Hummus – Hommus – Hommous?

Ummm can someone please clear this up for me? Everyone seems to spell it a certain way on both packaging and in recipes. Maybe there is no write or wrong. Maybe it’s different cultures or languages? Maybe it’s the way people pronounce it. What do you call it? Too many question marks?


I don’t even know how I spell it anymore. All I know is that I love it with heaps of lemon juice, an extra drizzle of olive oil and a big sprinkle of dukkah. Carrot sticks are my favourite accompaniment but I love pink salted pita crisps too. Both are very cheap to buy and the pita crisps are also very cheap to make. It is always my go to recipe for when unexpected guests pop over and I am making a big batch today so I can freeze smaller portions for snacking. It really is the perfect vegetarian meal wedge.


My grandparents always have tabouli and hommus in the fridge ready to eat because as far as we are concerned – they are super foods! High in protein, iron and vitamins – they are the perfect package! Wrap them both up in pita bread and you have yourself a nutrional meal that is low in fat and easy to eat on the run.


I have heard that ice cubes while you blend helps to whip the hommus but really I find that if I just process it until it’s lightened in colour, it is perfectly whipped. It’s a lot like when you cream butter and sugar. It lightens to about the colour of creaming brown sugar and butter. Keep in mind that I love my hommus lemony. If you don’t, substitute part of the quantity out for water.


Follow my lead. . .


  • 2 x 400g cans chickpeas, drained, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup tahini paste
  • 100ml lemon or lime juice
  • 125ml water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp flaked salt
  1.  Using a food processor, place all ingredients into the processing bowl and blend until an even paste forms.
  2. Serve with carrot and celery sticks.
  3. Chew.
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23 Responses to Hummus – Hommus – Hommous?

  1. Johanna GGG says:

    I love hummus too (and never know how to spell or pronounce it) – dukkah scattered on top sounds brilliant – I bought a beetroot dip on the weekend with dukkah on it and it tasted great. Sadly my little girl loves hummus from the shop rather than the one I made recently – will keep trying!

  2. Reanna says:

    Hummus? I think that’s how I spell it!
    I love it as well, I was amazed at how easy it was to make! I rave about making your own every time I see someone buy it. I’m eager to try out all the different variations I have seen. This one sounds delicious though!

  3. Saskia (1=2) says:

    I pronounce it homm-uss, but spell it hummus, which doesn’t really make sense. I have (beetroot) hummus coming up in my next post too, and was faced with the same spelling dilemma! It must be hummus season – the warm weather always has me reaching for dips and chips and sticks. The ice cube idea sounds bizarre! I do like your addition of water though – I’m sure that must be one of the reasons your hummus looks so beautiful and creamy. Dukkah on top sounds ace too.

  4. My favourite dip! Yours looks so creamy!

  5. Daniela says:

    OMG, this Hummus looks so creamy and tasty- I don’t care any longer how it’s spelt when you have a treat like this just before your eyes :))

  6. Asmita says:

    Looks amazing! We eat so much hummus at home, by the buckets. Seriously, I seem to be always buying it at the grocery store. I should try this version of yours. Yum!

  7. Hummus looks fabulous,we love it lemony too and an extra drizzle of olive oil with Dukkah,just can’t get better,you are so right about the healthful snacking idea with pita chips and this scrumptious spread,will be trying this creamy citrusy dip really soon…TAKE CARE & HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!! :-)

  8. We go through buckets of hummus around here. I love making it and we both love eating it. Yours looks delicious!

  9. Now I am craving hummus :-) And I think there are just lots of different spellings – or at least I hope so! – I write hummus but am used to seeing the other varieties as well. Fortunately whatever you call it, it tastes good!

  10. Your hummus/hommus/hommous {I don’t know how to spell this either :P} recipe has me drooling! Plus, I guess I can finally replace my unhealthy binge eating with this guilt-free treat! Loved it Cass!!!!! :)

  11. Love this hummus recipe with tahini! Looks so yummy!

  12. laurasmess says:

    I actually have no idea how to spell it correctly. I normally use ‘hummus’ as it has less letters (pure laziness) and it seems to be a commonly accepted spelling amongst bloggers and recipe writers. However, I do suspect one of the other versions is more authentic. Argh! It’s like yoghurt, yogurt, yoghourt…. taboulleh and tabouli, babaganoush and babaghanouj, the list goes on!! Anyway, regardless of spelling, your hummus looks divine. Love the idea of the extra oil and dukkah too. Perfect combination! xx

  13. milkteaxx says:

    i spell it hommus but i really dont care because its the taste that matters!

  14. However you say it, one things for sure, it’s delish!

  15. Monet says:

    I also spell it hummus but when I traveled abroad, I saw it spelled hommus. Who knows? I do know that I love it, just like you! Thank you for sharing a recipe. I want to try making a batch at home now!

  16. I think that you spell it hummus too. I love hummus too, yum!

  17. Natalie says:

    I say hummus but always get corrected by my Lebanese friends lol Great recipe, one of my fave dips!

  18. CCU says:

    Mmm, your hummus, hommus (whatever :P) looks simply spoonably delicious!


  19. Can I throw in a curve-ball and say chummus? I have almost as many hummus recipes on my site as there are ways to spell it!

  20. Whatever you want to call it — this sure is comforting dip in our household. Yum!!

  21. I love hummus, and it’s just so much more satisfying when you make it yourself!

  22. Genie says:

    I just call it delicious :)

    I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love hummus. Much like dumplings, pizza and burgers.

  23. I haven’t made my own,Cass, but you have inspired e to try.I LOVE it, but some brands have too much of one thing or another…I am kind of a Goldilocks!

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