However you spell it, easy, healthy hummus (houmous, houmos…) is a solid recipe to have in your repertoire. Economical, high protein and low fat, full of fiber and just plain delicious. I’ve used canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans) for this but to save even more money, you can use dried beans. To use dried beans, soak and then cook them until tender, then cool before using.
Hummus is delicious as a snack but have fun garnishing it to make it a crowd pleasing appetizer. Swirl some olive oil on top and sprinkle with dukka or top with crumbled feta cheese and some kalamata olives. Try a swipe of pesto across the top and some extra basil leaves. Alternatively you can blend some flavouring right into this basic hummus. Herbs and spices always work well as does a little pesto or roasted peppers.
Serve hummus with pita chips, rice crackers, veggies or even some rustic bread like my Quick No-Knead Bread recipe.
Let me know your favourite twists on this ancient recipe below!
If you like this dip, you might like my Roasted Eggplant Dip which is delicious and has converted many an eggplant hater!
Cheers my friends!
Easy Healthy Hummus (Houmous)
- 1 can (19 oz) Chickpeas
- 1 clove Garlic
- 1/4 tsp Cumin Seed
- 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
- 2 tbsp Tahini
- 1/2 Lemon, Juiced
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- Warm Water
- Salt And Pepper To Taste
- Olive Oil, Paprika, Za’atar or Dukkah To Garnish
- In a small food processor, add garlic, cumin seed, salt and a few tbsp of chickpeas and process until smooth.
- Add tahini and process another minute until smooth, then add in remaining chickpeas and lemon juice and process to desired consistency. Sometimes I like mine a bit chunky, sometimes I like it really smooth, have fun!
- Start adding olive oil to thin as needed and then add warm water if you need more liquid. I like mine fairly loose so I usually use between 2-4 tbsp warm water but you may prefer none.
- Once you have reached your desired consistency, season with salt and pepper. Scoop it into a bowl and swirl the top with your spoon to create a small moat for your olive oil. Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil over and then sprinkle with a little paprika, za’atar or dukkah to garnish to your taste.
- Serve with fresh pita bread, cucumber or other veggies, crackers or serve alongside a greek salad with feta.