From the store to the kitchen to the table: We outline the steps that get you from raw ingredients to your dinner tonight, free of measurements and complicated techniques. It’s a method you’ll remember and whip out whenever you like. It is the most basic way to make the thing you’re making.

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  • • a strainer
  • • a food processor
  • • one 15-ounce can of chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans
  • • one medium garlic clove, smashed and peeled
  • • one big spoonful (about 1/4 cup) of tahini
  • • water
  • • one medium lemon, cut in half
  • • salt
  • • extra-virgin olive oil
  • • ground cumin and paprika (optional)

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