By Camille Lorgnier


Want to prepare a homemade hummus for an aperitif but you are missing tahini? Here is the easy recipe to do without it!

In recent years, no aperitif can do without hummus. This delicious preparation based on chickpeas straight from the Middle East can be enjoyed on toast, various breads, with raw vegetables or falafels as an aperitif, but also in salads, to spread in the evening …

This very tasty mixture borrowed from Lebanese cuisine and composed mashed chickpeas and tahini is very easy to breed at home. If chickpeas are easily found in supermarkets, it is sometimes more complicated for tahini. Here’s how to prepare a delicious hummus without this element!

What is tahini?

Tahini, tahini or tahini is the secret ingredient in hummus to go from mashed chickpeas to a delicious spread with oriental flavors that will spice up all your aperitifs.

This preparation, which can also be used in other dishes to season them, consists of roasted sesame seeds then mixed with a little neutral oil (possibly a little sesame oil) and a little salt.

This sesame cream can be found ready-made in the supermarket, most often in product departments around the world but it is quite possible to make your own tahini, provided you have a blender. It is then kept for several days in the refrigerator in a jar.

Rich in calcium, this preparation can also improve your pasta dishes, fit into gratins, pizza base …

How to make homemade hummus?

To be able to make your homemade hummus, you absolutely have to have a blender powerful enough to puree the chickpeas with all the elements.

Here is the list of ingredients needed to make your hummus:

  • 150 g of dried chickpeas or in a jar
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 80 ml tahini
  • 50 ml lemon juice
  • a few tablespoons of olive oil
  • salt and pepper

If you choose dry legumes, you will need to let them soak overnight before cooking them the next day.

We put everything in the blender, we gradually add the cooking water that was used for the chickpeas and we mix until you get a creamy texture!

The advantage of making your own hummus is that you can season it to your liking, add basil, parsley, cilantro, chilli, paprika or make a variant from beetroot, sweet potato, lentils or carrots. The possibilities are limitless !

It should not be confused with baba ganousch, Lebanese food prepared from an eggplant puree and which is just as good!

The quick recipe for hummus without tahini

On your last trip to the supermarket, couldn’t get your hands on tahini and you don’t have time to prepare some before making your homemade hummus? Don’t panic, there are simple alternatives!

To make hummus without sesame puree, we can simply replace it with sesame oil, which may be lying around in your cupboards!

Ditto if you have a few sesame seeds, just add them when blending and possibly roast them beforehand to give them more flavor. Those in a hurry will find grilled sesame ready in store.

If you have cumin, it will also add some pep to your mashed chickpeas to turn it into gluten-free hummus.

For example, we can mix together:

  • 400g cooked chickpeas
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 25 ml olive oil
  • Pinch of salt

It only remains to serve it, add a few chickpeas, a little oil, a little extra seasoning, a good eggplant caviar and to to enjoy it with pita bread or with a little Lebanese yogurt for example! Enjoy your meal.

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