Real Israeli Hummus

My family always loves to make this Real Israeli Hummus! It is great as a snack or a side dish.

I have always liked hummus, and my family has been eating it for years. However, in 2019 my husband and I traveled to Israel and Jordan with my two youngest children! 

We absolutely loved the real israeli hummus we had! It obviously tasted like the hummus we had always eaten but somehow better…

After returning home, we have tried to recreate more of the middle eastern food we ate in Israel. Some of it tastes great, but some leaves us wishing we still in Israel eating thing!

A few months ago I found a recipe from that claimed to taste like real israeli hummus. I decided to give it a try!

After some modifications, my family has decided that this recipe is the closest thing we have tried to the real deal!

Make sure you use the best Olive Oil possible and add anything else you like in your hummus!


Dr. Michelle 

Real Israeli Hummus

Dr. Michelle Jorgensen
Hummus has become extremely popular, and I have been enjoying it for several years now. However, when my family went to Israel, we had amazing hummus there! This recipe tastes just like that hummus.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Israeli, Middle Eastern


  • 1 Can (15 oz) Chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 tsp  Baking Soda 
  • 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 1 Garlic Clove, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Tahini or more as needed
  • 2-4 Tbsp Ice Water
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 Tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil


  • Place the chickpeas in a pan with the baking soda. Cover with several inches of water. Boil over high heat for 20 min. until they are quite soft.  Drain and rinse with cool water. 
  • While cooking, combine the lemon juice, garlic, and salt in a food processor or high-powered blender. Process until the garlic is very finely chopped, then let the mixture rest 10 min. so the garlic flavor can mellow.
  • Add the tahini to the food processor and blend until the mixture is thick and creamy.
  • While running the food processor, drizzle in 2 T ice water. Scrape down the food processor, and blend until the mixture is ultra-smooth, pale, and creamy. 
  • Add the cumin and the drained, over-cooked chickpeas to the food processor. While blending, drizzle in the olive oil. Blend until the mixture is super smooth,  about 2 minutes. Add more ice water by the T if needed for a creamy texture.
  • Taste, and adjust salt or lemon juice if needed.
  • Scrape the hummus into a serving bowl or platter, and make swooshes on top. Top with extra olive oil, sumac, paprika, or herbs if desired.  
Keyword Hummus, Olive Oil, Real, Tahini


My name is Dr. Michelle Jorgensen. I know how important food for helping you live well! That’s why I am dedicated to providing delicious and nutritious recipes for you!

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