What Is Hummus

Stephanie Stiavetti
So, what is hummus?

If you are wondering, "what is hummus?", then you have come to the right place. Hummus is a delicious, healthy snack made from mashed chick peas. If you have ever eaten in a Middle Eastern restaurant, you've probably already had hummus.

What is Hummus

Hummus is a dish that originated in the Middle Eastern part of the world. While hummus is made from several ingredients, the primary ingredient in hummus is chickpeas. Chickpeas are popular all over the world and in some places they are also called garbanzo beans. Chickpeas are a high protein legume that has been cultivated in the Middle East for thousands of years.

At its very core, hummus is a dip or spread that you serve with other foods. It generally contains chickpeas, tahini (also known as Sesame seed butter), lemon juice, salt, garlic, olive oil and paprika. All of the ingredients are ground down to smooth paste and then seasoned to taste. Below you will find a simple and delicious hummus recipe, but for now let's learn a little bit more about this tasty treat.

What to Do with Hummus

Now that you have answered the question "what is hummus?" What can you do with this delicious snack? Well first off, hummus is commonly served with falafel, a spicy Middle Eastern dish that is also made of chickpeas. It can also be used to coat spicy meats, since the coolness of the spread helps to tame hot ingredients.

You can also dip all sorts of wonderful things in hummus. It is particularly popular with fresh vegetables, and it is common to serve them together as an appetizer at a party. Here are a few foods that you can dip in hummus for delicious combination:

  • Carrot sticks
  • Celery sticks
  • Broccoli florets
  • Radishes
  • Cauliflower florets
  • Green beans
  • Pea pods
  • Jicama
  • Leeks
  • Bread
  • Lamb
  • Chicken
  • Chips
  • Pita bread

A few other things you can do with hummus are:

  • Spread it on a sandwich
  • Top your favorite meat dish
  • Toss a dollop on a salad
  • Serve it on falafel

A Simple Hummus Recipe

If you want to learn to make hummus at home, it's very easy. In fact, you can make up big bowl of hummus in less than five minutes! Hummus is a quick, easy and healthy snack that will bring a little of the Middle East to your home. This makes a great appetizer of light afternoon snack when you don't want something very heavy before dinner.Ingredients:

Hummus is a great party dish!
  • 2 cups canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon pinch paprika


  1. After you've drained and rinsed chickpeas, add all ingredients to the carafe of a blender.
  2. Blend all ingredients until completely smooth.
  3. Scoop the hummus into a bowl and drizzle a small amount of olive oil over the top. Sprinkle with a pinch of paprika to add some color.
  4. Served with your choice of raw vegetables, such as carrots, broccoli, celery or whatever you like. Hummus will keep in the fridge for up to a week if kept in an airtight jar.

More Information

Below you will find some wonderful hummus recipes that will cause you to fall in love with this Middle Eastern treat. Enjoy!

What Is Hummus