A Tasty And Simple Hummus Recipe

We’re sharing our hummus recipe in this post. Hummus is a bit of a strange one. Lots of debate about where it originated (with the general ‘discussion’ being between various Middle Eastern countries) and us, with our not-so-immense culinary knowledge, always assumed it was Greek.

Anyway, we have since seen the error of our ways and as for where Turkey fits into the equation, all we know is hummus is eaten in Turkey; particularly in the east. In Fethiye, hummus is growing in popularity.

We see it on the deli counters in supermarkets and on the odd menu in the meze section in local restaurants – but it was certainly no regular feature in days gone by.

Hummus Serving

A few restaurants in Fethiye now serve hummus

When we first moved here, some of our Turkish friends were not familiar with it at all. If we invited them to ours for food, Barry would make hummus and we would have to explain what it is and what hummus ingredients are.

Our Easy Hummus Recipe

Actually, that title should read ‘Barry’s easy hummus recipe’ but, well, we are a team and all that. It’s one of our regulars when we have people round to our house for food and Barry’s in charge of making it. This version is really quick and easy but it tastes fabulous – and the secret ingredient helps!

Easy Hummus Recipe

This quick hummus recipe makes for a rustic dip

That secret ingredient is a splash of the brine from the tin of chickpeas we use. See, we did say a quick hummus recipe. So quick that there’s no reason to buy supermarket varieties. Your own homemade hummus is always going to taste so much better and you know exactly what ingredients have gone into it.

In the UK, as with avocado and guacamole, people love their hummus – in 2013, it was even given the crown, Hummus Capital of Europe. But there is so much reliance on the supermarket deli counter.

Personally, if I had only ever tasted supermarket bought hummus, I would think it was boring and bland. Take 20 minutes out of your day to knock together your own homemade hummus recipe and you might well agree. Get a bit of flavour going on in there!

Let’s Make Hummus

Anyway, let’s get going…

A Tasty And Simple Hummus Recipe
Recipe type: Meze
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 8
Prep time:
Total time:
This easy hummus recipe is quick and tasty and makes a great addition to your meze table. It's so easy, there's no reason to buy hummus from the supermarket.
  • 1 800g tin chickpeas, drained (reserve around 50ml of the brine)
  • 3 dessert spoonfuls tahini
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • Juice of large, fresh lemon
  • 1 glug olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • Chilli flakes to decorate
  1. Add your chickpeas and brine to a bowl and mash them together.
  2. Add the tahini, oil and lemon juice.
  3. Mix them together, thoroughly.
  4. Now add the garlic, cumin and cayenne pepper.
  5. Sprinkle the salt and pepper.
  6. Mix again and do a taste test.
  7. Add more tahini or lemon juice to suit your taste.
  8. Add to a bowl and sprinkle the top with chilli flakes.
  9. Serve as a hummus dip for a snack or as part of your meze table alongside other dishes.
If you are using dried chickpeas, steep them in water overnight and then boil for around 1 hour before allowing to cool.
Our recipe is a quick hummus recipe and the tinned variety works well.
When drained, an 800g tin of chickpeas weighs around 400g.
If you are in Turkey, tinned chickpeas are haşlanmış nohut. Tahini is called tahin.
Calories per serving are approximate, depending on the amount of ingredients you use.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 90

You might have noticed in the photo that Barry’s recipe for hummus has a bit of a rustic look. That’s because we prefer it this way so he mashes it by hand. The flavours just seem to carry a bit more zing and we enjoy the texture. If you want a more traditionally smooth hummus, you can use a blender to make a hummus dip.

How To Serve Your Hummus…

Well, you can serve it however you like! Food is there to be enjoyed, isn’t it? We serve it as part of our summer barbecue meze table.

Antep Ezmesi & Cacık

A swirl of cacık and Antep ezmesi

This selection almost always includes a fiery Antep Ezmesi and a refreshing cacık made with smooth, thick süzme yoghurt. Yoghurt dips and just plain yoghurt feature heavily in Turkish cuisine so there’s usually some other yoghurt concoctions around, too. Of course, that includes a chilli yoghurt but also a traditional haydari.

Hummus Recipe

Yoghurt and hummus meze dishes

Mmm, warm fresh Turkish bread, loads of turşu – hummus is so tasty when coupled with tangly pickled vegetables – and the rest of your meze selection. A real foodie treat. Just remember, if you’re having a barbecue or serving other Turkish creations, try not to get too carried away enjoying your hummus and getting full!

(Chickpeas are a staple in Turkish cuisine. If you’re like us and are a big fan of this healthy legume, check out our other recipes featuring chickpeas).

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  1. I love humes but i love ezme more:)

  2. I think everyone loves ezme Yesim! 🙂 When we have friends over from England, the first thing they want to eat is ezme. I prefer it home made. I don’t like the stuff they sell over the supermarket deli counter. Far too much salça.

  3. ummm…can i come over? 🙂 those look SO good!

  4. Still some left in the fridge…but not for long! 🙂

  5. I love hummus, never used cumin in it though, I will have to try it in my recipe!

  6. We just made hummus too! Our recipes are a bit different, now that I know how easy it is to make, I’m going to have to start collection recipes. Thanks!

  7. Dennis, it’s lovely with cumin in – just not too much, otherwise it spoils your hummus.

    Kim, there seems to be a hummus fashion going on at the moment. I’ve seen a few recipes this week, all slightly different. Nice to have little additions. 🙂

  8. I adore hummus. (I always thought of it as Lebanese :). Thanks for the recipe! Looks yummy!

  9. I think it’s origins are a cloudy issue Sophie 🙂 Hummus is eaten in Turkey but it’s not really popular in this area. A few places lay claim to it.

  10. Hummus – total favourite, next to the much loved tandir which, lets face it, is a bit of a faff to make. Hummus is quick comfort food. Loving the cunning secret ingredient.


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