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Hummus with Mellow Garlic & Cumin


Tahini blends with chickpeas, lemon, olive oil, and garlic to become the well-known Middle Eastern dip and spread known as hummus. Serve with seedless cucumber rounds or pita chips or triangles for dipping.

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  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 (15.5-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice; more to taste
  • 1 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt; more as needed


Servings 6
Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 15mins


Step 1

Combine 1/3 cup oil with the garlic and cumin in a small saucepan. Set over medium-low heat and cook until the garlic softens, about 3 minutes from when you can hear the garlic bubbling quickly. Don’t let the garlic brown. Take the pan off the heat and let cool completely.

Put the chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, soy sauce, and salt in a food processor. Use a fork to fish the softened garlic out of the oil and transfer it to the processor (reserve the oil). Turn the machine on, let it run for about 20 seconds, and then start slowly pouring the cumin oil through the machine’s feed tube. Be sure to scrape the pan with a rubber spatula to get all of the cumin and oil. Pour 1/4 cup cool water down the tube. Stop the machine, scrape the sides of the bowl, and continue processing until the hummus is creamy and almost smooth. Season to taste with more salt and lemon juice, if you like.

For best results, let the hummus sit at room temperature for an hour or two before serving so the flavors can meld. Or better yet, make it a day ahead, refrigerate it and return it to room temperature and adjust the seasonings before serving. To serve, spread hummus in a shallow dish and drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil.

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