Hummus is probably the most famous Middle Eastern recipe on the internet. It's being made all over the world and re-invented in creative ways. But the BEST way to have it is the super traditional way. Trust me. A common misconception people may have is that homemade creamy hummus is difficult or it takes time. WRONG. It's so so quick and tastes ten times better than the store bought stuff. Trust your girl on this one.
All you really need for the creamiest hummus is a food processor. Although, I know that back in the day, people used to make it using a mortar and pestle or just using any utensil and good old muscle strength (cool video here showing how to make it the traditional way if you don't have a food processor).
As for the ingredients, of course, it's the usual suspects. Garlic, tahini, lemon juice, salt, olive oil and cooked chickpeas. That's how I make mine 99% of the time. There is 1% of the time when I like to go rogue and throw in something different to experiment, which is fun too. But let's keep this creamy hummus pretty traditional, shall we?
Tips for making a delicious creamy hummus
- Use dry chickpeas that have been soaked overnight which will double in size. YES you can use canned chickpeas, you'll get good hummus. But if you would *just* listen to me and take 2 minutes of your time and soak some the night before, it's SO much better! Okay you also need a few more minutes to cook them too. Oops. Still worth it though!
- Cook the chickpeas in a pressure cooker or Instant pot for quicker cooking time. After the chickpeas are soaked I pressure cook them for 5 minutes to get perfectly soft and creamy chickpeas
- In the food processor, process the garlic first to get it nice and fine and ensure it breaks down before add the rest of the ingredients
- Peel the chickpeas to make it even more of a creamy hummus. I do NOT do this. It doesn't make a difference to the taste, and I'm a busy mom. Time is of the essence. And taste is king! But if you are really uptight about the creaminess of your hummus.... I suggest you do this.
- Allow everything to process for at least 3-5 minutes to get it all nice and smooth
That's it folks! The only time consuming part of this whole process is cooking the chickpeas. And that can easily be solved with a pressure cooker. So really... you have no excuse. Oh and by the way, it stays in the fridge for a week no problem!
If you want to try more classic middle eastern dips, make sure you try Muhammara, Baba Ghanoush and Labneh!
For more Middle Eastern recipes, check out:
- The Best Tabouli Salad
- Best Ful Medames (Egyptian Beans)
- Easy Sheet Pan Chicken Shawarma
- Beef Kofta Recipe
Traditional Creamy Hummus
- 1.5 cups dry chickpeas soaked overnight which yields about 3 cups chickpeas the next day
- 6 cups water to cook chickpeas
- 1 tsp salt
- Juice of 2 lemons
- 2 large garlic cloves
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- ½ cup tahini paste
- ½ cup water
- Start by soaking 1.5 cups of dry chickpeas in water overnight
- Drain and rinse the chickpeas
- Cook the chickpeas in the Instant pot (or pressure cooker) for 5 minutes mins using 6 cups of water
- To make the hummus, start by adding the garlic in the food processor and process
- Then add all other ingredients except for the water and process for a few minutes
- The last step is to add ½ cup of very cold water as the food processor is running. Process the mixture for at least 5 minutes to yield a creamy texture
- Cool in the fridge and garnish with chickpeas, paprika, parsley and olive oil when serving
- You can use canned chickpeas. However dry chickpeas yield a superior flavor
- You can also adjust the flavor to your liking (some like it garlic-y, some like it lemon-y)
- Store in the fridge in an air tight container up to a week
Hi Amina - I don't have a pressure cooker so how long would the chickpeas take to cook otherwise? Many thanks!
So how many minutes to cook peas without a pressure cooker? Thank you looking forward to trying this recipe.
Amina Al-Saigh says
Hi Sherri! On the stove top they will take between 1-2 hours. Replenish the water as they boil and test them for softness. Enjoy!
hello AMINA, I really appreciate your efforts, the way you research a recipe and then share it with us. I tried in my kitchen the same procedure you discussed for creamy hummus in your blog, the taste is amazing.
Hi Jacenda! I am so glad that the hummus turned out great for you, and I appreciate your feedback! Thank you!
Made this twice and super yummy!
Thanks so much Sana!
Super easy and delicious recipe! I tried this recipe recently and it turned out a winner! I’m glad to have an easy and healthy snack option for the family.
I ended up sharing some portions with 2 other families too!
Thank you so much for the lovely review Haya and so glad to hear you enjoyed it. 🙂