Cumin Spiced Hummus

October 03, 2014

Cumin Spiced Hummus

Since I received my Thermomix in December 2012, I have spent the better part of the past 18 months eating an inordinate amount of hummus!  I have always loved hummus, but until I started making it myself on a regular basis, I didn’t understand just how wonderful this dip is.

Hummus with vegetable sticks.  Hummus with organic corn chips.  Hummus spread thickly on freshly baked almond bread with avocado, tomato and dukkah.  Hummus used as a dressing, mixed generously through a crispy salad.  Dollops of hummus on top of freshly baked vegan pizza.  Yum!

So, here is a really basic hummus recipe that uses lots of lemon and is spiced subtly with cumin and paprika.  You can use a food processor or even a blender to make this and, of course, it’s a snap if you’ve got a Thermomix.

My favourite way to serve this dip is with lots of fresh and crunchy vegetable sticks – normally carrot, celery, cucumber and red capsicum.  Whatever sides you serve it with, I hope you come to love this recipe as much as I do and cook it regularly for yourself and your loved ones.

Cumin Spiced Hummus


  • 250g cooked chickpeas (either use one 400g can of organic chickpeas drained or 250g of chickpeas you have cooked yourself)
  • 2 heaped tablespoons of hulled tahini
  • 1/8 cup of good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 and a half lemons, juiced
  • 1 bead of garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground paprika
  • Enough filtered water to give you the consistency you like – I normally use 1/4 cup of water


  1. The method for this is really easy.  Add all of the ingredients, except the water, to your food processor or Thermomix bowl.  Mix until you can tell that you might need to add more liquid.
  2. If using a Thermomix, you can mix initially for 10-20 seconds on speed 5.  You will start to hear the blades not mixing any ingredients any more, at which point you can remove the lid and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add your water to the food processor or Thermomix bowl.  Blend until smooth and well combined.
  4. If using a Thermomix, mix for another 30-40 seconds on speed 6. Remove the lid and scrape down the sides of the bowl again.
  5. Taste the dip to ensure it is to your liking and doesn’t require more seasoning.
  6. Remove the dip from your food processor or Thermomix and place in a serving bowl.  

I like to drizzle my hummus with some good quality organic extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with a little more ground cumin.  Then serve this with your favourite sides – vegetable sticks, crackers, corn chips, or place big dollops on top of your next salad. Delicious!

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