Recipe: Easy Homemade Hummus

Recipe: Easy Homemade Hummus
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Hummus is so versatile and delicious

Hummus is a fantastic dip or spread, with a basic recipe of chickpeas, tahini (a sesame seed paste), lemon juice and garlic. Many other ingredients can be added for flavour and colour, including roasted beetroot, spinach or pumpkin.

It is popular in the Middle East and the Meditaranean, but is now widely eaten all over the world. It seems to be very popular here in New Zealand!

I like hummus as a dip for vegetables, crackers or pita bread. It is also a great substitute for spreads such as butter or margarine in sandwiches.

Making hummus at home reduces packaging waste

You can buy hummus from the supermarket. It is usually in a plastic pot, made from Type 5 or 6 plastic. These plastics are collected for recycling in some local council areas, but not many. This is because these plastics are more difficult to recycle and produce a lower quality recycled plastic. And they are not recycled in New Zealand, so are sent overseas to recycling plants, which means it can be hard to trace exactly what happens to the plastic.

To reduce this type of plastic packaging from being sent overseas or ending up in landfill, you can make hummus at home. It is cheap, easy to make, and tastes delicious.

Hummus recipe


  • 400g can of chickpeas, drained
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 6 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons of tahini
  • Juice of a lemon (or two, if you love lemons)
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Put the chickpeas and garlic in a bowl, and mash them together until creamy (I use a potato masher, but you can use a fork, or you could use a food processor).
  2. Gradually beat in the olive oil.
  3. Stir in the tahini, and lemon juice.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to suit your taste.

Tahini is available at most supermarkets, or health food stores.

I’d love to hear your variations on the basic hummus recipe, please leave your comments below.

Other recipes including lemons:

If you have lots of lemons, please check out my post about baking with lemons for some ideas