5 Minute Lime & Chilli Hommus


"Do you want to know the secret to losing weight?" Mr NQN said to me one day.

I do love the man but sometimes he cannot read when his advice isn't wanted. Especially when it is weight loss advice from a reed thin man who is the spitting image of his reed thin father. It's like a supermodel asking if you want advice about how to look more attractive-be born looking like a model perhaps?

"Go on, tell me" I said to him reluctantly.

"Stop eating when you're full" he said.

I know what he means, after all we're supposed to stop eating when we're full but sometimes food tastes so good that you just want it to keep going on and on and on and before you know it you're beyond caring about fat and calories.

Like this dip. Honestly.

I bought a tub of this dip at a market recently and loved the balance of flavours in it. So much so that I scoured the label on the tub to see what the ingredients were as I was determined to make it at home. It was a smooth, light hommus with a wonderful balance of flavours from lime, brown sugar, chilli and coriander. It was so good that before I knew it I was reaching for my sixth cracker with absolutely no will to stop. Before I knew it the tub was almost empty with just a tablespoon left which I did deliberately so that I could try and recreate it. One afternoon, in fact the afternoon after I bought it because I ate it so quickly, I started to experiment with the dip and fortuitously it worked on the first go. Here it is Dear Reader, my now favourite hommus in the whole world! This is definitely one of those recipes that I urge you to try, particularly as it only takes five minutes. I just can't promise self control if you love it as much as I do :)

So tell me Dear Reader, do you try and recreate things that you buy at home? Have you had much success with it?

Psst! If you're intrigued by the home made crackers, I'll share that recipe with you shortly too ;)


5 Minute Lime & Chilli Hommus

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An Original Recipe by Not Quite Nigella

  • 400g/14.1 oz tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed well

  • 1/2 small clove garlic, peeled

  • 4 tablespoons coriander oil* or 2 tablespoons oil and 1 tablespoon finely chopped coriander leaves

  • 3 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce

  • 3 tablespoons lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon tahini

  • 1/3 cup water

  • Salt and pepper


Step 1 - Place the garlic in a food processor or chopper and chop finely. Then add all of the other ingredients into the food processor or chopper and blend until smooth. Serve with crackers or bread.

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