Homous: soooooo much more than a dip!!!

IMG_7073Following my recent post where I shared my ‘holy grail’ homous recipe, I got into a couple of conversations about the eating of homous that made me think that maybe people don’t eat it or use it, quite like I do. I then read a post from the Frugal Hausfrau in which she and Ginger challenged each other to make their version of the same dish, and a plan formed in my head….the FH and I started to discuss a similar pair of posts between us and debated what dish we could compare. When she mentioned using chickpeas, my light bulb moment occurred: let’s compare how we each utilise homous. Here’s what the Frugal Hausfrau did with hers 🙂

Yes, I spell like this: homous; you may be used to seeing it like this: hummus, or this, homous, however you spell it, we are talking about the Middle Eastern dip comprised of chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and garlic (for my full foolproof recipe refer to my post). You’ve all seen me playing with variations on the theme, roasted parsnip, roasted carrot, harissa, black garlic, spiced sprouts, roasted garlic, sweet potato, there is an endless array of variations and flavours that can be achieved with this wonderful stuff, and all of mine are listed in my recipe index.

So, yes, on occasion, I too dip carrot sticks into my homous, bit more typically I eat my homous as my ‘meat’, for want of a better description. I eat great piles of it, together with salads and vegetables; it provides the protein in my meal with the tahini and chickpeas..


IMG_7378I also use it as a sauce/dressing to add something ‘wet’ to my salads or vegetables. It’s probably a habit from the Middle East, homous and dips are eaten as a mezze with everything.


IMG_7349I also use mine as a replacement for cream or yoghurt on sauces, especially in something like a chilli if I want to reduce the heat..


IMG_7358..again, I’m adding much needed protein in my vegetarian diet, but it’s also then non dairy if anyone is looking for a replacement. You could also use tahini sauce, basically, replace the chickpeas with water to make it and add it to everything!

IMG_7133I hope these will give you some ideas about using homous differently and why it’s a great reason to make your own: it’s cheaper for starters! And when you use as much as I do, buying little 200g pots wouldn’t last me a day!!! (And also why it’s a myth that vegetarians are thin!!!)

The Frugal Hausfrau and I are bringing our homous regimes to this week’s Fiesta Friday; we hope that you can join us and all of the other wonderful bloggers who come along, and especially the weekly co hosts who look after us all so well; this week our co hosts are the inimitable Suzanne and Sue, two wonderful cooks and gorgeous ladies that I am very happy to call my friends 🙂

And if you’ve never visited the Frugal Hausfrau do pop over and have a look through her blog, every post comes with such useful information, she is so thorough and knowledgeable. You won’t fail to find a plethora of useful recipes!

Have a great weekend everyone, Happy Valentines Day from me and Bob xx

62 thoughts on “Homous: soooooo much more than a dip!!!

  1. Selma's Table

    Such mouthwatering photos – I can almost feel the flavours bursting out of them. x

    Also, it’s just so savoury that you don’t really miss the meat. Great idea to compare houmous uses – need to see what The Frugal Hausfrau does, next!

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      1. Frugal Hausfrau

        Hi Elaine, Love this post! I vastly under utilize chick peas, and they are fantastic frugal source of protien! You are amazing with all the ways to use “Hummus.”

        I’ll have my post out later this afternoon! 🙂 I am using my son’s ancient half broken laptop – I have some nasty virus on mine and am worried about opening the email!

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  2. mademoisellegourmande

    I love this huge collection of pictures, Elaine. 🙂 Looks perfect! I love Hummus and it is so hard to find decent Hummus in Germany. Which is why I also made it myself. And it is so much more delicious than the store bought one. I love to experiment with different toppings, there is just a huge variety of what to mix in. Even though I haven’t tried nearly as many different types as you have. You are soooo creative when it comes to those things. Happy Fiesta Friday 🙂

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  4. apuginthekitchen

    Love hummus or homous however it is spelled it’s versatile and delicious, I love it and your recipe for the basic and the variations shows us all just how many different ways we can enjoy this delicious concoction. Thanks Elaine for bringing to the party,

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      1. Frugal Hausfrau

        I see it already did it automatically! 🙂 I can’t wait to try tahini sauce and hummus as a replacement for dairy! I’ve drastically cut back on dairy of all kinds in the past few years! It looks fantastic in the chili!

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  6. chef mimi

    Great post, beautiful photos. Honestly I love homous/hummus, but I prefer using white beans instead of garbanzos. It’s just a smoother texture, even after sitting around for a few hours. Garbanzos can dry out and get mealy. Just my personal preference, but obviously not authentic!!!

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    1. Elaine @ foodbod Post author

      Hey, it’s all a matter of taste isn’t it? I must try again with white beans now that I have a Nutribullet – when I tried before the dip was grainy but the Nutribullet should get it smoother


  7. My Uni Kitchen

    This looks amazing. I knew hummus was versatile but not to this extent. I usually just use it as a dip or spread it in my sandwiches when im hungry, but I shall have to try these sometime. Look forward to your future posts! x

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  8. Sue

    This is a great post because it includes your master recipe as well as ideas for folks to break out of the dip rut. I eat mine like meat too and honestly, these photos make me want to just grab a big mouthful right now! We are on the same homous wavelength for sure. Lovely photos!

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