Homemade houmous with pitta chips

Homemade houmous with pitta chips

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 6-8 as a snack
A staple fave for all ages, this is great to keep in the fridge for a standby healthy snack

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal227
  • fat11g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs28g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre3g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.64g
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  • 3 pitta bread
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 400g can chickpea, rinsed and drained
  • ½ tsp ground cumin



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • juice 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Slice each pitta in half so it separates into two really thin pieces of bread, then cut into strips or wedges. Lightly grease a shallow baking tray or sheet and arrange the pitta slices on top. Cook in the oven for 10 mins until crisp, then leave to cool. Can be stored in an airtight container for 4-5 days.

  2. To make the houmous, tip the rinsed chickpeas into a food processor. Add all the remaining ingredients and 3 tbsp cold water and whizz together. Keep adding water, a tbsp or so at a time, until you get a smooth spoonable paste. Tip into a bowl and serve. Can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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Comments (44)

overchord's picture

Great and quick to make. Added a little extra garlic, but the base recipe seems absolutely fine. Also had some vegetable sticks to dip in the houmous along with the pita.

markswaine's picture

Very nice indeed - used 2 garlic cloves, and will probably use 3 next time. It tasted almost like the ones you buy, but was missing something. Will try with tahini next time I think.

@Baltar - seriously dude, get a life.

dtemple's picture

I've always made houmous with a 400g can of chickpeas, clove of garlic, juice of half a lemon, some sunflower oil (which makes it creamy) and a heaped teaspoon of tahini. Blitz it well and add either more oil or juice if needed.
Try drizzling a little oil on the pitta crisps, then sprinkling with some dried herbs or cajun seasoning before cooking, gorgeous!!

zetallgerman's picture

Having lived in the Middle East for the past 12 years I've tried my fair share of houmous (hoummus) and this recipe is pretty good but it is indeed missing that one vital ingredient: Tahina / Tahine. You can probably find this sesame paste in most health stores these days.

mrsboquet's picture

Thought this was a really good recipe. Not to thick and gloopy like some. Tasted fresh. Didn't need to us any more water other than the 3 tablespoons. Won't be buying it again, will definately make it. The Pitta chips were lovely

kfurber's picture

Call it what you will. I am unable to get hold of either tahini or shop bought hoummous over here in Austria, so was thrilled to find a recipe with ingredients I could find so I could blitz up a batch myself. Thanks to the other users also, some lovely sounding suggestions to vary on the basic recipe which I will be trying!

adeborgho's picture

i find allowing the houmous to sit for a while (in a covered container in the fridge overnight) really helps to merge and deepen the flavours.
i'd definitely add tahini to this, but to be honest I think you can adapt the basic recipe quite wildly (just don't call it houmous i guess). As I eat a hell of a lot of the stuff, over the years I've made lots of variations - things like using various different types of beans with the chickpeas, adding a bit of pumpkin seed or sesame oil, throwing in heaps of fresh flat leaf parsley, or rocket, or a fresh red pepper, sundried tomatoes, etc etc.
the lemon juice is very important to bring out the flavours, but I think you can get by with very little oil and it's still delicious.

leliao's picture

I tried this tonight, although I did put in tahini and added some more lemon. Think it could do with a bit more garlic next time. Overall pretty good though :)

polishnina's picture

tahini? what is this and where do you buy it?

holmfirth's picture

oh dear, some ppl do nit-pick, whatever theycall it I think it's delicious, with or without tahini, and I've tried both,mmmmmmmm :))

baltar's picture

Hoummous is a middle-eastern & eastern mediterranean dish containing basic ingredients: chickpeas, olive oil, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice. each region/country adds its own touch, like: added chilli powder, cumin powder, yoghurt, cooked onions, etc. But the basic ingredients are always the same. This recipe here is not hoummous because it does not contain the basic ingredients that make it houmous!
No Tahini = No Hoummous!!!

You can call it Mashed Chickpea & Garlic Dip, or whetever else, but please don't call it hoummous - it's misleading.

evajames's picture

A good houmous recipe when I made it up to 3 garlic cloves and added 2 tbsps of tahini. Used a big lemon so it was very light on the palate.

cowsey's picture

I too missed the tahini, so added 1/2 tsp sesame oil, a dollop of creme fraiche, and seasoned with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Very happy with the result.

catrionakitson's picture

I didn't put use as much olive oil as the recipe, left out the lemon juice and added sweet chilli dipping sauce to taste. Make sure you blitz it really well, fab!

ddalziel's picture

where's the tahini?
everybody knows a proper houmous would have Tahini,freshly squeezed lemon,salt&pepper,garlic and parsley.
Your dip looks a bit "lumpy" and dry and I bet it feels a bit "coarse" on your teeth.
Add a drop of tahini to it while it's blizting and you'll get a smoother,creamier paste with a richer flavour
Finish this dip by adding paprika to some oil and top it with the red oil,chopped parsley and so,e whole ,warm peas you left behind before blizting the rest.
Personally- I don't like cumin and onion in this,but I know some people like them,so you can't really argue with that!

kd1838's picture

Have to agree with the last comment. I also found it bland. I'm yet to find a recipe that tastes as creamy as shop bought one's I'm used to.

josp74's picture

Only made the houmous and not sure what I did wrong as I really disliked it and I LOVE houmous. Any I have made before I have always used tahini and I think I may have to go back to the old recipe. This was bland and really disappointing.

maartjevdm's picture

I didn't make the crisps but will be trying those too. The houmous is great, I added a little bit of sesameoil and some sesameseeds for a bit of crunch. I would only like the houmous to be a bit more creamy so if anybody has any suggestions for that I'll be happy to hear it.

peppapot's picture

Really easy, really tasty, made it with wholemeal pitta chips for when friends were round, they all loved it!

pinpin79's picture

excellent result and easy to make. Next time I would only use half the water to begin with as it was runnier than I would have liked. Tasted great though.


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