Middle Eastern-Egyptian Healthy Recipes: Quick hummus | avocado hummus & lemon hummus

Hummus recipes

Quick hummus

Quick hummus

A Middle Eastern chickpea purée made from cooked crushed chickpeas flavoured with tahini (pounded sesame seeds), oil, garlic and lemon juice. It is served as a dip with hot pitta bread as part of an Arabic mezze. In Egypt, hummus is often flavoured with cumin. If you’ve got a blender or food processor then it’s very quick and easy to make your own hummus – use dried, soaked chickpeas rather than canned for a better flavour.


  • 200g/7oz canned chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice or more
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt
  • 100ml/3½fl oz tahini (sesame seed paste) optional
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 4 rounds of pitta bread

Avocado hummus

A great combination of guacamole and hummus with a spike of hot Tabasco – scoop up with toasted pitta bread.


  • 1 ripe avocado, cut in half, skin and stone removed

  • 1 x 400g/14oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  • 1 garlic clove, peeled, finely chopped

  • 1-2 lemons, juice only

  • ½ tsp Tabasco

  • ½ tsp ground cumin

  • sea salt, to taste

  • 6 ready-made pitta breads, to serve

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