Sunday, March 21, 2010

Make your own hummus

It's super easy to make your own hummus. It's fun to experiment with different flavors by using different beans, herbs, and vegetables.

A few ways to mix it up:
Edamame, sesame oil & ginger
Black beans, cumin & chipotle pepper Replace tahini with chopped walnuts Add ground flaxseeds
Flavor with herbs like parsley, cilantro, dill, basil
Add lime, lemon or orange juice
Use different spices like rosemary, oregano, coriander, thyme

It doesn't necessarily require a food processor either. I use my mortar and pestle, and do all the work by hand. It's not as creamy as a food processor would make, but I prefer my hummus chunky. Plus I get some sort of satisfaction by doing it by hand, working in small batches.

Simple Hummus
1 can of garbanzo beans
juice of 1/2 lemon (or more, to taste)
1.5 tsp curry powder
1 tbsp walnuts, chopped finely
1 tsp cumin, ground
1 tsp allspice
1 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp cilantro, minced

I work in batches, using a mortar & pestle (larger size). Work until all the ingredients are mashed up. Or toss all ingredients in a food processor and let it do the work for you.

A simple, delicious hummus that doesn't include preservatives or artificial flavors, like the ones you buy ready made at the store. Enjoy as a dip with carrots or spread across a piece of bread with avocado and cucumber.

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