Papa G's Perfect Hummus Recipe

 

hummus recipe

©Peter Broadbent

A few people have recently requested my Dad’s hummus recipe so I thought I’d share this archive post again this week for #Tastytuesdays. We adore this golden dip in this house as do the kids. Healthy, tasty, nutritious, it’s an round winning snack or starter!

Ingredients:

225g dried chickpeas (expand when soaked) or 400g tinned chickpeas (washed and drained)
salt
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tablespoons tahini paste
juice of 1 lemon
4 tablespoons virgin olive oil
some chickpea cooking liquid 6 tablespoons

To garnish:
a generous amount of cayenne pepper
a small handful of chopped flat leaf parsley

Method:

Soak the chickpeas overnight in cold water. Drain them and put into a large pan, covering them with plenty of fresh water and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until soft. Add the salt towards the end of the cooking.

Drain and reserve the cooking liquid. Cool for a few minutes, then tip into a food processor. Liquidise them with the remaining ingredients, with half of the olive oil. Add enough of the cooking liquid to produce a fairly grainy puree, the consistency of thick mayonnaise. You may have to process the hummus in two or even three batches. Test the seasoning and add more salt if necessary, Now pour in the mixture and remaining olive oil and mix well with a spoon.

Put the mixture into a serving bowl and flatten the top. Pour on the olive oil, then sprinkle with cayenne pepper and chopped parsley. Accompany with hot pitta bread or crudites such as sticks of celery and long sticks of carrots and cucumber.

You can of course eat these at all three of Papa G’s award winning Greek Restaurants The Olive Tree Greek Restaurant in Leeds too.

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61 Responses

  1. Stephanie Robinson

    I think I could live on hummus – and love to have a few recipes up my sleeve – thanks for this one! #tastytuesdays
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  2. Mel

    Hi lovely,
    Just a quick note to let you know I linked to your delicious recipe in my latest post. x
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  3. Mel

    Just made it. Congrats to Papa G… another fabulous recipe I shall be making again and again… x
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  4. Caroline Hooper (My Family Ties)

    Thank you for hosting. I have just added my recipe and really look forward to trying yours it sounds delicious. Love reading your blog posts 🙂 #tastytuesdays
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  5. sarah hill wheeler (@hill_wheeler)

    We eat a lot of hommos too (including the chilli and red pepper versions), however, never tried making it. Will have to rectify this and then guess we can experiment by adding a few different flavours (notwithstanding that may risk losing its essential hommosness!). Wondering if it will freeze…..?
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  6. Mel

    All I need to make your Papa G’s hummus is tahini paste. Will get some today or tomorrow so I can have a go!
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  7. Sonia Constant

    I have never tried homemade hummus before, it looks absolutely delightful. I will definately be giving this a go.
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  8. Camilla @FabFood4All

    We all love hummus in this house and I bet your dad’s is fabulous:-)

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      • Camilla @FabFood4All

        Fiona? I’ve just entered my Houmous with Peanut Butter recipe which was totally not planned but found it in a pile of not yet posted recipes so forgive me for treading on Papa’s toes LOL!

      • honestmum

        Ha sorry was thinking of Coombe Mill when I replied!” Don’t be silly, we welcome and love Greek dishes-just never heard of peanut butter in hummus! Thanks for linking up!

  9. Steph @MisplacedBrit

    I LOVE hummus – we make a new batch every other week! And the kids were SO fed up of it on our road trip when we probably ate it 5 days a week… And I wasn’t tired of it at all!!
    Gorgeous pic too 🙂
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    • honestmum

      Haha that made me laugh, we all love it here too-you sure you’re not Greek? Thanks for the compliment, husband is gifted behind the camera x

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  10. Wesley Travels

    That looks delicious I am going to try to make it..
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  11. Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper

    This looks great Vicki! I love hummous and can’t believe i’ve never given it a go at making it myself- this will change now! #tastytuesdays
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  12. Julie's Family Kitchen

    My children love hummus and I haven’t made it for ages. I shall have to try Papa G’s recipe.
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  13. jenny paulin

    ok so I have to try this because i have never made homemade hummus and yet i adore the stuff! mmmmm now i really want some to dip my pepper into!! x
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  14. BlueBearWood

    One of my favourite dips/spreads. I’m more than happy to eat a bowl of hummus with olives as my supper. I remember my own Mum making it for us as a child but she would put natural yoghurt in hers.

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    • honestmum

      Same, such a lovely, balanced supper. I’ve never heard of the addition of yoghurt but it must have made it lighter, thanks for your comment x

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  15. Alida

    With the hot weather humus is in such great demand! And believe it or not I have never made my own. I think it is time for me to give it a go especially now that I can see how easy it is to make it. Your dad must be a good cook!
    I am sharing my bresaola parcels which are great for frugal summer lunches or as a starter at dinner parties.
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    • honestmum

      Thanks so much Alida, your parcels sounds fabulous. Yes Dad is an exceptional cook and award winning restaurateur #proud x

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  16. PottyMouthedMummy

    I somehow have never gotten round to making hummus even though I adore it, in fact we all do. Will definitely give this one a go x
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    • honestmum

      Oh yay, you must, really easy x
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  17. Coombemill

    A favorite in any English household these days!
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    • honestmum

      Very true, love that it is Fiona, I remember when you couldn’t find dips in the supermarket when I was a child!

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  18. Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault

    I love Hummous and as it can be hard to buy here in France I really should have a go making it. Pinned and bookmarked for future reference!
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  19. Ebabee

    Thanks for this lovely. I am hummus crazy – can eat the stuff with practically anything 🙂
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  20. Sharon

    I got to the grand age of 49 before I even tried hummus! With a 5 yr old brain I had always thought I didn’t like chickpeas so never tried it. Whenever I go to our London office the lunch always has it so I tried…..am bloody addicted to the stuff! I bet this Papa G recipe will turn me in to…Hello my name is Sharon & I am addicted to hummus x Thanks for sharing x

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  21. Circus mum

    I just had some delicious hummus last night and resolved that I had to start making my own as it tastes SOOOoO much better than shop bought.

    I’m always short for time on weekdays- would this recipe work as well with tinned chickpeas or is it a ‘put them to soak the day before’ job?

    Xx
    Tinuke

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    • honestmum

      @Circus mum have tweeted you too but yes tinned chickpeas (drained and washed) fine too-400g should work well. Let me know how you get on x

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  22. ebabee likes

    I am looking for the perfect hummus recipe… you read my mind!
    We are a seriously hummus obsessed clan… the 3 year old can eat it morning noon and night and I, well I eat it with all kinds of cuisines including Indian and many others (weird I know, but yummy). Will try this asap. Thank you for sharing.

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