From Scratch: Hummus

Hummus is everywhere these days and it’s oh so good. It’s one thing I hardly buy pre-made, as it’s so easy to make from scratch! My best friend had some ‘Mediterranean’-styled hummus the other day at her house and it was filled with black olive-goodness. The best thing about hummus, is that you can make it the way you want to!

What is it though? Hummus is a spread made of mashed chickpeas. It originated in Egypt and is widely eaten in North African and Middle Eastern countries. Canada has definitely jumped on board the hummus train and I’ve seen it in many other countries I’ve visited.

So, let’s make some. If you have a blender, then it’s easy. If you don’t have a blender, you should get one. 😉

Roasted Garlic Hummus (because I love garlic!)


  • One can of chickpeas (alternatively, you can get fresh chickpeas and soak them before hand to soften them) – drain them but leave a little bit of water
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp tahini (sesame paste)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 tbsp (or to taste) lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • (You could also add cumin)


  • Preheat oven to 400°C
  • Put garlic cloves in a pouch of aluminum foil and bake for 15-20 minutes, until soft. I peel mine first these days.
  • Pour chickpeas and water in the blender.
  • Add all other ingredients (including the garlic) and blend until smooth.
  • I finish it off with a small amount of olive oil drizzled on top after it’s poured into a serving bowl.

Voila, you’re finished! It’s that easy. You now have a simple starter for any dinner. I enjoy dipping warm pita bread in it but vegetables are great too.

Recipes can’t get more minimal than that! Enjoy!




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