Delightful Delicacy: A Guide to Making Classic Lebanese Hummus

Lebanese Hummus

If you're a fan of Middle Eastern cuisine, chances are you've come across the delightful and creamy dip known as hummus. Originating from Lebanon, hummus has gained immense popularity worldwide for its smooth texture, savory flavor, and versatility. In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of making classic Lebanese hummus that will surely tantalize your taste buds.


  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup tahini (sesame paste)
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (adjust according to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Optional garnish: paprika, chopped parsley, and additional olive oil


  1. Start by reserving a few chickpeas for garnish, if desired. This will add a visual element to your hummus.

  2. In a food processor or blender, combine the chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, minced garlic, cumin, and salt.

  3. Blend the ingredients on medium speed until a smooth and creamy consistency is achieved. If the hummus seems too thick, you can add a little water (a tablespoon at a time) to thin it out. Remember, the consistency is a matter of personal preference.

  4. Taste the hummus and adjust the seasoning if necessary. You can add a touch more lemon juice, garlic, or salt, depending on your taste preferences.

  5. Once the hummus has reached your desired consistency and taste, transfer it to a serving dish.

  6. Drizzle the extra virgin olive oil over the surface of the hummus, and use the back of a spoon to create a swirl pattern.

  7. If desired, sprinkle the reserved chickpeas, paprika, and chopped parsley on top for added visual appeal.

  8. Your classic Lebanese hummus is now ready to be enjoyed! Serve it with warm pita bread, fresh vegetables, or as a spread on sandwiches and wraps.

Tips and Variations:

  • For an extra creamy hummus, you can remove the skins from the chickpeas. This may take a little time but will result in a smoother texture.
  • Experiment with additional flavors by adding roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, or herbs like cilantro or mint to the basic hummus recipe.
  • If you prefer a stronger garlic flavor, you can roast the garlic cloves before mincing them. This will give the hummus a more mellow and caramelized taste.
  • Store any leftover hummus in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It can be enjoyed for up to one week.

There you have it – a simple yet delectable recipe for classic Lebanese hummus. Whether you're hosting a gathering or simply craving a satisfying snack, this versatile dip will surely impress. So, grab your ingredients, put on some Middle Eastern tunes, and enjoy the process of creating this timeless Lebanese delicacy!