Simple houmous

Simple houmous

I love humous, but I’m often disappointed by the ready made supermarket offerings.  With a few simple ingredients you can whip up a batch of houmous to suit your tastes.  With extra garlic, extra lemon or a little hidden heat, when you make it yourself you can decide how you’d like it this time!

Ingredients for 2 servings

400g chickpeas, tinned
2 tsp tahini
2 garlic cloves, crushed
45 ml extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon, juice only
1 tsp smoked paprika
sea salt (pinch)

(Example ingredient amounts given, adjust accordingly to your requirements)


  • Drain the chickpeas and rinse them before adding them to your food processor.
  • Add the tahini, crushed garlic, 2 tbsp / 30 ml of extra virgin olive oil and half of the lemon juice.
  • Bliz the ingredients for a few minutes until smooth.
  • Using a teaspoon, have a taste of the houmous and check the seasoning.
  • Add the sea salt and lemon juice if necessary before giving the houmous a final blitz.
  • Transfer the houmous to your dish and finish with a sprinkle of smoked paprika and the last tbsp / 15ml of olive oil.


  • Add more garlic, lemon or tahini to suit your tastes.
  • I like to make the houmous and refrigerate it for a few hours to intensify the flavours.
  • I serve usually serve my houmous with crudités and pita bread.
Nella Foulds
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