Houmous is a Middle Eastern dip made from mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, lemon juice, and garlic. It’s a perfect accompaniment to a BBQ, but many attempts to make it at home have failed.
A little too much tahini, or not enough garlic and lemon, can make the difference between a heavenly dip and an inedible bowl of slop!
But don’t panic – you’re not alone.
There are many people looking for an easy houmous recipe, and our JJ Foodies are here to help!
We’ve refined it into a few simple tried-and-tested steps and ingredients – easy enough for anyone to follow.
So get ready to feel smug and impress your friends and family with this delicious homemade dip.
Not only is it full of flavour, it’s vitamin rich and can even be frozen to enjoy another time.
Juice of 2 lemons
3 cloves of garlic, sliced
1 can of chickpeas, drained (500g)
2 tablespoons tahini
3 tablespoons water
4 tablespoons olive oil
Generous pinch (or two) of salt
Paprika and chipotle to decorate
Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend!
If you prefer a totally smooth texture, blend for a little longer.
Otherwise, for a chunky rustic hummus just blend of 5 seconds or so.
Taste the dip, and add more salt, lemon or garlic, if required.
Allow to chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
Spread onto a plate or dipping bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, paprika and chipotle.
Serve with bread sticks, warm pitta bread or vegetable sticks!
TOP TIP: A little extra salt and lemon can lift a dull houmous – remember to keep trying it! You may need to mix it with a spoon if there is not enough moisture left to blend.
This recipe has been put together by our JJ Foodies (JJ staff who are passionate about food). We are not professional chefs, we just love cooking at home and sharing ideas. Please feel free to tweak and change the recipes as you see fit.