Ultimate Hummus Recipe (including sesame-free option)

Ultimate Hummus Recipe (including sesame-free option)

This hummus is well worth the effort! It’s given in big-batch quantities so you can make it at the weekend to have for lunchboxes and other meals throughout the week.

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Middle Eastern and Moroccan


  • lunches
  • sides-light-meals-and-salads


  • 800g dried chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • 2 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 8 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 400ml/500g tahini (if you need sesame-free then use sunflower seed butter instead eg Meridian, Indigo, Biona, Sun & Seed, Carley’s)
  • 200ml olive oil
  • 150ml water
  • 200ml lemon juice
  • Pinch cumin
  • 2 tsp salt


  1. Dry fry the chickpeas in the bicarbonate of soda for a couple of minutes, then cover with water and cook until slightly soft but still with some bite (you’ll need to check to get the right texture as you don’t want the chickpeas to be slushy, more on the slightly firm side).
  2. Remove any chickpea skins and foam from the water.
  3. Drain the water and leave the chickpeas to cool.
  4. Add all the ingredients to the blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  5. Taste and add more salt if necessary.

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