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a piece of bread dunked into a creamy hummus swirled onto a plate with olive oil, paprika, parsley

5-Minute Homemade Hummus

Nisha Vora
A gourmet classic hummus recipe using canned chickpeas. It takes 5 minutes to make and is incredibly creamy and rich yet still fluffy, not at all dry or grainy.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 1.5 cups


  • 1 (15-ounce / 440g) can chickpeas, (or 1 ¾ cups (260-280g) chickpeas cooked from scratch)
  • 1/3 cup (75g) good-quality tahini*
  • 1 medium lemon, juiced (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon ground cumin (start with 1/2 tsp, add more as you like)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 4 - 6 tablespoons ice water

For serving

  • good-quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small handful chopped parsley (optional)
  • paprika (optional)


  • Add the chickpeas to a food processor and blend for 1-2 minutes until you have a paste-like puree, scraping down the sides with a silicone spatula as needed.
  • Add the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, salt, and several cracks of black pepper. Start blending, and with the motor running, stream in the ice water, a tablespoon at a time, until the hummus is thick yet smooth and creamy. Taste for seasonings and add more salt, lemon juice, garlic, or cumin as needed. If the hummus is still too thick for your liking, add a tablespoon or two more of ice water.
  • Transfer the hummus to a plate or shallow bowl and use the back of a spoon to create a shallow well in the center. When ready to serve, drizzle the hummus generously with the olive oil. If desired, sprinkle paprika on top and a small handful of chopped parsley.
    NOTE: for the best results and if you're not in a rush to eat the hummus immediately, cover the hummus with plastic wrap to keep it from drying out and let it rest for 30 minutes before serving.
  • Store hummus in an airtight container for up to 1 week. If you didn't already add the olive oil, pour a thin layer of olive on top of the hummus to keep it moist.


*My recommended tahini brands are Soom Foods (available on Amazon, affiliate link) and Seed & Mill (available at Whole Foods or at their website). And the Whole Foods 365 brand is a pretty good affordable option. I also recently tried Baron’s tahini and thought it was quite good, but haven’t used it as frequently as the other brands. 
Keyword gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free
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