Never eat supermarket hummus again…

I ate my bodyweight in hummus when I was in Israel. Never a fan of bought hummus here in the UK (it ain’t the same thing), I make my own – it is easy and takes just 15 minutes.

Hummus close up

Hummus is an Arabic word meaning “chickpeas” (clever). It is eaten all over the Middle East, but the earliest form is thought to come from 13 Century Egypt (if you remember from a previous post, the Egyptians invented the falafel as well – we have a lot to thank these guys for).

A stable food in Israel, hummus is popular with Jews because it is made with ingredients that can be combined with both meat and dairy meals as per their dietary laws. Few other foods boast that feature!

I have made hummus a million times before and recently use Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipe from the Guardian website; however, to make things simpler, I use tinned chickpeas (he would probably shake his garlic crusher at that, but I am never going to be organised enough to do the soaking). Here it is:


2 tins chickpeas (standard size; 400 g drained weight in total)

250 g tahini (sesame paste)

50 ml lemon juice

5 garlic cloves

Pinch of salt

To serve: couple of spoons of tahini, extra virgin olive oil, paprika


I hope you are listening carefully because this is very complex.

  1. Put ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Wizz until smooth, adding water as needed.
  3. Serve by spooning on a little tahini paste, throwing on some chickpeas, drizzling some olive oil and sprinkling on some paprika. Because we used tinned chickpeas, this hummus is cold; there is nothing to stop you warming it up in the oven or microwave (gasp) if you want it warm.

Taking a photograph of hummus and making it look good is difficult. Yes, I now have 100 photos of hummus. If you ever need a photo of hummus, I am your girl.

End with a Dad joke to make you groan

Israeli man dies from poisoned meal.

Police suspect is was hummus side.


Filed under Israel, Recipes, tried and tasted

9 Responses to Never eat supermarket hummus again…

  1. Hahahaha. Nice joke….and nice bowl too! Believe it or not, I had some very good hummus and pitta bread in Bolivia last week!

    • BeccaHills

      It IS a nice bowl isn’t it?
      If anyone is interested (or even reading, probably not) we bought this bowl in the souks of Marrakech – it was one of a g’zillion items of crockery we managed to carry as hand luggage home with us without breaking.
      Interesting to hear you had hummus in Bolivia Ari; I wonder how it compares. Guess what, I am going to make some Argentinian food tonight and watch an Argentinian movie to get me in the mood for next month! :-)

  2. Yo

    Photo came out great Bex and Ottolenghi is awesome. Loving the site hun. Let me know if you want to go to clandestino xx

    • BeccaHills

      Thanks Yo. I think I still need a tutorial in food photography at some point, if the offer is still there. This was done with my gorrilapod, bedside lamp and “light diffuser” (aka a slightly see-through choppng mat) :-) . Pretty pleased with how it turned out. Yes, let’s liaise re clandestino. Looking forward to seeing you soon! xx

      • Yo

        Of course Bex, I’ll look at clandestino dates and you can tell me when you are next cooking for photos and I’ll pop over, but you did a great job though so not sure what I can teach you xx

  3. Michelle Kahn

    Great picture! X

  4. Dad

    And what’s wrong with a Dad joke? I think that it’s quite funny.
    When you next pop out for a chickpea – think of me!

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