Kyle’s Kitchen

How to Make Hummus From Scratch

6 servings


2 hours 15 minutes

total time


1 cup chickpeas* ((uncooked / dry))

1 strip kombu ((seaweed for improved digestion // optional))

1/4 tsp baking soda ((for creamier texture // optional))

3 cloves garlic ((crushed + skins removed))

1/3 cup tahini

2 Tbsp lemon juice

3/4 tsp sea salt

1 Tbsp olive oil ((if avoiding oil, sub water or more lemon juice))

1 Dash garlic powder ((optional))

1/4 cup fresh herbs ((such as cilantro, parsley, or basil // optional))

Pita chips


Red bell pepper


Add (uncooked) chickpeas to a large pot and cover with 2 inches water. Bring to a boil over high heat and boil for 1 minute. Then cover, remove from heat, and let sit for 1 hour. This is a quick method. Alternatively, soak overnight or at least 6 hours in cool water.

Drain and rinse chickpeas and add back to the pot. Cover with 2 inches water and add kombu (optional) for improved digestibility and baking soda (optional) for creamier texture (a reader tip!).

Bring to a boil. Then reduce to a simmer and cook uncovered for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until tender (but not mushy). Remove kombu and discard. Drain. NOTE: You can optionally remove the skins from the beans at this point for creamier texture, but we don't have the patience for that.

Add cooked chickpeas to a food processor or high-speed blender (a blender will get creamier texture!) along with garlic, tahini, lemon juice, sea salt, and olive oil (or water). Blend until creamy and smooth, scraping down sides as needed.

At this point, you can add garlic powder and herbs (optional). Blend and taste. Adjust flavor as needed, adding more salt for saltiness, lemon juice for acidity, garlic for “zing,” tahini for nuttiness, or fresh herbs for color and herbal flavor.

If the hummus is quite thick, add water (or additional oil) to thin until a creamy dip has formed. Enjoy as is with vegetables, pita, or crackers. Leftovers will keep stored in the refrigerator up to 1 week (not freezer friendly — best when fresh).

6 servings


2 hours 15 minutes

total time
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