Hummus recipe

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Learn how to make homemade hummus with our quick and easy recipe. We promise it's a lot tastier than shop-bought!

Bowl of hummus with pitta bread and olives
(Image credit: Future)
  • healthy
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Preparation Time15 mins
Cost RangeCheap

Homemade hummus is a lot simpler to make than you may think, especially with our quick and easy recipe.

The traditional hummus is a Middle Eastern dip (sometimes spelt houmous) which has become popular all over the world. Served with a little flatbread to dip as it is in a freshly prepared kebab or served as a side with spicy lamb chops.

With our simple chickpea base, our hummus recipe is easy to whizz up in just three simple steps. We recommend using canned chickpeas but you can also use dried ones for hummus recipes, as long as you soak them in water overnight. All you need to do is combine all the ingredients in a food processor until you have a purée.

Kids will love dipping carrot sticks and other veg into this. An easy way to get another of their 5-a-day in!

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  • 200g canned chickpeas
  • 2tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • 100ml tahini
  • 4tbsp water




  1. Drain the chickpeas and rinse.
  2. Combine the chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, salt, tahini, and water in a food processor, and whiz to a purée (creamy and thick sauce consistency).
  3. Add more lemon juice, garlic, cumin or salt to taste. Turn out your hummus into a bowl, and make smooth with the back of a spoon. Drizzle over olive oil and scatter some sesame seeds to serve, if you like.
Top Tip for making Hummus

Alternatively you could use dried chickpeas and soak them in water overnight. To get the same amount of hummus use 110g (4oz) of dried chickpeas as they will absorb the water.

The garlic, lemon, cumin and paprika give this quick hummus recipe plenty of flavour. For some extra flair, serve your hummus in a bowl with sprinkled pine nuts and olive oil drizzled on top.

Looking for a dip recipe with a bit of a twist? We've got a fantastic beetroot version of this hummus or why not try our recipe for Spicy Garlic Cannellini Bean Dip instead for something a bit different?

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies