Quick hummus

Quick hummus

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(14 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 2 mins


Serves 6

John Torode's simple hummus can be blitzed and ready for dipping in 12 minutes. It's vegan, gluten-free and essential to any meze or veggie feast

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal416
  • fat38g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs8g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre4g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.1g


  • 400g can chickpeas
  • 100ml lemon juice
  • 150ml olive oil
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  • 125g tahini



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  • 1 ½ tsp ground coriander
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • toasted pine nuts
  • sumac



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  1. Drain the can of chickpeas, keeping the water. Gently warm in a microwave, then tip into a food processor with the lemon juice, olive oil, tahini, ground coriander and crushed seeds from the cardamom pods. Blend until smooth – add a splash of chickpea water if it's looking a little dry. Check the seasoning and add more oil and lemon juice to taste. Serve sprinkled with toasted pine nuts and sumac.

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30th Apr, 2020
Not sure whether John Torode actually ever made this? Just followed recipe to a T and after blitzing, all it tastes of is bitter lemon tahini paste ahhhh, on a rescue mission to fix it now! Just compared to other recipes, which tend to have way less lemon and tahini. At least start with less and you can add to taste.
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Karen Pearce
31st Dec, 2019
tasty but way too much olive oil - it was swimming in it
11th Nov, 2018
I'm not sure what went wrong but after only using 80ml of fresh lemon juice, it was overwhelmingly lemony and sweet, and lacking any other flavouring. I added a good heaped teaspoon of ground cumin and a heap of smoked maldon salt and it made it almost bearable. Might try again adding the lemon juice to taste rather than chucking it all in at the start.
23rd Jun, 2017
Delicious! It didn't need any extra liquid and I only added about 80ml of lemon juice. The cardamom is a lovely addition. I will make this again for sure. This is for a barbecue feast this evening and I think will be lovely with the lamb kebabs I am making with a Greek salad, tzatziki and pitta. But I will make it again for lunches and snacks during the week.
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