“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Other Spreads „
I love houmous - quite honestly I could eat it with anything, but even I get bored with the plain flavours sometimes. I was intrigued by this lemon and coriander houmous, and as I like citrussy things I decided to try it.
The houmous comes in a clear plastic tub with a cardboard sleeve. On the sleeve is a photo of the houmous on some crackers, the product name in lime green writing, and the Sainsbury's logo.
The houmous is pale cream with flecks of coriander in it. It only contains 3% coriander, and 4% lemon.
I tried spreading this on Ryvita and rice cakes. The houmous was thick and full of chickpeas but unfortunately not very garlicky. I find that most Sainsbury's houmous doesn't have much garlic, which is a shame. The lemon flavour comes across strongly but actually made it seem slightly sour. I wasn't keen at all. It seemed to kill the lovely chunky chickpea, garlicky taste and texture of houmous. All in all it was fairly bland and a let down.
I haven't bought this again, nor would I. In comparison, Sainsbury's now do a mixed olive and tomato houmous which is AMAZING, so all is forgiven for this one!
Per quarter of a pot, this has 128kcal, 1.3g saturated fat, and 0.46g salt.
Thanks for reading.
I'm a new comer to the world of houmous. If I'm frank, I think it looks fairly unappetizing and if it hadn't of been served up as part of my dinner I would never of even tried it.
Houmous is basically a middle eastern food, made from either mashed chickpeas or garbanzo beans. Possibly the reason as to why I've avoided eating it for so long.
This lemon & coriander version contains 200g for the price of £1.19 and comes in a clear plastic tub with a cardboard cover around it. So half of it is recyclable. The packaging isn't exactly jumping out at you but it does provide the nutritional information in a clear format so it's easy to see.
The actual flavour has a strong lemony taste to it, so much so that the coriander is only very faint. That's not to say it's a bad combination, they do mingle together rather well. Whilst there is a punchy citrus taste to fill your mouth it isn't so overpowering that that is all there is to it. The coriander although subtle, does come through enough to mellow the sourness of the lemon.
It has a funny texture. Despite it being smooth and creamy it is also slightly gritty, however this isn't in an unpleasant way. It is hardly recognisable when you are using the houmous as part of a dip.
Overall I think it's not something which I'd initially go out and buy for myself. I was eating it along with raw carrot sticks and I can't stand the rotten vegetables. If it managed to make them taste nice then it's in no way a bad product. This could be down the the strong flavour as it does drown out quite a bit of the milder tasting vegetables so just bear that in mind.
The Lemon & Coriander houmous is tastier than what I'd imagined as I was a bit dubious about it. It provides a nice combination which I wouldn't say no to if it was offered again.