Basic hummus

Hummus is a delicious snack packed with healthy fats and beneficial fibre to help keep you feel full.

  • 1 hr 15 mins cooking + soaking
  • Makes 3 cups
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A basic hummus recipe using chickpeas, tahini and garlic for an authentic dip packed with healthy fats and fibre to help keep you feel full.
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  • 1 cup (200g) dried chickpeas
  • 1 garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  • 1
    Soak chickpeas in cold water overnight. Drain.
  • 2
    Place drained chickpeas in a large saucepan with plenty of water. Bring to a simmer over high heat; simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour or until tender. Drain, reserving ½ cup cooking water and ¼ cup whole chickpeas.
  • 3
    Process remaining chickpeas and reserved cooking water until smooth. Add garlic, tahini, juice and oil; process until combined.
  • 4
    Serve topped with reserved chickpeas, a little extra oil and pitta bread.


Use 800g (1½ pounds) canned chickpeas instead of dried; drain, reserving ½ cup liquid. Use only if needed to thin hummus.

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