Recipes | November 25, 2016  | by  Shari Broder | 0 COMMENT

Shari's Hummus

I've tried making hummus any number of ways, and this is the preparation I like the best. I almost always have some hummus on hand for lunch or snacks.


  • 3 large cloves of garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup tahini (sesame paste), more to taste
  • 1/4 cup (80ml) freshly-squeezed lemon juice, more to taste
  • 1 cup (150g) dried chickpeas, cooked until fairly soft. Reserve about ½ cup of the liquid. (can substitute 2 cups (350g) drained canned chickpeas) SEE NOTE BELOW.
  • 1/8- 1/4 teaspoon chile powder or Peruvian”aji panca” or other hot sauce (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste, preferably kosher or sea salt
  • 6 tablespoons (or more) of chickpea liquid, as needed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, if needed


  1. With the food processor going, toss the garlic in, one clove at a time, through the feed tube. Add salt, tahini, lemon juice, chick peas and chili powder or hot sauce, and cumin. Puree until smooth, which might be 30-60 seconds.
  2. Taste, and add more lemon juice or salt if desired, and either the olive oil or chick pea liquid until it reaches a thick, but spreadable consistency.

Serve with pita chips, raw vegetables (I love sugar snap peas) or whole wheat crackers. OR use it as a sandwich spread with grated carrots, sliced cucumbers, olive tapenade, avocado, or whatever you like!


USING DRIED v. CANNED CHICK PEAS: You get a better result if you cook your own chickpeas.  It takes about 1 cup (150g) of dried chickpeas to make 2 cups (350g) of cooked ones. Soak overnight in enough water to cover plus two inches, and add a teaspoon of salt. Then drain them and add fresh water to cook. Put in a 3 quart saucepan with enough water to cover by a couple of inches. Cook them until soft, around 45 minutes in plenty of water with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of salt. For very smooth hummus, removing the skins after they are cooked will yield a smoother dip. I rarely bother to do this.

Soom is my favorite brand of tahini, made by a woman-owned company. Buy on Use any brand you like.

About the author 

Shari Broder

My mission is to help foodies ditch dieting and lose the weight for good. Discover what is really causing your weight issues (it isn't that you love food!), and learn how to stop obsessing about food and make peace with food and eating. Get off the diet hamster wheel once and for all and learn to eat consciously, stop emotional eating and enjoy the foods you love while permanently losing your desire to overeat.

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Meet Shari

I am passionate about helping women lose weight without dieting by teaching them how to trust their inner wisdom and make peace with food and eating.  I love teaching women how to get off the diet hamster wheel by learning how to eat consciously, stop emotional eating and enjoy foods they love while losing their desire to overeat along with their excess weight.