Creamy Home-Made Hummus

You don’t think of having pureed chickpeas while you’re lounging on the sandy beaches of Hawaii, but I would like to show you a different side of Hawaii.
Mom’s been asking me to teach her how to make hummus for a while now, and with her recent kitchen upgrade of a new Kitchen-Aid and food-processor-she has been like a kid in a candy store.
The true magic of this luscious dip is the organic local lemons that a wonderful new friend graciously gave to us at the farmers market. Only in Hawaii. They were tart and full of juice. That’s how it is on the islands, you smile, show your Aloha, open your heart and people give you things they make…things they grow. Things they spent time and energy and love on. That is what it’s about, people!
Fresh hummus has no comparison to the store-bought. It’s cheaper and the flavor is addictive. As long as you have some sort of food processor, a can of beans and know where the peanut-butter aisle’re good to go!
Creamy Home-Made Hummus


  • 1 can garbanzo beans or chickpeas, drained and 1/4c of liquid reserved
  • 1/4 c tahini paste
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1 Tb cumin
  • 1-2 tsp paprika (plus more for garnish)
  • 1 Tb olive oil (plus more for garnish)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Small bunch of parsley, chopped (for garnish)


  1. This is a pretty easy dish to make, however is really about pureeing a lot and tasting several times.
  2. In a food processor fitted with a metal attachment, add in beans, reserved liquid, garlic and tahini. Puree until smooth.
  3. Add spices, olive oil and lemon juice. Puree until very smooth and NO lumps.
  4. Taste for texture and flavor.
  5. Do you want more tahini for nuttiness?
  6. More salt?
  7. More paprika for heat? Is it too sticky or dry? Add a drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice.
  8. Mixture should be very creamy and full of fresh flavor.
  9. To plate on a platter, spoon the hummus in the center of plate and use the back of the spoon to make a well in the center. Drizzle with olive oil, a dusting of paprika and garnish with fresh chopped parsley.
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