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Healthy Hummus Using Sesame Seeds is a perfect dip for Falafel, Pita Bread, Salad, Pita Chips, and Crackers.

Making hummus is also very easy. Just boil the chickpeas and add some spices and herbs and a delicious dip is ready. No more cooking is required. If you have boiled chickpeas then this delectable hummus gets ready in just 5 minutes.

This hummus recipe also uses a secret ingredient. Want to know what is it? Ok, guess till you find it in the post below.


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Healthy Hummus Using Sesame Seeds

Normally, hummus is made with boiled chickpeas to which tahini is added. In this recipe, instead of tahini, I added toasted sesame seeds and the result is excellent. I did that as sesame seeds are almost always in my pantry but not tahini. So, instead of buying tahini or making it separately, I simply added sesame seeds.

Now hummus is very common in my house but until many years back, I had no idea what hummus was. But thanks to my foodie husband who loves to experiment with different cuisines. During one of his official tours, he had hummus and when back demanded to have it. It was a new name for me. Then I flipped pages of different cookbooks I had, (as the internet was not there) and tried hummus for the first time. Since it has lots of garlic, therefore, it is loved by my children also as they are real garlic fans.

What Is Hummus? What Is It Made Of?

Hummus is a Middle Eastern and Arabic food dip. As green chutney (coriander dip) is very common in Indian households, the same way hummus is in the Middle East and Arabic Countries. Though of Arab origin but is now liked and eaten all over the world. And why not? Especially when it is so easy to make and is loaded with nutrition.

Hummus is made from cooked and mashed chickpeas. Yes, the same chickpeas which are made in every Indian house by the name Chhole or Chana Masala. The same chickpeas is turned into a healthy dip.

Hummus With Or Without Tahini?

A very important ingredient in making hummus, other than chickpeas is Tahini dip. Again Tahini is a Middle Eastern dip. What is Tahini? Tahini is nothing but a paste of sesame seeds. We may or may not have tahini dip in our house but we do have sesame seeds especially in winters. I always use sesame seeds only while making hummus. And we all know that sesame seeds are one of the richest sources of calcium. 

Thanksgiving For A Secret Ingredient In My Hummus Recipe

This recipe of hummus has a secret ingredient that takes it to another level. Before disclosing that ingredient, I would like to mention little about it. A few days back, my friend Sarika Nanda, gifted me 2 homemade dips. One was hummus and the other was mayonnaise. She herself had made both the dips as she is an excellent cook too. When my children tasted these dips, especially hummus, they went crazy. They liked it a lot. As the ingredients of hummus are more or less fixed only, so I thought that maybe its because of a different ratio of ingredients.  When I asked her I just couldn’t believe what she told me. She said that she added a secret ingredient to her hummus and that made all the difference.

Can you guess what that secret ingredient was? It was roasted and ground cumin seeds! Cumin seeds in hummus? That was really very surprising. But the fact is that it did lend an extraordinary taste to this hummus. Thank you so much Sarika for this great secret.

Ever since then I have started adding this to hummus. It is not mandatory to add cumin seeds but I request you to give it a try.

Is Hummus Healthy?

Chickpeas also known as Garbanzo beans is a very healthy legume that comes with a full package of protein, vitamins, minerals and fibre. Hummus, being made from chickpeas, comes with all these benefits and the additional advantages of sesame seeds and garlic.

How To Eat Hummus?

You can serve hummus with a variety of things like Falafel, pita bread, pita chips, salad or just crackers.

Hummus Recipe From Scratch

I am sharing the recipe of hummus from scratch, that is, starting from raw chickpeas. This is because canned chickpeas are rarely bought here.

Here, I would like to add one important thing. When using raw chickpeas, do soak these for a minimum of 6 to 8 hours. Soaking is necessary not just to make them tender but is important from a health point of view too.

Must read: Why Soaking Legumes Is Necessary?

Though it tastes very good but if you have never had it or are skeptical then next time you make Chholey then reserve some boiled chickpeas and give this recipe a try.

Tip To make Hummus Fluffy

Reserve the water in which chickpeas are boiled. Now, while grinding chickpeas, instead of adding this water at a time, add it little at a time and blend it for a little longer time. The end result will be a fluffier hummus.

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Healthy Hummus Using Sesame Seeds

Healthy and nutritious Hummus, a Mediterranean dip, normally made with chickpeas and tahini dip, is too simple to make. You don't have Tahini Paste? No problem. Instead of Tahini, this recipe uses sesame seeds, easily available in all households

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword Chickpeas Dip, Hummus
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Soaking Time 8 hours
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Author Samira Gupta


  • My 1 Cup measures 250 ml

For Hummus

  • 1/2 Cup 100 g Chickpeas
  • 2 Tbsp Sesame Seeds (White)
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt as per taste
  • Black Pepper As per taste
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 or 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 teaspoon Roasted And Ground Cumin Seeds (Optional)

For Garnishing

  • 1/4 teaspoon Paprika/Chilli Flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil


  1. Wash chickpeas and soak in enough water for 6 to 8 hours or overnight. Take enough water as chickpeas absorb a lot of water. If you find that they have soaked all the water after an hour or so then add more water.
  2. Boil chickpeas in the pressure cooker till soft and tender.
  3. While the chickpeas are boiling, roast sesame seeds. For roasting, put sesame seeds in a pan and roast on medium flame till colour changes a little. Do not turn them dark brown.
  4. Once boiled, let the chickpeas cool down. Reserve the water in which chickpeas were boiled.
  5. In the blender, take boiled and cooled chickpeas, roasted sesame seeds, roughly chopped garlic, lemon juice, roasted and ground cumin seeds, salt and pepper and blend to a smooth paste. If difficult to grind then add little chickpeas stock (water in which these were boiled). Blend it for a minute or so till smooth and velvety.

  6. While serving sprinkle paprika/chilli flakes and drizzle little olive oil.
  7. Serve with falafel or pita bread.
  8. You can also serve hummus with crackers or with salad.
  9. You can store this hummus in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can use Tahini dip (1 tablespoon) in place of sesame seeds.
  2. If you are not very fond of garlic then take only 1 clove of it.
  3. Cumin seeds is optional but it does lend a very good taste to hummus.
  4. Add olive oil liberally.

Detailed Recipe Of Healthy Hummus With Step By Step Pics

  • Wash chickpeas thoroughly and soak these in ample water for 6 to 8 hours.

Before Soaking

  • Once soaked they get almost double in size.

After Soaking

  • Now boil these till soft and tender, for approximately 15 minutes.
  • While the chickpeas are boiling, roast sesame seeds.

  • Take all the ingredients and put them in the blender.

  • Blend for 2-3 minutes till smooth and creamy.
  • Drizzle olive oil, sprinkle paprika and serve.

  • Or with Pita Bread…


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