A beloved middle eastern garlic, sesame and chickpea puree traditional made with olive oil – to keep it lighter and lower fat, I have used water instead of olive oil; you can adjust the recipe ingredients to your taste.  This is a spiced lower fat recipe that keeps the flavour.

  • Prep 5 mins
  • Cook Time 0
  • Difficulty Low
  • Servingapprox. 2 cups
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  • 1 can chickpeas - 1 ½ cups | 15oz | 425g
  • ¼ cup water OR Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 1 lemon juice - 3-4tbsp
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 -2 garlic - crushed - optional

Spices + Seeds

  • 1 tsp Aleppo Chilli Flakes
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Sumac
  • 20 grinds Black Pepper
  • Black + White Sesame Seeds




DRAIN + RINSE canned chickpeas in a colander.


ADD ALL BASE ingredients into a food processor – blend to form a smooth paste


TASTE adjust to your tastes – add spices if you are using them.  Blend then TASTE, adjust.


SERVE with veg sticks, crudites, crackers, bread, toast.  slaws, salads, simple crispy salad, veggie bowls, grains,


STORE in the fridge covered.  

Tips + Suggestions

SWAP chickpeas for other cooked beans – the flavour will change.


MAKE YOUR OWN cooked chickpeas or chana dal = split chickpeas in the instant pot or on the stovetop.


SWAP tahini for other nuts and seed butter – the flavour will change; you may need to add salt.