Hummus – Arabic Chickpea Dip

Staying in UAE, Arabic food comes like normal to all of us, even though many of us may not cook their food much at home. Each time, we are out, the first thing I would want is the kebabs from any Lebanese food joinery for sure. Nothing can beat the satisfaction of eating the juicy succulent kebabs so well grilled… yummm…. always served with loads of salad, “khubz” (Arabic bread) and hummus…


Hummus is something that we make very frequently at home. Anytime we fry or grill chicken, hummus has to be there. In fact, it is easier to make than have a gravy go alongside with it. The combination of “khubz”, hummus and fried chicken is amazing. My kids normally don’t need any accompaniments for hummus. All I have to do is give it to them in bowls and watch with a smile, the way they scoop it up into their mouth and mess up their whole face… πŸ™‚




Updated with new pictures and recipe of June 11, 2017: Hummus is something that I make at home so regularly, that it makes me cringe that I have not updated it with new pictures earlier than this! Better now than never, right? I have also given a little update in the recipe. I add cumin now which I used to not add previously and am so loving the taste!Β The beauty about hummus is that it goes with khubz, with sticks of vegetables like carrots and cucumber and even with some grilled chicken! My favorite combination with hummus is this peppery grill chicken – really amazing! πŸ™‚ This recipe also has a video on YouTube as well…


Below is the old click… you may understand why I am cringing? πŸ˜€




Hummus - Arabic Chickpea Dip

Course Dips
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 1/2 cup dry chickpeas washed and soaked in lots of water overnight
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 4 tbsp tahini paste sesame seeds paste
  • 1 tbsp paprika powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • Salt as required
  • Olive oil as required


  • Pressure cook the chickpeas in little water (do not add too much water, just level should do) with the garlic and salt till well cooked.
  • Drain and allow to cool. Reserve the water for grinding.
  • In a grinder, add the cooked chickpeas, garlic, the tahini paste, paprika powder, cumin powder, a glug olive oil, salt and little of the water in the cooker and blend together into a very thick paste.
  • If you face difficulty in blending, add a little more water.
  • Scrape into a serving bowl and serve with a splash of paprika and olive oil drizzled on top!


I normally use my large grinder of my Prithi mixer and do the grinding in two trips.
The amount of the tahini paste,cumin and paprika is totally upto your like. We like to have the tahini taste so we add more.
For a slightly tangy version, add the juice of a lime at the end and mix well.
If you are using tinned chickpeas, you can use raw garlic while grinding. It doesn't make much different to taste.


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  1. Rafeeda, my husband can live on that bowl and a few neat grills. Just finished Sunday hummus now. Hope you are also done with it.

    1. thank you so much sebeena…

  2. well..never liked it while we were "just landed" here..but now…its soo much a part of our family. even our boys like it.

    1. my umma was in the same category… now we all can have hummus with anything… πŸ™‚

  3. Hummus with pita chips i can die for, love this dip very much. Just need a pita bread,falafel to make a filling sandwich with this hummus.

    1. thank you so much priya akka…

  4. I love this dip too. Looks delicious Rafee. Thank you for sharing the recipe πŸ™‚

    1. thank you so much rekha… πŸ™‚

    1. thank you so much sona… πŸ™‚

  5. yummy dip…delicious with pita bread…bwn ur kids are too cute:)

    1. thank you so much prema… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  6. nicely done..yummy..

    1. thank you so much shanthi…

  7. I love Hummas & yours looks so creamy & yumm..

    1. thank you so much dear…

  8. Very yummy and delicious dip…

    1. thank you so much priya… πŸ™‚

  9. I love this too.. but haven't tried myself.. πŸ™‚

    1. thank you so much laxmi… πŸ™‚

  10. rafee i had my Mediterranean food at "Pinched" yesterday and my first choice of topping with pita&shawarma was this…simply delicious

    1. this is a must in middle eastern food… glad to know u enjoyed it… πŸ™‚

  11. yummy luking dish really

    1. thank u so much usha… πŸ™‚

  12. Our favourite….love hummus as well as moutabel!!

    1. thank you so much priya…

  13. Hummus is my favorite too with a dash of lime.

    1. thank you so much meena…

    1. thank u so much preety…

  14. Wow these were reallyey tempting

    1. thank you so much akila…

  15. I have a big tub of the storebought stuff in my fridge. I need to get the homemade going. Thank you girlie, for this easy recipe. Yours looks absolutely dipworthy!

    1. thank you so much tisa… πŸ™‚ u should go for homemade, if you are able to get hold of tahini paste, nothing can beat the taste…

  16. Delicious.One of the favorite from Arabic cuisine.

    1. thank u so much humi…

  17. Simply delicious..loved it….

    1. thank u so much niru…

  18. healthy dip..looks yummy

    1. thank you so much gayathri…

  19. Love this dip much !

    1. thank you so much sangeetha…

  20. i often make this..its my husband's fav dip:)

    1. thank u so much rani…

  21. I can't make this as I don't have Prithi or Sumeet! heheh just joking :P..we love hoummous too, but I am so lazy to make tahini from scratch ( difficult to get tahini in shops here) so I usually omit that :-(..I like that swirls u make on the hoummous..I can never know how to make that!

    1. haha jehanne… u r so funny!!! i just meant a grinder… hehe… hmm… that's difficult, maybe i'l courier bottles of tahini sauce for you from here… πŸ™‚ those swirls just happened, i did nothing much… πŸ™‚

  22. Such a nice recipe:) Yummy and tempting:) Loved the clicks πŸ™‚
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    1. thank you so much shweta…

  23. such a lovely recipe…

    1. thank you so much saranya…

  24. Always love healthy dip! Yummy…

    1. thank you so much dear…

  25. Let me come there with my grilled platter Rafee πŸ™‚ The dip looks so very delish πŸ™‚ Love it!

    1. that would be great priya.. i'l keep some arabic bread ready then… πŸ˜‰

  26. I feel like grabbing this yummy dip. All time fav at ma home.

    1. Thank u so much chechi…

  27. Very delicious dip..

    1. Thank u so much nithya…

  28. Very healthy and delicious dip.

    1. thank you so much chandrani… πŸ™‚

  29. A very healthy dip ..looks awesome. I love to add a dash of lime juice.

    1. thank u so much dear…

  30. Rafee, This is one of our favorite dips too. And it is so easy to make.. – Sreelatha

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sree…

  31. LOL I totally understand the cringe! The new clicks are looking fresh and bright! Good work dear. I love hummus but never made more than once.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Oh really? :O Hummus keeps featuring on our tables all the time… the kids love them… Thanks a lot dear…

  32. I should stop buying hummus. Yours looks so nice and creamy. This is perfect for a vegetable dip or even some naan. Bookmark:-)

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I bet dear if you make them at home, you will never go back to the storebought version. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much Tisa dear…

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