Homemade Houmous / Hummus

Nearly all of my vegan friends are huge lovers of chickpeas, but whilst I can tolerate them in a dish, they don't really rock my world.  Strangely though, I absolutely love them when they're whizzed together and made into houmous.  Now houmous is something I could eat every day!  If you're a fan, I strongly urge you to ditch the supermarket / shop varieties and have a go at making it from scratch yourself.  It's unbelievably quick and easy to do, and trust me when I say it tastes a million times better.  It really does!  

- 400g can of good quality chickpeas (preferably organic), rinsed and drained 
- 2 tbsp tahini paste
- 2 garlic cloves, very finely chopped or crushed
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (you can use more if desired)
- freshly squeezed juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tsp smoked paprika to serve with (optional)

How to: - 
1.  Place the chickpeas into a food processor, and then add in all of the other ingredients on top.
2.  Blend on a medium speed for a few minutes until everything is thoroughly blended, and so that it has a smooth overall texture.
3.  Place in a bowl and sprinkle over the smoked paprika if desired. 
4.  Serve with your favourite crudites and pitta chips, use as a spread in pittas, or with some falafels.  Keeps for up to 3 days in the fridge.

This recipe was adapted from one a friend picked up when she was travelling through Palestine last year.  The original version uses mint leaves, more olive oil and less tahini, so it's a very easy recipe to adapt to your own tastebuds.  Changing the texture is also easy; just add more olive oil, lemon juice, or cold water if you want it more runny, and less if you want it to be thicker. You can also try adding herbs, different spices like cayenne pepper and rock salt to season it further.


  1. Yum, I love hummus, really need to try making it myself, so easy! xx

  2. delicious, I live off hummus one of the few things I am not allergic to lol

  3. I've only just got round to reading this! I love this stuff!! I end up making it unhealthy by dipping chilli sensation crisps into it but they are amazing together. I have to try and make my own Houmous one day!

    Claudia xx

    Beauty and the Chic

    1. I sometimes do the same thing with crisps...don't tell anyone ;)
      Homemade houmous is the best! xx

  4. YUM. That looks so good. At home, we are all big Humus fans. It goes really well with a lot of different foods and is healthy. Thanks for the delicious recipe.

  5. This looks really good and it's making me hungry...keep up the good work!!
    Would you like to follow each other??


    1. Thanks Gloria, have added you to my blog reader :) xx

  6. Yumyum! you do it exactly how we Arabs do it hehe!

    It'll be my pleasure if you follow me on falakhussein.blogspot.com

    1. A few of my friends are Arabs so they've taught me well :) Have added you to my blog reader, love your style! x

  7. Yumm, that looks so good!
    I've had this once before and fell in love.
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