A Lebanese specialty : the Houmous

Here is a delicious “homemade” recipe of chickpea cream.

The Houmous is a specialty of Lebanon. It is a main meal in the Arabic cooking. The term “Houmous” means chickpea in Arabic. This mixture is chickpea-based, sesame and lemon juice. It has an important nutritional value. In France, we eat the Houmous during the aperitif with breadsticks or in starter served with a fresh salad. Enjoy your meal !



Serves 6

Difficultynote-2-etoiles (low)


Time : 15 minutes

Material :

  • A blender
  • A bowl

Ingredients :

  • 175 g of chickpeas
  • 120 g pastry of sesame (Tahine)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 lemon juices
  • 60 ml of water
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Vegetables like radishes and carrots to served with the Houmous


The preparation of Houmous :

  • In a blender, pour chickpeas and three garlic cloves.
  • Mix and add the pastry of sesame (tahine), two lemon juices and water.
  • You must mix until the preparation become homogeneous.
  • You can add a little water, if your mix is not consistent.
  • If you don’t have a blender, you can mix ingredients in a little bowl with a fork. Crush chickpeas and the pastry of sesame (tahine).
  • Finally, pour your preparation in a bowl. Dig a little hole at the center and pour the olive oil.
  • Serve with radishes, carrots and breadsticks to dip into the Houmous.


TIPS of OPERAL FOOD :  The canned chickpeas must to be rinse and dry before the preparation. It is possible to add chili peppers for the courageous people  😉


4 enfants à table noir et blanc__

TASTER : “I am Lebanese and your recipe is like of my grandmother’s recipe ! Thank you OPERAL FOOD !” – “I found this recipe by chance. It is delicious !”


And for more tastes, I propose you a sauce recipe to serve with your Houmous.

The Houmous sauce :

Difficultynote-1-etoile (low)


Time : 5 minutes

Ingredients :

  • 15 ml of olive oil
  • 1 spoon of parsley
  • 2 spoons of paprika
  • Some black olives


The preparation of Houmous sauce :

  • In bowl, mix the olive oil with two spoons of paprika.
  • Cut the parsley and add it into the bowl.
  • Mix and pour on the Houmous.
  • Put some black olives to decorate.


Thank you for your attention. Please feel free to post your suggestions, pictures or questions in a comment. I wish you a good reading and let’s go cooking !





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