This recipe makes spicy hummus, which is perfect for a snack or light meal when served with bread or salad. It’s low in fat and calories but contains plenty of protein. Dairy and gluten free, it’s suitable for individuals who are lactose intolerant or have coeliac disease, as well as individuals following vegan, cholesterol-lowering and Mediterranean diets.


Makes 4 sides with bread

  • 250 g dry chickpeas
  • 5 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp paprika


  1. Soak the chick peas in water overnight.
  2. Rinse chickpeas, add more water and boil for approximately 20 minutes.
  3. Add all ingredients except the paprika to a food processor and blend until smooth. If the paste is too dry, add a little water or more lemon juice until you get the desired consistency.
  4. Scoop into a serving bowl and sprinkle with paprika.
  5. Serve chilled.

Preparation time:
15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Difficulty rating: Easy

  • Serve with fresh wholegrain bread for a light and healthy lunch that’s high in fibre. Fibre is an important micronutrient used by the gastrointestinal system to digest food;
  • Serve with a green salad for a meal that provides loads of vitamins and minerals to keep your body healthy;
  • Serve as a snack with vegetable sticks or crackers at you next party;
  • You can substitute dried chickpeas for cooked, canned chickpeas. However, be sure to check the package label and choose a brand with no added sugar or salt. Choosing packaged foods with no added sugar or salt is an important step you can take to improve your diet.
  • Leave out the paprika if you want hummus that’s a bit less spicy.
  • Serve on a dip and salad platter, for example with cucumber and yoghurt salad, eggplant dip or cucumber, tomato and onion salad.

This spicy hummus comes to you from Michelle’s kitchen in Dulwich Hill, NSW.

Nutritional content

Nutritional analysis per serve:

Energy 811 kJ
194 cal
Protein 8.6 g
Total fat 6.8 g
Saturated fat 0.9 g
Carbohydrates 21.0 g
Total sugars 2.1 g
Fibre 7.4 g
Sodium 801.1 mg
Cholesterol 0 mg
Potassium 262.2 mg


More information

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