Saturday, 6 June 2009

Hummus: The Series. Part 1

Hummus was never around when I was a child, and was only introduced to me as a fridge and picnic staple in my late teens. Nowadays not a week goes past when I don't polish off a tub or two, and in my short relationship with hummus I have come across many varieties on the standard chickpea mush- some that work, others that don't. In this new series exclusive to Through The Witty Pun I am going to take you on a journey- one that will no doubt inspire, enlighten, educate and bring back a memory or two to fellow hummus connoisseurs. I must add here that these reviews are the sole opinion of me, Paris Stilton, and not necessarily the view of Through The Witty Pun as a collective. So, like, don't sue me yeah. Furthermore, there doesn't seem to be a unified aggreement on one spelling of hummus/houmous/humous so you will see them used interchangeably. Deal with it.

1. Moroccan Inspired Hummus
Sainsburys 200g £1.25

Well, it may be a reviewer's faux par to start with what might end up being crowned the king of hummuses, but Sainsbury's Moroccan Inspired Hummus is out of this world. A thick, velvety texture cut through by a sharp kick of spice and with a generous clump of chickpeas on top this hummus can almost constitute a meal on it's own. Due to the richness of this treat of a dip, it goes very well with raw veg such as carrot or cucumber but can be borderline stodge on anything carby such as pitta or breadsticks. You are paying a little more for this than the regular product but for a true hummus indulgence you can't do better than this bad boy. The one and only fault I can find with this is that a larger size isn't on offer- one tub isn't enough to go round, but two seems like an extravagance, even for luxury-anything-goes-no-denial night.

Moroccan Style Houmous (90%); Red Pepper Topping (10%).Moroccan Style Houmous contains: Cooked Chickpeas (31%) (Water, Chickpeas), Onion (24%), Rapeseed Oil, Tahini (from Sesame) (10%), Water, Red Chilli (5%), Concentrated Lemon Juice, Coriander (1%), Salt, Garlic Purée, Ginger Purée, Cumin, Paprika, Turmeric, Cinnamon.Red Pepper Topping contains: Cooked Chickpeas (54%) (Water, Chickpeas), Onion (36%), Red Pepper (27%), Rapeseed Oil, Lemon Juice from Concentrate, Red Chilli (1.5%), Sugar, Coriander (1.5%), Smoked Paprika, Salt, Paprika, Garlic Purée, Black Pepper


  1. my fave also. lovin the new wheelydealy meal review.

  2. I totally agree - no week is complete without devouring at least two pots of this chickpea heaven. However, Sainsbury's Mixed olive and tomato houmous is rapidly becoming a runner up to the Moroccan. Yum!