Toasted Sesame and White Bean Hummus

June 27, 2012

Now I know “hummus” means chickpeas, but really we use the name for anything resembling a beany dip. I’ve tried many sorts of beans and the white (or white pea bean) really works for me. Instead of the usual smooth tahini, I’ve toasted sesame seeds, which gives this hummus a little crunch. For a spicy kick I also added some hot sauce. You could easily put more or less, depending on the level of hot that you enjoy. Also, the recipe yields 4 cups, which may seem like a lot, but trust me, you’ll go through it fast enough.


Flatbread Recipe Here
Unique clay platter by Big Hill Pottery.

Yields about 4 cups


• 2 cups dried white beans
• 1/2 cup olive oil
• 1/2 cup sesame seeds, toasted
• 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
• 6 tablespoons lemon juice ( about 2 lemons)
• 2 teaspoons hot sauce
• 3-4 garlic cloves, chopped
• salt

Soak the beans overnight.
Drain the beans and simmer in water for 45 minutes to an hour.
Strain and let cool for 10 minutes.
In a food processor mix the cooked beans, olive oil, sesame seeds, cumin seeds, lemon juice, hot sauce and garlic cloves. Whiz until smooth and thick.
Add more oil if too thick. Season with salt to taste.
Serve with flatbreads or crackers.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Rosemarie June 27, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Yum hummus – “the new peanut butter” and as Lucy says: “It’s tasty too!”


kale June 28, 2012 at 3:16 pm

I love a good white bean dip! And the fact that you add hot sauce? Respect!


Bryan June 28, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Thanks Kale, spicy is good!


Katie June 28, 2012 at 9:54 pm

I love those sesame seeds sprinkled on top of the hummus. What a beautiful looking addition!


Karista July 1, 2012 at 8:47 pm

I love a white bean hummus and adding the toasted sesame seeds makes this perfect! A lovely dish for summer snacking… with a glass of wine. 🙂 (or maybe a beer)


Bryan July 1, 2012 at 9:08 pm

I’m with you for the glass of wine!


Mike_NJ July 12, 2012 at 1:23 pm

How long could this be expected to keep in the fridge?


Bryan July 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Up to 3 days. If it seems a bit dry, add some oil, it will bring it back.


meatballs & milkshakes July 12, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Sounds delicious! I’ve had some beans waiting in the cabinet and I think this may have to happen this weekend!


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