Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Hummus among us

Whole Wheat Bread with Za'trummus and Avocado

I think hummus is like the vegan equivalent of . . . pizza, maybe? Something that's really basic, always a hit, and open to endless permutations and innovations. So I solicit you, o readers, for your hummus recipes.

Basic Hummus

1 can chickpeas
1-2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1/4 c tahini (optional)
cayenne pepper, to taste
cumin, to taste
salt, to taste
juice of 1/2 to 1 lemon

Instructions: Blend. Add water if necessary for consistency. Garnish with extra cumin, cayenne, olive oil, and parsley.

* use red wine vinegar instead of lemon juice
* use more or less garlic, tahini, lemon, or spices
* CHANA MASALUMMUS: add garam masala (toasted Indian spice blend; cinnamon, cayenne, coriander, cardamom, etc.)
* PIZZA HUMMUS: omit cumin and lemon juice, add tomato paste and oregano
* ZA'TRUMMUS: add za'atar (a Middle Eastern spice blend; typically thyme, oregano, sumac, sesame seeds, and salt)
* SQUMMUS (added 8/19/10): blend chunks of squash that have been boiled until very soft into the basic recipe
* POTATO HUMMUS (added 11/8/10): as with Sqummus, but use regular potatoes
* LENTIL HUMMUS WITH ORANGE AND TARRAGON (added 9/8/10): sub lentils for chickpeas and orange juice for some of the lemon juice; add tarragon


myer nore said...

nice pictures, jules!

my favorite hummus recipe is pretty similar to the one you mention here, but there are a few key differences. i get dried organic chickpeas and cook them in a crockpot with bay leaves until almost overdone. once mushed up they are almost the texture of the tahini - and are the perfect complement flavor. i also add a little freshly ground coriander and paprika, and i make sure the cumin is toasted.

a friend of mine (els f.) used to make what i guess we could call MEXUMMUS (pronounced with the whispered x) - she mixed in cilantro, chipotle, and lime.

myer nore said...

i made a slightly new hummus the other day - new because it had macro crack mixed in (tahini-tamari pasted with toasted and then fried slices of garlic then creamed with water), and because i added some chipotle salsa from trader joe's. took it to a party last night, and it was pretty popular.

Julia said...