“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Dip „
Houmous is something that I was introduced to less than a year ago, but since that moment I have tried as many different types of it as I can; I simply cannot get enough of the stuff! I must say that the one I keep coming back to time after time is Tesco Caramelised Onion Houmous.
Houmous is an Arabic dip made out of mashed chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, tahini and salt. This caramelised onion flavour is made from the same but with, as the name suggests, caramelised onions mixed in. Despite being reduced fat this dip loses none of its wonderful flavour. Essentially what you get is a 200g plastic container, wrapped in an aesthetically pleasing card pack and containing a caramelised onion spread. For all those environmentally concerned individuals it is perhaps worth noting that both of these items of packaging can be recycled. The cost of this product is usually around £1.12, but Tescos always seem to be doing an offer where you can get two for £2, which I think is fantastic value for money.
It is recommended that when this product is open that it is used within three days; I tend to go through phases of wanting houmous before going off it for a while and have found that it will, if refrigerated correctly, last for 4 or 5 (assuming you haven't eaten it all by that stage!) It is delicious when eaten on crackers, when eaten on toast or in sandwiches, or even when mixed with pasta! The wonderful thing is that it isn't unhealthy either. This fact, combined with its price and sweet taste, mean that it makes for a wonderful treat every once in a while.
There are a wide range of 'flavoured' houmous dips available at Tesco's alongside ordinary houmous. I am a huge houmous fan and they are really handy when I get in late from work and there is no time to cook. It's just a question of grilling some pitta bread and there you have it! On a recent trip I noticed that they had a promotion on their dips and that you could get 2 for £2. This is a saving of 28p as they normally cost £1.14 each.
I spotted the reduced fat caramelised onion houmous amongst the range and as this was one that I'd never tried I popped it in my basket. I wasn't particularly going for a reduced fat variety but this was the one on promotion and I've tried a low fat version of Tesco's normal houmous and it didn't really taste much different to their normal one.
For those who have never had houmous, it is a Mediterranean dip that is traditionally made with crushed chickpeas, tahini (sesame seed paste), garlic and olive oil. The caramelised onion houmous is a traditional houmous that is mixed with caramelised onions. It looks like traditional houmous except that it is slightly darker due to the onions.
The dip comes in a 200g pot, enclosed in cardboard packaging, which contains a picture of the dip and nutritional information. It is suitable for vegetarians. When I opened the pot the first thing I noticed was a sweet smell, due to the caramelised onion. I normally really like caramelised onion so was looking forward to tasting this. I dipped in my freshly grilled pitta, took a bite and immediately scrunched up my nose.
Houmous normally has a lovely tangy taste with undertones of creamyness due to the tahini. In this case I wasn't getting any of that. The texture was still as expected but all I could taste was sweetness. It was like they'd mixed in a couple of tablespoons of sugar into it! Thinking that maybe the taste would grow on me I continued to eat but had to give up after a couple more bites and ended up throwing the rest of it away. This is practically unheard of for me - I will generally finish off a meal even if I don't like it, as I'm not one for wasting food. But this had pushed me to my limit.
I think it may have been better if they'd just put a dollop of caramelised onions in the centre of the pot that could be mixed in as required. This is what they do for some of their other variety of houmous and at least that way it is possible to choose whether to have it or not.
Each quarter pot contains 85 calories and 4.2g fat, of which 0.5g is saturated. This is around 30% less than the standard variety. Once opened the pot must be kept refrigerated and consumed within 2 days. It is not suitable for home freezing.
Cooked chickpeas (45%), caramelised onions (31%) (containing onion, brown sugar and vegetable oil), water, vegetable oil, sesame seed paste, lemon concentrate, garlic puree, sugar and salt.
Overall I was pretty disappointed with this variety of houmous and will be steering well clear of this in the future! 1-star but only because I have to!