Authentic hummus

Authentic Hummus

A dried chickpea is a thing of wonder and mystery. A small hard little bullet that requires soaking and boiling until it finally becomes edible. Sounds like a lot of effort to me. I’m the kind of gal who likes to shmoosh up a can of ready prepared chickpeas in 5 minutes and call it hummus –isn’t that what canned chickpeas are for? That being said, I have it on good authority that soaking and cooking dried chickpeas makes a vast improvement over my tinned version so was intrigued enough to try it for myself. Soaking the chickpeas overnight is the only step that makes the process lengthy but other than that, the task was relatively effortless and well worth it. My hummus was silky smooth, buttery and creamier than any I have ever made. Sprinkled with smoked paprika and drizzled with lashings of extra virgin olive oil, I served mine warm straight out the pot shovelled on top a hot pita bread. Nom nom. 

Authentic hummus
Makes approx 600g / Hands on time 15 mins / Total time 1 hr 20 mins + soaking overnight / V Vn Gf Df 
You’ll need: Food processor or hand blender
250g dried chickpeas 
1tsp sea salt flakes 
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 
For the hummus:
2 garlic cloves
2 tbs tahini 
Juice of half a lemon
2 tbs water (more if you like a looser texture) 
1tsp sea salt flakes 
To serve:
Smoked paprika, chopped parsley and a good quality extra virgin olive oil 

  1. Add the dried chickpeas to a large bowl and cover with twice the volume of cold water (filtered if you have it). leave to soak for at least 12 hours – I tend to do this overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas well before transferring to a large saucepan. Cover again with twice the volume of cold tap or filtered water and add 1 tsp of salt and ½ a tsp of bicarbonate of soda and stir well.
  3. Place over a high heat and bring to a furious boil for 10 mins, skimming off any foam and loose skins that have come away. Turn the heat down to a simmer and continue to skim off and disregard any other loose skins occasionally for 50 mins. Your chickpeas should be soft enough to squish between your fingers. If they’re still little hard, continue to cook them until they are soft.
  4. Drain the chickpeas over a large bowl to reserve the water and leave to cool in a colander for 10-15 mins. Tip the warm chickpeas into a food processor or large bowl (if using a hand blender) and add the tahini, garlic, lemon juice, salt and 2 tbs of the reserved water. Blitz until you have your desired texture. If you like your hummus extra smooth, add additional chickpea water and blend for longer until you get your desired textured.
  5. Spoon into a bowl and serve warm topped with chopped fresh parsley, a dusting of smoked paprika and a good glug of good quality extra virgin olive oil.

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Homemade hummus


Just when I thought I’d eaten enough hummus to keep me going for at least 10 years, I go and make it from scratch. When I was a student, I used to get drunk and make hummus and minted potatoes in the middle of the night, instead of staggering to KFC like everyone else. Although thinking back on it, perhaps KFC was the safer option – no one should operate a food processor after 4 white wine spritzers. What can I say, I’m a humous wielding maverick.

Anyway, much like my baked falafel recipe, the type of canned chickpeas you use is really important. I like the big fat juicy ones that Napolina do, most supermarket own brands are too bullet like. Use a food processor if you prefer a smoother texture and a hand blender for a more rough pâté. I’ve used a food processor on this occasion but I’ve made this recipe many times with a hand blender to save on washing up.
Although making hummus is easy, it can go pretty wrong pretty quickly if too much liquid is added, so make sure you have an emergency can of chickpeas spare. Adding an extra can of chickpeas can save any sloppy hummus disaster – of which, I have had several.

Homemade hummus
Makes 2 pots / Hands on time 10 mins / Total time 10 mins / V Vn Gf Df
2 cans chickpeas, I use Napolina
1 large or 2 regular sized garlic cloves, crushed
4 tbs Tahini
1 lemon, juiced lemon
salt & pepper
Smoked paprika
Extra virgin olive oil
Chopped parsley to serve

1. Drain and rinse the chickpeas before taking a small handful and putting them to one side for the garnish. Put the rest of the chickpeas in a food processor with the crushed garlic and blitz until combined and smooth.
2. Meanwhile, fill one of the chickpea cans half full with water and add 4 tbs of tahini. Mix until combined (it should look curdled but loose). Squeeze in the lemon juice, mix and pour half the can on top of the chickpeas. Blitz again.
3. Once the humous has come together it’s up to you how wet you want it so add a bit more of the tahini and lemon water if you want a more loose consistency – this is down to personal preference. If it’s too wet then drain your emergency can and add it to the mix and blitz again (trust me, it will help).
4. Season with half a teaspoon of salt and a good pinch or pepper and mix thoroughly with a spoon. Keep tasting and seasoning until you get it how you like it.
5. Scoop out into pots and top with the left over chickpeas. Sprinkle your chosen garnish and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Finish with a final dusting of salt and pepper. Keep in the fridge and consume within 5 days.





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HOUMOUS WEEK: Houmous Olympics

This week is houmous week. And why is it houmous week? Because I said so, hooray! This Middle Eastern, middle class delight has exploded (not literally) in popularity over the past decade and it’s not hard to understand why. So, join me and a few friends in saying a big thank you to the humble chickpea by eating as much of it as humanly possible. Over the next week I’ll be testing the chickpea to it’s very limits, I’ll be spreading it, cooking it, buying it, making it and of course eating shit tons of it, all in the name of science… Well not really in the name of science but that sounded good. Anyway, without further ado, lets kick off the festivities with a little contest I like to call ‘The Houmous Olympics’…

The Houmous Olympics:
My housemate and I are obsessed with houmous, we go through at least three or four pots a week. Our staple buy is currently ‘Sainsbury’s So Organic’ but think it’s time for us to broaden our houmous horizons and test some of the other major players on the market. Unfortunately, Aldi, Asda, Budgens, Co-op, and Morrissons will not be participating in this compitition because those supermarkets aren’t in Camden (and I wasn’t willing to get the bus to Holloway).

Each houmous will be tested by houmous enthusiast and housemate Isabelle, her boyfriend John, my best friend Johnny and myself. We’ll be judging the contenders on texture, value, flavour, eatability (yes I know that’s not a word but whatever) and… Oh that will do. Now, the contenders are:


1. M&S Houmous With Extra Virgin Olive Oil £1 (200g)

2. Lidl (Meadow fresh) £1 (300g)

3.  Sainsbury’s So Organic Houmous £1.20 (200g)

4. WholeFoods (San Amvrosia Health Foods) £1.69 (142g)

5. Tesco Organic Houmous £1.05 (200g)

6. Waitrose Organic Rich & Creamy Houmous £1.25 (200g)



(Also, I’m aware that I perhaps picked the wrong table to do this on)

In 6th place…
M&S Houmous With Extra Virgin Olive Oil
What a surprise, Isabelle and I thought this one tasted like dust and vomit. It had the texture of cake mixture and paste and it unpleasantly coated our mouthes leaving a lingering rapeseed flavour, not pleasant. But at £1 it’s very reasonable, so if you’re skint and don’t mind the taste of sick, this houmous might be the one for you. 1/5

Tesco Organic Houmous £1.05
Not much better, a very mousey mayonaisey texture, which again left our mouths feeling unpleasantly caked. Not quite so flavoursome but had a bitter artificial aftertaste. Too much sesame seed paste and not enough citrus, pretty sickly. 1/5

Lidl (Meadow fresh) £1
This one was easily the best value but the pot didn’t come properly sealed which bothered me. Made me think there was some kid out back with a bucket of houmous just slopping it into plastic pots. The texture was very loose and sickie but the flavour wasn’t bad, very nutty. I found the tahini flavour overpowering, John thought it tasted like dog food but Isabelle really liked it. Mixed feelings. 3/5

WholeFoods (San Amvrosia Health Foods)
I LOVED this one, I’ve been going out of my way to buy this houmous for years, however it doesn’t stand up as well as I thought it would. It had a very subtle flavour but a lovely firm but smooth buttery texture. However, at £1.69 for what can only be described as half a pot it doesn’t deliver on value. Mildly disappointing. 4/5

Sainsbury’s So Organic Houmous
Coming in at a very impressive second place is my household fave, trusted old Sainsbury’s. This houmous is moreish without being sickly, it’s subtle flavour make it an all rounder, a serious crowd pleaser. It has a smooth but firm texture, I could happily eat an entire tub like a yogurt. I know, I’m a monster. 4/5

Waitrose Organic Rich & Creamy Houmous
Okay so this houmous is the clear winner and the king of everything. It’s perfection, it has a beautifully smooth texture but is ever so slightly loose. It’s rich and flavourful without being sickly and has a fresh citrus after taste. Well done Waitrose, best £1.25 I ever spent. 5/5