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Hummus Contest winners

We asked you to send us your own hummus recipes, and, I'll tell you something, we were we excited to try them all! After careful deliberation and injestion, we've picked our two favorites. Something that they have in common is the use of fresh or toasted sesame seeds. Enjoy, and thank you! Your recipes were really sooo good!

Our picks for best original hummus recipe!

Spicy roasted garlic hummus recipe :

  • 2 cans chickpeas
  • 1 whole head of garlic roasted and removed from skin
  • 2-4 tablespoons of tahini
  • Juice from 2 lemons
  • 1/3 cup extra virigin olive oil
  • Handful fresh parley, roughly chopped
  • Sesame seeds for garnish
  • Spices: 5 dried red chilis (most of the seeds removed), 1-2 Tbs cumin, salt to taste

* Best overall

"Hey Moti! I really liked your recipe. Here is my hummus recipe. It's slightly different from yours, but people go nuts for it. I usually serve it with toasted whole wheat pita, fresh vegetable crudite, or hearty rye crackers. Enjoy!"


To roast the garlic, take one whole head and slice the top 1/4th of it off, just to expose a bit of the meat. Place it in a pouch of tin foil & drizzle it with olive oil. Close up the pouch and roast it in a 375ºF oven for about 45 minutes. In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, chilis, tahini and cumin. Stream in olive oil until you get the consistency that you like. At this point, be sure to stop and taste the hummus to see if it needs more spices. Add salt and purée one last time. Empty the contents into a large bowl & stir in the chopped parsley with a spoon. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of sesame seeds, and a little bit of parsley.

Red pepper flakes & toasted sesame hummus recipe :
  • 2 cans of garbanzo beans
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic, smashed
  • 3/4 cup of tahini
  • 1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon Juice
  • Spices: red pepper flakes, salt to taste

* Most spicy

"The Secret to this recipe is quality pita. Do not use Aladdin pita bread. The best bread I have ever had is from the Sahara Restaraunt in Brooklyn, NY"

—Anonymous, Brooklyn, NY

Dump 1 can of garbanzo beans including liquid into blender. Add the other can of beans, reserving the liquid. Add the garlic and lemon juice. Add tahini add toasted sesame seeds and a flick of the red pepper flakes, and blend. If it looks too thick, add some of the saved liquid from the can of garbanzo beans. After it's blended, sprinkle with more pepper flakes. Serve on a salad made of lettuce, pickle, pepperochini, roasted red peppers in oil, olives and roddichio with pita bread on the side.

Original recipe :
  • 1/2 pound of dry garbanzo beans, soaked overnight
  • Tahini (sesame paste)
  • 3-4 cloves of fresh garlic
  • 1 pepperocini and brine from jar
  • Juice of 1 lemon Juice
  • Spices: cumin, corriander, salt, chilis, etc. to taste
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