The secret to perfect hummus every time? Making it yourself

Hummus may just be a side dish, but it's versatility is enough to make it a main dish in itself

We at have written about quite a number of restaurants where hummus plays an integral role in the menu—from the newest grab-and-go concept in Bonifacio Global City, Medley Mediterranean where hummus brings out the flavor of a lot of dishes, to Café Med’s hummus bowls which helps support those affected by wars in the Mediterranean.

But besides these dining establishments, did you know that hummus is very easy to make? All you need is a food processor, a good amount of chickpeas, and the ability to adjust accordingly using spices to your desired taste and consistency.


1 1/2 cups chickpeas, cooked
1 tbsp. garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. tahini (optional)
1 tsp. ground cumin
Salt, to taste
1/4 tsp. paprika


  1. In a food processor, purée the chickpeas and garlic with olive oil, lemon juice, tahini (optional), cumin, and 3/4 teaspoon salt until smooth and creamy. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water as necessary to achieve the desired consistency.
  2. Transfer to a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika before serving.

This story originally appeared in Southern Living Recalibrate Issue.

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