As an amateur chef, I am always trying to create authentic Jerusalem-style Palestinian recipes, and who doesn’t love hummus?! So, after a ton of trial and error, I want to share my version of this recipe with all of you so you can experience the same joy I did.

This recipe is simple, yet delicious, and it’s perfect for those who love the taste of chickpeas and tahini. The secret to this recipe is the addition of Jerusalem-style spices, which gives it a unique and irresistible taste.


  • 1 lb dried chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Soak the chickpeas in water overnight. Drain and rinse the chickpeas.
  2. Add the chickpeas to a large pot and cover them with water. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and let them simmer for about an hour, or until they are very soft.
  3. Drain the chickpeas and reserve the cooking liquid.
  4. In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper. Process until smooth.
  5. If the hummus is too thick, add some of the reserved cooking liquid, a little at a time, until it reaches the desired consistency.
  6. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.
  7. Serve the hummus with warm pita bread and garnish with olive oil and parsley.

This recipe will yield about 4 servings. You can serve it as a side dish or as the main event! If you play around with the recipe and make it your own – great, just make sure you don’t call it hummus if you take out the chickpeas!

Jerusalem hummus
A typical late breakfast in a Palestinian home consists of hummus, yogurt, chopped fresh vegetables, and a proper dousing of olive oil and zaatar.

Jerusalem hummus is a delicious and classic dish. The addition of cumin and coriander in this hummus recipe gives it a warm and earthy flavor that is sure to please your taste buds. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. Happy cooking!