Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Jiddo's Hummus Bi Tahini

My late father-in-law excelled at making soups and baked beans, but his Hummus Bi Tahini is my favorite. I've never tasted better hummus than his version of this classic Arabic dip, a blend of chickpeas and sesame paste. Delicious, nutritious, and easy, this appetizer/side dish is great for the holidays, a nice break from all those cream-laden dips packed with calories. Be sure to use good quality tahini, and try not to eat it all before you serve it!

Mix in Blender:
1 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 cup plain low fat yogurt
2 Tbs. vegetable oil
Salt and freshly ground white pepper
2-3 Tbs. lemon juice
1 large garlic clove, put through press

Transfer mixture from blender to bowl. Add about ¾ cup Sesame Tahini, a little at a time, stirring well to desired thickness. Adjust seasonings to taste. Garnish with parsley, toasted pine nuts, and/or a scattering of chickpeas. Serve with crackers, pita bread, and/or crudités.


  1. Oh, yummy. I've wanted a recipe for home made hummus. We love it as a Sunday afternoon snack. Will be trying this real soon.

  2. Dawn, once I tasted this hummus, I never cared much for any of the flavored ones. Of course, it can be tailored to anyone's preference, but I suggest trying it 'as is' first. Enjoy!

  3. Sounds great... will try this one for sure. Off to write ingredients on my shopping list. Thanks Pat!

  4. This sounds great! I never thought about a hummus dip before. I'm going to copy down the recipe to make for my family's next get together. This sounds good!

  5. Enjoy, ladies! Thanks for visiting.

  6. Maybe this will be the one to convince me to like hummus? LOL..I'm not familiar with tahini. Is that an herb? Thanks.

  7. Hi JQ! Tahini is simply a paste made from sesame seeds. Like peanut butter. It's a common ingredient in Middle Eastern cooking, one a nice Irish girl like me never heard of until I married into a family of Middle Eastern descent. You should be able to find it in the ethnic section of your grocery store, or perhaps a health food store. I hope you try it. It's good!

  8. Just made this hummus and it was delicious!!! I'm going to try making my own Tahini if I can't source any locally, I'll let you know how it goes!!

    1. So glad you like it, Dawn. I love it! My father-in-law was a pretty good cook, made good soup, but his Hummus was his best dish, IMHO. Where did you find the tahini? Is it hard to come by in Waterford? I've never tried making my own, as we have several different kinds here.

  9. Pat this is a staple in our house... along with baba ganoush and Spanish Eggplant. The Bi in the title means "with" in both Arabic and Hebrew. LOL

  10. Ooh, I'd like to know about the Spanish Eggplant, Nora. Share!?!? And thanks for stopping by!