26 August 2011

Simple hummus

Summer time and the living is easy! Clearly, I've taken this to heart as I have not been blogging, or even really cooking, as of late. Though Paris in August is generally dead as all the locals empty out for their annual vacations, my month was pretty busy between work, organizing a bachelorette party and making a fun long weekend trip to Prague (more to come on this soon!).

At present, the easy living continues here in Atlanta, where Luis and I are spending a couple of weeks visiting my parents and brother. My mom is spoiling us with her great cooking, and between this and gorging on all of our American favorites that we can't get in France (Chipotle, Cheesecake Factory, cinnamon rolls, you name it!), neither of us has been very active in the kitchen since we arrived here (other than eating in it!). Today though, we were in the mood for something healthy and light, so Luis decided to whip up a batch of his delicious and ridiculously simple hummus. I love this hummus because it doesn't require any tahini (sesame paste), which we don't always have on hand. In fact, you probably have everything needed for this recipe right now...so give it a try!

Makes 2 cups

1 (16 ounce or 450 grams) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 small or 2 big cloves garlic, peeled
6 ounces (170 grams) Greek yogurt
Pinch of salt, to taste
Chili powder, to taste

1. Place the chickpeas, olive oil, garlic and yogurt into a food processor and process until you get a smooth paste.

2. Add salt and chili powder to taste.

3. Garnish with additional olive oil, chili powder (or paprika) and any fresh herbs that you like. Serve with toasted pita bread triangles or crudités of your choice.


  1. I adore hummus. Being a vegetarian, I eat it almost daily in one form or another.
    I have never tried making it with Greek yoghurt before...that's a nice twist! I love the bowl the hummus in your photo has been served in. Enjoy your visit with your family!

  2. Whew, I figured Atlanta would be crazy hot right now! I hope you're staying cool :) Just keep letting mom make yummy food. Best plan!

    Awesome hummus! Buzzed

  3. Wow your hummus is incredibly gorgeous!! Looks delicious too, I love all the flavors! :)

  4. Hi Ramya, glad you are enjoying your family and all the places we take for granted here in the States! Thanks for this recipe, I always thought you HAD to use tahini, and it looks great! Enjoy the rest of your Summer!

  5. I feel you on the summer and taking it easy thing. We've been so busy with warm weather activities I've hardly found to time to even enter my kitchen! That being said, this hummus looks wonderful- love how simple it is!!

  6. Hummus recipe without tahini?! Interesting! And I love so much hummus I'll have to try it! :)

  7. Can't wait to hear about Prague! And can't wait to try this hummus... it looks awesome!

  8. A perfect appetizer .. humus with pita bread and some chill beer. I never made hummus at home but really want to right now.

  9. Hi Ramiya-Just opened my computer and saw the photo of your hummus on the blogroll, and clicked right away!
    So nice that you are here in the states, visiting, can't wait to see your post about Prague!

    Good tip to substitute Greek yougurt for the tahini...although I'm never w/out tahini. It look mouthwatering and delicious. Love the finished look with the olive oil, and paprika topping...yumm!