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Creamy Whipped Hummus

4 cups

1 hour 15 minutes active, plus soaking

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In Israel, hummus is breakfast, not a party dip. Our education began in Tel Aviv at Abu Hassan, the country’s premier hummus shop, where customers get wide, shallow bowls of hummus topped with whole chickpeas, a sprinkle of parsley, pops of red paprika and amber cumin. The hummus is light, almost sour cream smooth—and warm. When re-creating the hummus, we found we needed to start with dried chickpeas, not canned, and simmer them with baking soda to ensure they completely softened. Small chickpeas like Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value brand worked well. Make sure to soak the chickpeas for at least 12 hours before cooking, and if your chickpeas are on the large side, you’ll need to cook them for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until starting to break down. And for the smoothest, lightest hummus, process the chickpeas while they’re still warm, and give them a full 3 minutes during the first stage. As for tahini, we liked the Kevala brand, but Soom and Aleppo were good, too. Processing the chickpeas while warm ensures the smoothest, lightest hummus, as will processing it for a full three minutes in the first stage. Hummus traditionally is served warm and garnished with paprika, cumin, chopped fresh parsley and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil. Sometimes a sliced hard-boiled egg is added. Leftover hummus can be refrigerated for up to five days. To reheat, transfer to a microwave-safe bowl, cover and gently heat, adding a few tablespoons of tap water as needed to reach the proper consistency, 1 to 2 minutes




Don't forget to stir the tahini very well. Some brands separate and can become quite thick at the bottom of the container.

1 hour

15 minutes active, plus soaking


  • 8

    ounces (227 grams) dried chickpeas

  • Kosher salt


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Judith S.
January 20, 2024
Delicious creamy hummus
Much better than store bought hummus. Make extra and store it in the freezer for later.
Deborah C.
November 15, 2023
Simply delicious!
I don't think I'll ever eat store-bought hummus again. This takes a little time to make, but it is well worth it! I've used other toppings along with the Olive Oil including hot sauces and Spicy Pizza Crunch that is sold by Milk Street. Yummy!
Audrey K.
August 16, 2023
Can you half this recipe and still have it come out right?
Elizabeth Y.
August 12, 2023
The best hummus! Truly creamy.
This hummus is so much better than the store bought ones-they are not bad. I have made hummus using canned chickpeas before, but this is just better. Very simple and delicious.
Lorene S.
June 8, 2023
No microwave, how would I reheat leftovers?
Loved this recipe and made it for guests, who polished it off. But, because there are only two of us, how would I reheat leftovers without a microwave?
Deborah P.

I have made Israeli Hummus (Hummus Masabacha) several times now. All other hummus is subpar to my palate. Thank you for this award winning recipe.An Ohioan hummus maker~~~~~~~~~Deborah

Gloria H.

This is the best hummus I’ve made, and I’ve made a lot. I make it frequently. Highly recommended! Is there nutrition information available for this recipe? Would love to know calorie count and such.

Janelle C.

Hi Gloria,

We're happy to hear how you've enjoyed this recipe. Unfortunately, at this time we don't provide nutrition information. While many of our recipes can be altered to work with specific dietary needs or concerns we don't cater to just one as our audience is diverse. We will, however, relay your comments to our editorial and kitchen teams as they continue to bring you a better magazine.

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Lillian B.

How do you keep it warm? I know you said the first restaurant would not tell you how, but did you figure out a way to it?

Janelle C.

Hi Lillian,

We blend the chickpeas while they're still warm after they've finished cooking. Hope this helps.

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Janelle C.

Hi Jason,

As stated in the recipe description, "Leftover hummus can be refrigerated for up to five days. "

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Michele R.

Paprika and cumin as specified here to sprinkle on top, fer shure, but for my two-bits sumac is even better. Also I prefer a bit more lemon juice.

Lori O.

This may seem like a silly question but how many cups is 8 ounces of dried chickpeas? I've got a 4 lb. bag and want to make sure I get the measurements right. Thank you!

Janelle C.

Hi Lori,

It's exactly 1 cup.

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Judith D.

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Rachal C.

I loved this recipe - best hummus I have made. I have been using a more complicated recipe from another source where I was cooking the chickpeas with aromatics for 2 hours and making a tahini sauce that I did not enjoy having to wash extra dishes to create - no more! This recipe was both easier and way better! The result was silky and full of lovely chickpea flavor, whereas the other recipe tended to be dominated with the copious lemon and garlic called for in the recipe via their tahini sauce recipe. I love garlic, but I think I have discovered that I am kind of a purist when it comes to hummus, and I have come to despise extra work in the kitchen so this is a winner. I did still make my own small batch of tahini with sesame seeds I toasted at home in a small skillet, which I added a little toasted sesame oil to in order to boost that flavor (personal preference), but other than the little skillet and spatula I used to stir the seeds around (takes 15 seconds to wash off and set to dry) no extra dishes were created because after scraped the tahini from my Vitamix blender I used it to start blending the chickpeas per the recipe. Fresh homemade tahini is way more delicious and preferable for me to struggling with the storebought stuff where you always have to figure out how to stir the oil on the top back into a firmly settled block of paste in the jar. The salt level was perfect. The lemon gave it brightness without being lemony or acidic. I tasted the subtleness of the chickpeas, (I love chickpeas), which pairs so well with a toasted sesame flavor. Good quality cumin & paprika (favorite spices of mine) and the new olive oil I just bought on top made it amazing! I don't actually own a food processor like the recipe instructs you to use (I know - you are probably shocked I do not own this fundamental tool because even non-cooks tend to have one on hand from their wedding registry or their parents dumping their old one on them). After tediously scraping another batch of hummus out of the blender jar, my husband is actually making me spend the money on one, so this recipe may be a turning point in making a lot of cooking efforts easier for me, actually - hope he doesn't mind cleaning all the separate parts and scary-sharp blade - my main hesitation on owning one before - but it's his idea, hehe! I will repay his new frustration with more batches of fresh salsas and fresh fruit tarts now that chopping and blending pastry crust will take a fraction of the time to doing by hand. Thank you Milk Street!

Lynn D.

Christopher Kimble, you used to come to my hometown of MountainView, CA regularly to speak at a bookstore. On the same street of that bookstore is an Israeli restaurant with humus right in the name. It is my favorite humus by far, and this recipe allows me to make a close second fav. If you come back to MV, give the restaurant a try. They also import their pita dough from Israel.

Kimberly H.

This is the best. I've made hummus from canned beans, and it doesn't come close to this recipe. I will say soaking the chickpeas for 24 hours really changes things for the better. I normally do 12 hours (I am usually very impatient), but totally forgot about my chickpeas, therefore they got the full day soak. It's the best! I also highly recommend Tarazi Tahini. In my opinion, if you like hummus, this should be a staple in your kitchen.

Emily L.

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Diana L.

The best hummus I have ever had. So delicious. I cannot stop eating it. THANK YOU!

Keith H.

Just made this version today....from now on it will be my go to. I hate to admit I only had "dry" still worked. This is THE BEST HUMMUS I've made, period. It was worth the "work." It compares to a hummus introduction I had in 1994 near the campus of NC State University.

paul g.

A Lebanese friend showed me how she places the cooked chickpeas in a bowl of water and rubs the beans between her hand to loosed the skins. It's become part of my hummus making ritual, as it yields such a creamy light texture.

Robert S.

I've made hummus a couple of times using canned chickpeas, but I have to say that this recipe is truly A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. It's so easy and very addictive. My wife and I made it for Super Bowl Sunday. We will have to put this into our regular rotation.

Robert S.

Update: I had some left over and used it as a sauce for pasta. Excellent!

Megan B.

I soaked too many beans. Can anyone give an estimate of the weight of soaked beans I should use in this recipe.

April D.

Megan - the weight of the dry chickpeas to start with is 8 ounces, or 226 grams. In volume, that is almost one cup of dry chickpeas, slightly mounded. Let us know if that helps!
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Anne P.

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