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Karen's Hummus with Za'atar in an Instant Pot

Karen’s Hummus with Za’atar in an Instant Pot

You will love the texture of this Creamy Hummus ~ wonderful Middle Eastern flavors with Za’atar seasonings: a mix of toasted Sesame Seeds, Sumac, Thyme and Sea Salt. An Instant Pot produces perfectly plump, cooked chickpeas.

Hummus with Za’atar Seasonings

Karen's Hummus with Za'atar in an Instant Pot


⅔ cups dried garbanzo beans, organic (when cooked: 2 cups chickpeas)

3 cloves fresh garlic, peeled

3 cups filtered water

4 tablespoons tahini

1 ½ teaspoons fresh garlic, peeled, crushed

1 teaspoon ground cumin 

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

½ cup garbanzo bean water, (saved from cooking)

½ teaspoon sea salt

Za’atar seasoning*

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided



Sort and wash dried garbanzo beans, add them to your Instant Pot with the water and 3 garlic cloves.
Set to high pressure for 25 minutes.


Let stand for 15 minutes, then release steam. Let the beans cool a bit, then drain SAVING 1/2 cup of the water – keeping the garlic.


Place in a food processor with the remaining ingredients – but not the oil – will be added later.
(If you like, save a few tablespoons of garbanzo beans to add to the finished hummus.)


Purée until smooth, at least 3 minutes until creamy, scrape down the bowl twice as you blend.
Slowly add 1 tablespoon of olive oil through the feed tube.
Taste for seasonings.


To serve:
Add hummus to a shallow bowl, smooth the top in a swirled pattern.
Sprinkle with extra Za’atar and drizzle with remaining tablespoon of olive oil.


See recipe: Hummus and Grilled Veggie Tacos with Corn Salsa
*Za’atar seasoning:  A mix of toasted Sesame Seeds, Sumac, Thyme and Sea Salt

This recipe may not be reproduced without the consent of its author, Karen Sheer.

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