Family Activity: Make Hummus

Hummus is a staple of Israeli cuisine and a favorite snack of many PJ Library characters. Looking for an easy family activity? Try making some hummus! Once you’ve made your own, you may never go back to the store-bought kind.

This Activity Works With These Books:

3 Falafels in My Pita
Engineer Arielle & the Israel Independence Day Surprise



5 tablespoons tahini
3 tablespoons water
6 tablespoons lemon juice
16 ounces/450g canned chickpeas,
½ teaspoon salt
1 or 2 cloves garlic


  1. Blend tahini, water, and lemon juice in a food processor or blender.
  2. Add chickpeas, salt, and garlic, and pulse ingredients until incorporated, then blend until smooth.
  3. Dip veggies, bread, or whatever you like.

TIP: Don’t have a blender? Use a whisk to mix your tahini, water and lemon juice. You can smash your chickpeas with a fork or potato masher.


Tour Israel with These Picture Books
Yom Ha’atzmaut Holiday Page