Palestinian Hummus Recipe

Palestinian hummus is a traditional Palestinian dish made primarily from cooked, mashed chickpeas (garbanzo beans), blended with tahini (sesame paste), lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil. It is typically seasoned with salt, cumin, and sometimes paprika or other spices for added flavor. Palestinian hummus is known for its creamy texture and rich, nutty taste.

In Palestine, hummus is often served as an appetizer or snack, accompanied by fresh pita bread or vegetables for dipping. It’s also a common component of mezze spreads, which consist of various small dishes served as part of a larger meal. Hummus is widely popular not only in Palestine but also throughout the Middle East and beyond, appreciated for its delicious flavor and nutritional value.

palestinian hummus recipe


  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas (or 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed)
  • 1/2 cup tahini paste
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup ice water
  • 1-2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (optional)


  1. If you’re using dried chickpeas, soak them in water overnight. Drain the chickpeas, then cook them in a large pot of boiling water for about 1 hour, or until they’re soft.
  2. Drain and rinse the cooked chickpeas, then transfer them to a food processor.
  3. Add the tahini paste, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, and salt to the food processor.
  4. Process the mixture for 1-2 minutes, or until it’s smooth and creamy.
  5. While the food processor is running, slowly pour in the ice water. Continue to process the mixture until it’s well combined and has a creamy texture.
  6. Taste the hummus and adjust the seasoning as needed, adding more lemon juice, salt, or cumin if desired.
  7. Transfer the hummus to a serving bowl and drizzle the extra-virgin olive oil over the top.
  8. Garnish with chopped parsley, if desired.
  9. Serve the hummus with warm pita bread, fresh vegetables, or your favorite crackers.

Enjoy your delicious and authentic Palestinian hummus!

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