Monday 17 September 2012


My daughter asked me to buy some lemon and coriander hummus for her at the supermarket. Ok, that won't be hard, or so I thought. Reaching the supermarket shelf, I was faced with a wide variety of hummus and it took me some time to find the one I was supposed to buy. Mmmm, I was such a hummus novice. I thought it only came in chick pea flavour.

I always see how hummus was made with reverence in travel shows. There was one restaurant that made hummus fresh, per order, in a big mortar and pestle. It does look a lot better than the ones that come in a plastic tub.

So I made a note to myself that I should make it fresh, from scratch. A few ingredients, all standard supermarket items, and a few minutes was all it took. I even made the tahini (sesame paste) from scratch because i did not want to buy a whole jar. It was just a matter of pureeing toasted sesame seeds with oil. 

The result was really a good, fresh tasting, all natural houmous. This is a very simple and basic recipe that you can add additional flavours to.

Aside from being used as a dip for toasted strips of pita bread and crudités, it can also be used as a spread for wraps and sandwiches. 


1 400 gm. tin of cooked chick peas, drained
3 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. of crushed garlic
1/2 c. toasted sesame seeds
1/4 c. olive oil
1/4 c. water
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp.  ground cumin
1 tsp. ground coriander seeds
2 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves


Puree the toasted sesame seeds together with the olive oil until smooth.
Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the chopped coriander leaves, and puree again until smooth. Stir in the coriander leaves. This is now ready to serve. 

I garnished it here with a drizzle of olive oil, a few whole chick peas and a sprinkling of paprika.

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  1. When I was staying in NZ previously, I used to buy the ready made hummus because there are lots of varieties to choose from. But now here in Msia, I can't find even one.... :-). Seeing your post here have tempted me to make my own now! Thanks Adora!

    1. I hope you give this recipe a try, Mel It takes just a few minutes to make and all the ingredients used are readily available.

  2. I also like to make my own Hummus, it's so easy!! Please check out my Sweet potato&Chick peas Hummus.Meriem

  3. You even made your own Tahini! I am impressed. It does make sense because I always have an old jar of Tahini in the fridge. I'm definitely going to have to try it next time I make hummus, THIS hummus! I love the cumin coriander mix so I know that I would love this hummus! Thank you daughter!


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