Is it cheaper? Homemade Hummus

homemade hummus with bread
  • Total recipe cost | R 42.50
  • Recipe yields| 860g
  • Cost per 100g | R 4.94

Hummus is one of those things that easily find their way into any vegan’s shopping trolley. It’s basically a staple food – and certainly that thing you can spread on the last piece of toast for a fast and easy snack. 

But, if it’s a vegan staple – and you’re a vegan – you’ve got to question whether you can make it any cheaper than you’d find at the grocery store.  I dug around the costs of my go-to hummus recipe and this is what I found.

Homemade Hummus

vegan hummus recipe

Just about every vegan I know can slam a pack of hummus in just a matter of minutes. If that describes you, it’s time to start making hummus in bigger quantities for smaller price.

Yields: 860 grams

  • 1½ cups dried chickpeas | R 12.00
  • 3 cups water | R 0.00
  • ½ cup tahini | R 16.88
  • ¼ cup olive oil | R 9.99
  • 2 lemons, juiced | R 1.51
  • 1 clove garlic | R 0.60
  • 1 teaspoon salt | R 0.08
  • ½ teaspoon cumin | R 0.85

Cook the chickpeas | Place the dried chickpeas and water in an electric pressure cooker and cook for 1 hour. If you don't have an electronic pressure cooker, you can soak your chickpeas overnight, drain, then boil on the stove with 4 cups of fresh water for about 2 hours. Either way, drain off - and reserve - excess water when the chickpeas are soft.

Mix the hummus | Place the cooked, drained chickpeas in a food processor or blender and whiz until smooth. Add some reserved cooking water, if needed for consistency

bread dipped into hummus

Is it cheaper to make hummus or buy it?

That depends on how you slice it. 

It’s way easier to make hummus from scratch if your kitchen is well-equipped, specifically a pressure cooker and a food processor. You can certainly make a go of it, but you’ll need to weigh the effort against the cost. 

If you need some vegan hummus in a hurry, you can pop over to just about any grocery store in South Africa and pick some up. 


R 34.99 | 180g

R19.44 per 100g

R 24.99 | 120g

R 20.83 per 100g


R 19.99 | 125g

R 15.99 per 100g

Where would I buy hummus in Johannesburg?

If I was to buy pre-made hummus, I would definitely pick it up from This Little Piggy in Blairgowrie, Johannesburg.

Actually, don’t let me lie, I still buy hummus from this deli (which totally understands what is and isn’t vegan) on the regular. It’s that good. 

This Little Piggy

R 40.00 | 250g

R16.00 per 100g

It’s handmade in their deli (by a Lebanese chef), and the taste is superb. And, you’ll also get R5 towards your next purchase when you return the glass jar, which means:

In the end, This Little Piggy offers the best deal if you’re purchasing hummus in Joburg and is definitely the way to go when last-minute entertaining becomes a thing again. 

2 Replies to “Is it cheaper? Homemade Hummus”

  1. Good morning,

    This hummus sounds to die for. Please may I order 2 jars.
    Once ready just let me know as I am down the road and can collect.
    Have a super Sunday,
    Gaby 082 557 2914

  2. Hello Gaby!

    Thanks for reaching out. I think you’re looking for This Little Piggy hummus (or, check out the recipe section for my own). Currently, This Little Piggy is open from Tuesday to Saturday, but I’ll put you in touch with them – and I’ll WhatsApp you some deli info that I have in the meantime.

    Enjoy your Sunday!

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