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Garlic and Cumin Hummus

Spicy Homemade Cumin & Garlic Hummus

May Simpkin
I’m often surprised that people think hummus is difficult to make. Making your own homemade hummus couldn’t be easier and the result is a nutritious dip that’s much cheaper and far tastier than shop-bought varieties. You’ll need a food processor but then it’s simply a case of adding the ingredients and 2 minutes later, you’ll have a delicious, nutritious dip; that’s my idea of a “convenience food”! There’s so much scope with flavours and here I’ve used cumin and garlic for a truly authentic middle eastern version. Serving it with healthy vegetable cruditées elevates this simple dip to a even more nutritious level and you’ll find yourself reaching the recommended 7-a-day in no time.
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack


Making homemade hummus….

  • 400 g can Chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons Tahini heaped
  • Juice from a whole lemon
  • 1 small clove Garlic crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin powder
  • Sea Salt/Ground Pepper to taste

Variations; add before blending

  • 1 teaspoon Paprika optional
  • 30 g flat-leaf Parsley finely chopped
  • 2-3 pinches chilli flakes


  • Rinse the chickpeas well and drain.
  • Combine the chickpeas, tahini, garlic, cumin, salt and half the lemon juice in a food processor and blend to a creamy consistency. Add warm/tepid water, a little at a time to the desired consistency.
  • Taste and season according to preferences; adding more lemon or salt to bring out the flavour.


  • Warming the chickpeas before using helps to infuse the flavours. Otherwise use a little warm, rather than cold, water to achieve the desired consistency.
  • You can use canned or home-cooked from dried chickpeas for this recipe. (See note below) If using canned, ensure they are well rinsed to remove any phytates in the water, which may cause digestive discomfort
  • This hummus will keep for around a week in the fridge
  • Make a double batch and freeze half for a nutritious snack for the family when you’re pressed for time or have guests arriving
Keyword Hummus