Basic Hummus: Recipe

Hummus is such a simple thing to make that it seems crazy to call this basic hummus recipe a recipe. It might be simple, but there’s a lot of ideas around what should and shouldn’t form part of a basic hummus. Some think that olive oil shouldn’t form part of the base and others refuse to use tinned chickpeas. Some leave tahini out altogether. For us it’s all about simplicity and taste, and we think our combination of ingredients gets things just right.

The fact that hummus is healthy, vegetarian and gluten free means it’s something that a lot of people with specific dietary requirements can enjoy too.

basic hummus recipe

Preparation Time: 5 minutes          /          Cooking Time: nil         /          Makes 400g


  • 1 x 400g tin of chickpeas, drained
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 25g tahini
  • 20ml extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste



  1. Put all of the ingredients into a food processor. Blend until smooth.
  2. Add salt & pepper to taste, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and serve.



Hummus goes with a lot of things – we love it with toasted pita bread or carrot & celery sticks.

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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