The World Doesn’t Need Another Hummus Recipe
But I’m going to post mine anyway. Because, well, I’m sure my mum has never read a blog with a hummus recipe. 😉 I started with dried chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), as I am trying to reduce my exposure to BPA in can linings. Plus dried chickpeas are much higher in folate. So first I’ll walk you through preparing the chickpeas. If you are new to dried beans, cooking chickpeas is a good place to start. I’ve never had trouble with them falling apart like I’ve had other beans.
To soak one cup chickpeas cover them with 3-4 cups cold water. I like to put them in a 4-cup measuring cup and then fill the cup up. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a cat-free location, if necessary! (I put it in my cupboard.) Let soak for at least 8 hours.– I put them to soak before I leave for work. If you leave them too long, they will start to sprout. (Right, Mum?) 😉 Drain, rinse, and place in a large pot with plenty of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about an hour. Check for desired softness after about 45 minutes; when the chickpeas are just about done, add salt, if desired. (Apparently if you add it any earlier the beans won’t soften properly.) Drain when softened to your liking. One cup dried will yield two cups cooked. Use as desired. They can be frozen to keep on hand for quick meals.
1 cup chickpeas
3 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup water
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp salt
pepper to taste
Place all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth, adding additional water if necessary. Makes a little over 1 cup. Best if used within 6 days. Most recipes include olive oil, so you can add some if you like, but I don’t think it necessarily needs that extra fat.
Use a a dip or sandwich spread.
Once again Chai was seriously disappointed that the blender didn’t mean a smoothie. He tried the “hummus smoothie” but he didn’t like it– cats reportedly dislike citrus, so it was probably the lemon juice. He did, however, enjoy the chickpeas.
Do you use canned or dried beans? What do you use hummus for?