Hummus: Recipe

HUMMUS (or Houmous, however you like to spell it, it tastes gorgeous).

This Hummus Recipe will give you a brilliant and healthy dish of Middle Eastern origins, loved by adults and children alike.

So says my 8 month old grandaughter, Tilly, relishing her first course of Hummus and mini-crispy breadstick.  Her twin, Bella, out of shot, readily agreed.  After this starter, the girls main course was home-made Moroccan Lamb.  Made me hungry, just watching them.  The picture below is how Hummus looks for grown-ups. Which is more fun?




Recipe: Hummus

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4-6

This recipe for Hummus is a wonderfully healthy dish, for adults and children alike. My favourite way of eating it is when I have grown my own carrots, and pick a few baby ones just before lunch. The flavour is amazing.


  • 1 16 oz (480g) can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 2 fluid oz (60 ml) liquid from can of chickpeas
  • 4 tbsn fresh lemon juice (maybe less for children)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp tahini (crushed sesame seeds) – available in most supermarkets as a jar
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Optional Extras:
  • 2 tbsp Good olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of Cayenne Pepper


  1. Drain chickpeas, reserving the liquid you need for recipe.
  2. Put chickpeas in food processor (or in big jug to use with hand blender). Add lemon juice, tahini, crushed garlic, salt and olive oil. Then add the liquid from chickpeas. Process for about 2-3 minutes until very smooth.
  3. To Serve:
  4. I love to use a bowl that complements Hummus. Spoon the Hummus into the middle of the bowl, make a big dip in the middle and drizzle some good olive oil into the dip. Then I add a bit of fresh lemon juice, and just as a personal choice, I sprinkle on a bit of Cayenne Pepper. (Probably not for little children.)
  5. Then put the raw vegetables in a ramekin of small dish, and/or serve with the crusty bread or toasted pitta.
  6. If you don’t need the Hummus straight away, cover with cling film and leave in the fridge, but bring out for half an hour before eating. You can refrigerate it for 2-3 days, and Hummus can even be frozen, for about a month, which is brilliant if you have little ones to feed.


!Variations: There are so many variations on Hummus. Some people leave out the Tahini, some add more garlic. It is one of those dishes you can play about with, to add or delete flavours to choice. Chilli can be added, if you like a really spicy dip, and olives. For children, Sun-dried Tomatoes add a sweetness which they enjoy, and Roasted Red Peppers (ready and bottled from Delis or Supermarkets). Add herbs for variation, Parsley or Coriander are perfect. But whatever you fancy, Hummus is perfect for both adults and children. Enjoy.

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