Quicky Hummus

The quickest version of hummus.


Cheat’s Hummus

I prefer hummus made the old fashioned way, with chickpeas soaked and cooked before whizzing into that heaven called hummus. But. Sometimes I just want hummus. Quick. Now.

Well, that’s a problem. 24 hours to soak the chickpeas. 1 – 2 hours to cook the chickpeas. 10 minutes to chop and grind the ingredients. Sigh.

So into the pantry I go and get one of the few tinned things I keep in the house. Chickpeas. Or use Butter beans at a pinch. (The others tinned things are a rare can of tomatoes, and also coconut milk and coconut cream. )

Into the blender with a few hummus essentials, and no-one else is the wiser.


Quicky Hummus

Source : inspired by a need for quickness
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Prep time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 0 mins
Serves: Just me, or 4 – 6 people, if they are very very quick.

1 tin butter beans, or 1 tin chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
juice of 0.5 – 1 lemon
0.5 bunch parsley
2 – 4 Tblspn organic tahini
2 cloves garlic, peeled
2 – 4 Tblspn good quality virgin cold pressed olive oil
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Into the blender with all ingredients, adjusting the salt, pepper and lemon to taste. Use an amount of olive oil that you are comfortable with – it will absorb quite a bit. If it is still too thick, add a little warm water.



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Author: Ganga108

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17 thoughts on “Quicky Hummus”

  1. Oh glad that you like the photo! Peter, yes, canned chick peas are also good. I think I started making it with butter beans when we could not easily get chickpeas in a can, and I have kept up that tradition.

    Like it best of all with chickpeas soaked and cooked, tho. When I have the time. And the forethought.


  2. Hi shivapriya, butter beans are a little different to cannellini. Butter beans are quite large white beans with a rich, creamy, mushy texture. Cannellini beans are small, oval, cream in colour and a type of kidney bean and hold their shape well. But apparently they can substitute each other easily. There is a good comparison at http://www.waitrose.com/food/cookingandrecipes/cookinglibraries/glossary/glossary.aspx?type=0&id=45 and at http://www.foodfit.com/healthy/healthybeanguide.asp .

    If you can get butter beans, try them too. They are really quite buttery in taste and the hummus is yummy.


  3. Wow, butter beans sound delicious! I have to admit that I’ve never made hummus with dried beans. It’s been to the cans for me every time. But I find that as I learn more in the kitchen, I want better and better ingredients and it’s often hard or expensive to buy good canned beans. I really want to give this a shot with butter beans now.


  4. I so share your craving for hummus, though my husband would beat me to it!!:) he just loves it, and I really wish i could make it more often than I do!

    As I’m browsing along, I’m enjoying your blog more and more!:)


  5. Thanks, mansi. Hope you get to make hummus when hubbie is out of the house….

    hannehanne, great that you are experimenting and getting more particular. That’s what happens, I think. At some point we turn from technique (having acquired enough) to flavour. It’s an important turning point.


  6. Oh! I so love your version of hummus. I am definitely going to try it with butter beans – usually add this to pulao or korma, another great use for butter beans.

    Thanks, A-kay. I am sure that you will like it. And thanks for your tip about butter beans – how wonderful.


  7. I planted garbanzo’s in my garden for the first time and have a great crop, which is good but now I need to know what to do with raw beans, other than throwing them in a salad. Should I cook them? How? Or should I jsut let them dry? Or can I freeze them? Help if you can.

    I am sure that you have found what you need by now on google. Congratulations on your great crop.


  8. This sounds really great! I love hummus and just bought an immersion blender so I’m planning to make some with canned chick peas this weekend.


  9. Mmmmmm…. Just made a variation of your recipe (aka wrote down the ingredients and threw in whatever amounts “felt” right) and it was delicious! Thank you for the recipe! I definitely am now enjoying the first hummus I’ve ever made!! :)


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