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Simple Savory Hummus

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Recipe By Stefan Bulic


2 cups

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cooking Time

3 Minutes

Recipe By Stefan Bulic

No tahini in the house? No problem! This recipe creatively uses sesame seeds to get that classic tahini flavor into a truly simple and very savory hummus.

Serving Suggestions

Top (but do not mix in) with favorite salsa, chopped olives, bruschetta, sundried tomatoes, pine nuts, pomegranate seeds, or a mixture of paprika and Za'Atar Seasoning. Serve with pita chips, flat bread, pita bread, veggies, etc.

Recipe Notes

*You can use toasted sesame seeds and ground cumin instead, but we like the flavor impact of toasting and grinding the seeds fresh.


2 (15 oz.) cans garbanzo beans, drained

1 to 3 cloves garlic, chopped

juice of 1 large lemon

1/4 cup water

1 to 2 Tbsp. olive oil

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • White Sesame Seeds

    This seed has a light, nutty flavor. To release the oils and bring out a little more flavor, lightly toast the seeds in a dry pan briefly until the...

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  • Cumin Seeds (Organically Sourced)

    Cumin, also known as Comino, is native to the Nile valley in Egypt. It is now cultivated in other hot regions of India, the Mediterranean, and Nort...

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  • Ground Sumac Berries Spice

    Sumac comes from the fruit of a bush indigenous to the Middle East. The bush is actually a member of the cashew family and the fruit is used widely...

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Toast White Sesame Seeds and Cumin Seeds together in a small skillet over medium heat for 1 to 3 min. or until fragrant. Immediately transfer to a food processer or blender. Blend to desired consistency; pulse just a few times for a coarse grind, or for 30 seconds or so for a finer texture. Add garbanzo beans, garlic, lemon juice and water and blend until smooth. With blender running, slowly drizzle in oil until hummus reaches desired consistency. Sprinkle with Sumac and a drizzle of olive oil just before serving. Store in the refrigerator and use with a week or so.