Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Home-Made Houmous - So Quick and So Easy

If you love houmous but have never made it yourself, it is time to ask the question 'why'? It is so so simple, way more delicious and definitely cheaper than the shop-bought stuff.

I confess...... until I made this, I was one of those in the 'never made it before' camp. Crazy! We eat gallons of the stuff in our house...... we are BIG houmous eaters..... Even when Miss GF was tiny and just weaned, she loved it. I remember the day I joked to Mr GF when he came home from work 'approach with care....the baby's got garlic breath!'

Inspired by so many other wonderful houmous recipes that I have seen appearing on blogs recently (there is an incredible Strawberry Hummus over at Fancy Made Simple), I decided that it was about time I tried to make my own.  I love that it is such a versatile dish and always enjoy trying it with various additions and different bases. One of my favourite varieties is caramelised onion, but you can add anything from lemon and herbs to pepper, chilli, carrot, tomato or beetroot. Just let your imagination run wild.....

Not having made it before however, I decided to start simple with something classic and traditional. Houmous  (or Hummus) originated in North Africa in the 13th Century, so it seemed appropriate to add a little paprika and cumin to spice it up. I also poured a little walnut oil into the mix in addition to the expected olive oil, to give a slight nutty backdrop. It would have taken more, but I had some lovely Cretan olive oil with a peppery kick left from last year's holiday and it seemed a shame not to use it.

Our favourite way to eat houmous is straight......with toasted pitta bread cut into strips, gluten free bread sticks or a bag of tortilla or dipping chips. We especially love these colourful 3 seed veggie dipping chips (spinach and garlic; red beetroot and onion; carrot and tomato) from RW Garcia which I found in a local farm shop. They were so good with my home-made houmous........ a perfect base to dip in, load up and munch.

I am sharing my Houmous with the following linkies :

Cook Blog Share with Hijacked by Twins

Recipe of the Week with A Mummy Too

Meat Free Mondays with Tinned Tomatoes

Cook Once Eat Twice with Searching for Spice

Sunday Fitness & Food with Ilka's Blog and Marathons & Motivation

Free From Fridays with the Free From Farmhouse



1 x 400g tin chickpeas - drained
3 tablespoons tahini
2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice (depending on how lemony you like it)
3 large cloves garlic
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
good grind black pepper
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
2 tablespoons good quality olive oil
1 tablespoon walnut oil
cold water to reach desired consistency

Top With :
smoked paprika
fresh chopped coriander
good quality olive oil


  1. Put all the ingredients into a food processor (or use a hand blender) and add a couple of tablespoons cold water.
  2. Blend until smooth. Check the consistency and if you want it a little 'looser', add a little more water.
  3. Spoon into a bowl and top with a little chopped coriander, a sprinkle of paprika and a drizzle of good olive oil.
  4. Simple! Enjoy with toasted pitta strips, tortilla chips or dipping crackers.
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  1. Welcome to the world of hummus making - am sure you wont look back - unless you have a fussy child! Not eating home made hummus is one of my gripes - Sylvia loves hummus but does not like the home made stuff - I have made some progress with her trying things so maybe this post will inspire me to try again - love the photo with the colourful crackers! Am sure we might see some variations here too!

    1. Thanks Johanna. I certainly think home-made houmous will be making a take-over bid for fridge space.
      Shame Sylvia is a bit picky over it..... But it is quite different from shop-bought in texture at least. Maybe if you sneak it into sandwiches, she might get used to eat without realising?! x

  2. I love hummus but this looks WAYYY TOO DANGEROUS! I mean it's so easy and quick -I can have it every day!

    1. Ha ha! Me too Anne.... Houmous is one of those foods that I will never tire of. But that's fine.... I can think of far worse things to be eating! x

  3. I adore hummus but your additions are making me swoon! Walnut oil and smoked paprika... mmmmmm. Wish I could dip a cracker into the screen and have a taste!

    1. Thank you Aimee. Houmous is just so versatile, now I feel a little more confident, I think I could be trying a few more additions!

  4. I love houmous. Both kids are allergic to sesame so we can't have any shop bought ones with Tahini so I made my own too. #freefromfridays

    1. It's interesting..... as I was making it I was thinking about substitutions for the Tahini. I guess houmous can be made with all sorts of things and it is so easy to make, it is one of the easier dishes to make allergen-free. Do you replace the Tahini with anything specific?

  5. Sounds FAbulous!!! I will definitely give this a try...Pinned :-)

  6. This looks gorgeous - I bet the walnut oil gives it a lovely flavour! I also really like the look of those colourful little dipping chips. Thank you so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice.

    1. Thanks Corina. The walnut oil was quite subtle, but I think I would use more on another occasion! The dipping chips are really good..... I have now found them being sold in Waitrose too!

  7. I love houmous but believe it or not I have never made it myself. I will have to have a go at your one, it sounds so good. Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

    1. Thanks Kirsty... you're welcome. You MUST try making it! It was so easy..... and once converted, it seems bonkers to be buying it! x


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