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Homemade Houmous

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  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Ready in: 20-30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Homemade Houmous

I was very lucky some years ago to make 4 films in Israel. The food, country and people were truly amazing. I Cooked all over from the Dead Sea to the Judean hills to Jaffa, home of the famous orange. In Jaffa we tasted 3 very different houmous offerings all delicious at the Ali Karavan restaurant, that’s all they sell. It was not until I tasted the real deal that I realised how far off the mark we are here in the UK. Here is my version of what I learnt in Israel, oh a serve warm, as they say taste the difference.


  • 350g dried chickpeas
  • 4 tsp baking soda
  • 4-6 tbsp tahini
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely pasted
  • dash of olive oil
  • salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • lemon juice from 1 large lemon
  • spring onions
  • coriander
  • parsley

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  • The day before you want to cook, wash the chickpeas well then cover with cold water and add 2 tsp baking soda and mix well.
  • Pop into the fridge and leave overnight.
  • Next day rinse well and place into a saucepan and add the remaining 2 tsp baking soda, mix well and cover with water by 2-3cm.
  • Bring to the boil, skim well and reduce the heat, then simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the peas are cooked, soft but not falling apart.
  • When cooked drain well but keep the cooking liquor.
  • Place the tahini, ¾ of the cooked chickpeas and garlic into a food processor and blitz on full speed for 2 minutes. You may need to add a little cooking liquor to loosen the mix slightly.
  • Spoon into a bowl and add salt, pepper and lemon juice and mix well.
  • Taste and adjust if needed, this is all about personal taste, I like lots of garlic and tahini.
  • Serve warm with a swirl or extra room temperature tahini, a few of the warm whole peas.
  • I also like to sprinkle with lots of chopped fresh parsley or coriander, even and sprinkling of chopped spring onions and a few slices of green chilli. Sometimes a little thick yogurt also is a nice addition.

Phil's Tips

Try it with Beetroot & Coriander

Add 200g chopped cooked beets and gently stir through to give a ripple ‘effect’ then top with chopped fresh coriander.


Try it with Roasted Peppers

Gently cook 1 red, green and yellow pepper with a small onion, then stir through the basic recipe. Top with fresh chopped parsley.

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