Houmous and Falafel

My quest for tasty packed lunches continues this week with Asda’s finest offerings. Once when I was working in Manchester at a Crafts Fair, for a week I lived on Bagel Nash and their fancy pants Houmous and Falafel bagel. It was a taste sensation. Every now and again I fancy it but alas in Stoke the most exotic lunch time eatery we have is Subway. 

 Asda have quite a range of houmous in their fridges from roasted red pepper (vomit) to peri peri (yum). The Bombay Houmous was one I hadn’t notice before (probably because it’s new d’uh) so thought I’d give it a go, I expected it to taste like Bombay mix or perhaps a Bombay Bad Boy Pot Noodle. It’s Bombay flavour after all.

 The consistency is a lot chunkier than regular houmous, when I was spreading it I actually got a little bit excited thinking it had peanuts in. Alas, they were simply chickpea’s which had been left whole. It was full of spices and things and tasted fairly nice. It’s nothing special but has a slightly mild flavour with a mini hit of spice. Oh, and tastes nothing like Bombay mix or the pot noodle.

 I picked up some Carrot and Coriander Falafels for my bagel adventure too. I’ve had these before and although they taste fairly bland they’re not too bad on a sandwich/bagel when served with something else. I wouldn’t pay more than a £1 for them though. If I was going to pay more for falafel I’d just get the Cauldren ones which are tasty business.

So my serving suggestion is to grab yourself a Marks and Spencers sesame seed bagel. They are possibly the best bagels I have ever sampled in my life. Not as dense as the New York bagels or Tesco own. Pop the houmous and falafel (sliced) on with some cucumber, spinach and gherkin. It’s the best thing that I’ve eaten this week (for lunch, I eat a lot).
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Natalie Pluck

If you're ever in Marylebone Station, check out the bagel shop next to Burger King round the back of the trains. They do the best bagels, they're soft and fresh! Fab. X

jimmi lou

Ooh that looks yummy, I love bagels and I love houmous. Never tried a bombay one though, they aren't that exotic or experimental here in the Aussie supermarkets! I've never actually had falafel either!

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Angel In This Dress

Mmmmm bagels… this is all making me seriously hungry! Lunch time any one?


I'm a bit of a bagel monster, bagels with any filling especially sesame seed bagels …this looks good 🙂

Sarah Harradine

Oh man I am gagging for this now, but I am far too lazy to go get the ingredients. Do you think M&S bagels are better than even Bagel Nash bagels? Because Bagel Nash bagels are the dream.


I'm lazy so usually take a boring cheese cob for lunch at work, I loveee falafel and houmous though, may have to get experimenting for my lunch too!


oh yum this looks delicious! i'm always trying to come up with ideas for lunch at work, so i'll definitely keep this one in mind.


I would never have thought to put that in a bagel, but it sounds (and looks) nice! I'll have to give it a go 🙂


I like this post very much because my top favourite foods are all of these things, totally agree with you about M&S bagels 🙂


I wish I had known about this houmous whilst at ASDA yesterday! However, my favourite variety is plain with a squirt of wasabi paste!


Oooh this looks good, I tried houmous for the first time recently and I likeddd!! I still don't know what falafel is though… :S haha