Houmous is delicious served with crunchy veggies for dunking, such as celery, fennel, carrots, radishes and cucumber. To keep them crisp, crunchy and stop them from drying out, fill a bowl with lightly salted ice-cold water, add a good splash of vinegar, then submerge your prepped crunchy veggies. Pop in the fridge until needed – they will keep in perfect condition for 3 to 4 days. Not only that, they’ll also take on a lovely light pickled flavour.
Think of this recipe as a principle – you can also make houmous with butter beans, black beans, cannellini beans, or even edamame beans. Delicious!
You can take your houmous in lots of different directions, depending on what you fancy. Try whizzing jarred peppers or roasted veg, such as squash or beetroot into the mix, or a handful of soft fresh herbs. You can also play around with the texture by leaving it quite chunky, stirring through some whole chickpeas or topping with spiced crispy chickpeas.
If you don’t have tahini at home, you can make this recipe with unsweetened peanut butter – it’s not classic, but a great little cheat to have up your sleeve.