07/14/2014 02:41 pm ET Updated Sep 13, 2014

Classic Hummus Is Good: This Version Might Be Even Better

Peden & Munk

Rochelle Bilow, recipe by Anissa Helou, photo by Peden + Munk

We know you love hummus. We love it too. And you know what else we love? Pomegranate molasses and the slow, sweet heat of harissa paste. Put ‘em all together and you’ve got one of the best dips we’ve seen this year.

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Red pepper paste gives this garlic-free hummus its color and smoky-sweet flavor; find it in Middle Eastern markets or online.


  • 1 15.5-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Turkish or Syrian red pepper paste or 2 tsp. harissa paste
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses (optional)
  • Kosher salt Olive oil, Aleppo pepper or crushed red pepper flakes, and warm pita bread (for serving)

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Set aside 2 Tbsp. chickpeas for serving. Process tahini, lemon juice, red pepper paste, pomegranate molasses (if using), and remaining chickpeas in a food processor, adding water as needed, until hummus is very smooth; season with salt. Serve hummus drizzled with oil and topped with Aleppo pepper and reserved chickpeas, with pita bread alongside. DO AHEAD: Hummus can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and chill.

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