20 January 2014

The Ultimate Hummus Recipe

Ingredients (2 servings):
  • 180 g dried chickpeas (or a 400 g can, drained with the water reserved),
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda (for dried chickpeas),
  • 3 tbsp tahini,
  • 3 cloves of garlic,
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil,
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice,
  • a pinch of salt,
  • 1 tbsp water,
  • additional ingredients (choose and mix wisely):
    1. sun-dried tomatoes and chili variation:
      • 3 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes in oil,
      • 2 small white Habanero chili peppers cut into tiny pieces,
    2. soy sauce and cocoa variation:
      • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce,
      • 1 tsp cocoa powder,
    3. or, experiment with:
      • 1 avocado,
      • 100 g cannabis seeds,
      • 1 tsp ground cumin,
      • 1 tsp ground coriander,
      • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil,
      • 1/2 cup roasted red pepper,
      • 3 tsp wasabi (it differs a lot in the strength, so start with a smaller amount and increase according to your taste),
      • 1 tsp turmeric,
      • 2 tsp tandoori masala,
      • 3 tbsp miso paste,
  • for sprinkling:
    • paprika,
    • sumac,
    • za'atar,
  • for serving:
    • bread,
    • pita bread,
    • cucumber,
    • red/yellow/orange pepper,
    • carrot,
    • + extra virgin olive oil.
  1. If starting with dried chickpeas, either put the chickpeas with 0.75 tsp of baking soda and enough water (twice the height of the chickpea) into a cup for 24 hours, or germinate them for several days first.
  2. Drain the chickpeas and put them with fresh water into a slow cooker. Add the rest (0.75 tsp) of baking soda and cook for 3 hours.
  3. Drain and rinse the chickpeas and put them into a blender. Blend for ~1:30 minute until smooth.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until super-smooth. Add water as the last ingredient and very carefully, use it just to control the final consistency (you are going for the consistency of a porridge).
  5. Serve in a bowl, add extra virgin olive oil into a created depression and sprinkle with the topping. You may heat it up a little (less than a minute) in a microwave oven.

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