Caramelised Onion Hummus

The only thing better than homemade hummus is homemade hummus spiked with cumin caramelised onions! This recipe is packed with flavour and so easy to make. It’s cheaper, tastier and healthier than the shop-bought kind.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Vegan, Vegetarian


  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 red onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 x 400g tin chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 5 tbsps water
  • 5 tbsps extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 tbsps lemon juice
  • 2 heaped tablespoon tahini


  1. Heat a splash of extra-virgin olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
  2. Add the onions and season generously with sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper. Reduce the heat to low/medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until very soft and caramelised, around 30 minutes. Don’t rush the process! Caramelising onions takes time. If the onions start to catch, add a splash of water to the pan and stir to combine.
  3. Transfer the cooked onions to a small bowl or plate and set aside to cool.
  4. Place the caramelised onions and remaining ingredients in a food-processor or high-powered blender and season generously with sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper.
  5. Blitz until smooth, adding a little water or olive oil, if necessary. Adjust seasoning, to taste and serve with flatbreads. Get my Flatbread recipe here.


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