennai March 17, 2011 at 10:30 PM  

Nope. No hummus for me, please!
My number is 68.

Radhika March 17, 2011 at 10:34 PM  

I just love your photography, the picture of a cup full of chickpeas on tasteologie brought me here.

I love hummus, but find the traditional hummus too bland for my Indian tastebuds. I usually add ground cumin, red chilli powder (ground cayenne), ground black pepper and dried mint flakes to make it spicier and flavorful.

my number : 7

Karen,  March 18, 2011 at 12:53 AM  

I like to add a roasted red pepper. Also I use a LOT of lemon juice. And smoked paprika.
I pick 138.


Krista,  March 18, 2011 at 12:55 AM  

I love hummus! Sometimes I use peanut butter in my hummus. I pick number 4.

Francesca,  March 18, 2011 at 2:07 AM  

hummus is delicious! i like it almost any way- but some garlic and/or hers are a nice addition. frannieface77@ucla.edu

my lucky numberrrr is 7!

Lou March 18, 2011 at 2:33 AM  

I like hummus. My number is 24.

Meryl March 18, 2011 at 2:35 AM  

I love all types of hummus, especially with a little chipotle in adobo sauce added. My number is 11.

Beth March 18, 2011 at 3:12 AM  

I love hummus, but I've never made my own from scratch.

number 73

Deeba PAB March 18, 2011 at 5:37 AM  

Saw this hummus at Honest Food...finger licking good! #11 for me please!

Caroline @ chocolate and carrots March 18, 2011 at 7:39 AM  

I love hummus! I make it pretty standard...and add some cinnamon and paprika. Yum!

The number I choose is #121.


Jen March 18, 2011 at 8:05 AM  

I love hummus with black olives and feta stirred in

Megan March 18, 2011 at 8:26 AM  

I could slather hummus on any food and be happy. Love it! I do love a good edamame hummus, but the standard is my favorite.

My number is: 111

Victor March 18, 2011 at 8:37 AM  

I can't miss the big news. Congratz on the accomplishment. I have to admit, I had a hard time to find tahini paste. I'll give yours a try.

Rachel,  March 18, 2011 at 8:40 AM  

I loooove hummus (and have been known to eat it out of the container with a spoon on occasion. . . .). I add just a touch of ginger and some sumac to mine for a little extra twang.


Leah March 18, 2011 at 10:39 AM  

mm hummus is wonderful.
I really just enjoy the standard garlic hummus!

Number: 184

Leah March 18, 2011 at 10:39 AM  

Jalapeno peppers!

My number is 247.

Anonymous,  March 18, 2011 at 11:49 AM  

It's hard to find ways to improve on a good, basic hummus recipe, but I like it best when there's a combination of roasted and fresh garlic. And for the sake of a little crunch, I've taken to adding toasted sunflower seeds either into the mixture or sprinkled on top when it's ready to serve.

I think my number will be 289.


Sandra March 18, 2011 at 1:27 PM  

I said it before..you made it so beautiful and tasty..I usually use fresh crushed garlic and roasted peppers! Love this recipe of yours..will try it soon for sure!

Yeyy for giveaway..I will take # 7 :))

Sandra March 18, 2011 at 1:29 PM  

I see somebody already took #7 So I will change it in # 31 if that is OK?!
Thanks Nancy

TandAarelostinasia March 18, 2011 at 1:45 PM  

I love hummus, it's good for you and has lots of protein. I add roasted red beets to my hummus to make a rich-purple hummus spread. #123


Anonymous,  March 18, 2011 at 1:54 PM  

I love hummus! Its great as a snack/appetizer and as a spread on sandwiches. My favorite types are garlic and red pepper, but I've had an olive one that wasn't too bad either. I can't wait to try out this recipe, thanks!

My number will be 250.


Space Monkey 1138 March 18, 2011 at 1:58 PM  

I have NEVER TRIED hummus! Oh the shame. I'd try it if it was offered to me.


Victoria March 18, 2011 at 2:08 PM  

this is so great! i've been trying to look for a recipe without tahini b/c it's so expensive for such a small bottle. i feel like all the combinations have been done from garlic, pesto, sun-dried tomato.. mmm maybe lemon? i love lemon so maybe that.

I pick 182!

victoria.shin [at] kmob.com

Krista March 18, 2011 at 2:21 PM  

52! I just make regular hummus with no special additions. Occasionally I will add some zatar.

Anonymous,  March 18, 2011 at 2:50 PM  

My fiancee and I both love hummus. Our favorite version is made with toasted walnuts in place of tahini, as well as spicy chipotle pepper-infused oil drizzled on top. Really tasty!

Random number 184.



Ruth H. March 18, 2011 at 3:31 PM  

That hummus looks perfect! I never have tehini on hand, so I love learning new substitutions, or recipes that don't use it! While it isn't exactly creative, I always add roasted garlic to mine - love the garlic!!! And my number is... 123!

Holly B,  March 18, 2011 at 3:36 PM  

oh how i love Hummus! i just made some the other day with taco seasoning and a bit of salsa.. OH SO YUMMMMMY!
my lucky number is 37.

Unknown March 18, 2011 at 3:46 PM  

Hi, I've been anxious to try making hummus as a healthy alternative snack and this looks like a great recipe! I love sun-dried tomatoes and I think that a sun-dried tomato hummus would be interesting. I choose number 33.

Ms. Lollipop March 18, 2011 at 6:49 PM  

I like hummus and the ingredient (although unoriginal) I'd like to add and lots of it is GARLIC!

Magic number 224!

catharine.ellie [at] gmail.com

Anonymous,  March 18, 2011 at 8:32 PM  

I love hummus. After finishing a container (store-bought or homemade) I find myself at the grocery store contemplating buying/making more. I never use tahini, but I do cube some tofu and toss it in there. Smooth + extra protein!


- ashley m

Debbie March 18, 2011 at 9:07 PM  

I love a lot of lemon and dill in mine.
And there were a lot of numbers! I am not sure that no one else chose this but I'd like #42.

Rusthawk March 18, 2011 at 9:28 PM  

I spice mine with a dash of cajun seasoning My pick is number 174. :)

Lynda Del March 18, 2011 at 11:26 PM  

I love hummus with roasted red peper mixed in and as a garnish.
My number is 36

lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

MommyBee March 19, 2011 at 1:16 AM  

I love hummus with a sprikle of paprika! My lucky number is 17.

Deanna March 19, 2011 at 3:07 AM  

I've actually never tried hummus before. I heard it's really great, though! :)

-I'll choose #233.

Tiffany March 19, 2011 at 9:22 AM  

This hummus is super pretty! I've never had hummus w/o tahini, but your recipe sounds great! Thanks for sharing :D

chickencow123 March 19, 2011 at 2:01 PM  

I've had a hummus bar in our school cafeteria with roasted red pepper, chipoltle, but my favorite is spinach and artichoke hummus. Much healthier than the alternative! :)


msihua March 19, 2011 at 8:25 PM  

I absolutely love hummus.. and any dip for that matter ... and tahini!!! I love that word!!

Serafina March 19, 2011 at 9:12 PM  

Hi! Sometimes I put an unsweetened peanut butter in my hummus in place of tahini. I think I got that idea from the dessert hummus that I make :)

I will choose #57.


redkathy March 19, 2011 at 9:45 PM  

I've made hummus both ways and frankly the Tahini didn't make that much difference in my humble opinion. I even made my own Tahini once, which is relatively easy to do. I love the plating display, very creative!

Henria O. March 20, 2011 at 12:37 AM  

I love Hummus and I don't use anything that's not standard!


ladydi115 March 20, 2011 at 11:40 AM  

I love hummus. Trader joes makes a great one without tahini. I also love a black bean hummus I've tried from a brand called Bob's or something like that, I picked it up at whole foods.


Dana March 20, 2011 at 1:00 PM  

Found this off tasteologie. I loooove hummus, but never like the ones I make at home. I think I have identified that I don't like cumin, and I was starting to think that maybe I don't like tahini that much either. So I am excited to try this! Lucky number 222!

Anonymous,  March 20, 2011 at 1:25 PM  

I adore hummus. I enjoy spinach hummus and jalapeno and cilantro Hummus. I will guess number 280.

My email is Carolove19@aol.com

Klee March 20, 2011 at 3:19 PM  

I don't really like flavored hummus generally, but lemon juice is a must. It just tastes bland without it.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets March 20, 2011 at 3:41 PM  

I've never heard of hummus without tahini but I'm sure it's still fabulous. I love hummus of all kinds and have been dying to try making it with the addition of mashed up carrots!

Thanks for this giveaway! I will guess number 66. My email is xiaolu6@gmail.com

Michelle March 20, 2011 at 6:51 PM  

I love the way you shared presentation tips! My hummus is just plain old std ingredients, but I like lots of lemon! #22

Michelle March 20, 2011 at 6:56 PM  

I love hummus, but I usually only make the std kind - with a little extra lemon.


Sommer March 21, 2011 at 2:08 AM  

Now I have a huge hankerin' for hummus! Beautiful photo- beautiful food!

Magic of Spice March 23, 2011 at 10:31 AM  

Sorry I missed this...beautiful recipe :)

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