Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Hummus or Humus?

Hummus, hummous, houmous, hommos, humos, hommus, hoummos not to be confused with Humus (& I'm not even going to mention the Hummus Wars!)

I get easily confused & so I make my own peaceful & very edible hummus.


I put a tin of chick peas & a tin of butter beans in the blender. I realise that this is meant to be a chick pea dish but I like the texture that butter beans add to the mix. (They are cheaper than chick peas too!)

To be thrifty, soak dried butter beans overnight then rinse thoroughly & boil for approx 20 mins to soften. Chick peas need hours of cooking so I tend to buy them ready cooked.

Add a slurp of sunflower oil & a dash of olive oil (too much olive oil makes the mix bitter).

A crushed clove of garlic & a good splosh of lemon juice add zing.

I like spiced hummus, so I add approx half a teaspoon of smoked paprika, cinnamon, ground cumin, ground coriander & a grating of nutmeg. (I sometimes add chopped root ginger from the freezer)

If you have tahini or peanut butter, add a tablespoon.

Blitz...

Add extra oil/lemon juice if too solid.

Season to taste.

I like to add chopped herbs; chopped coriander leaf from the freezer is a favourite too. A drizzle of nasturtium pesto is also good...as is chopped thyme or oregano.

It keeps in the fridge for a few days (& can be frozen too but on defrosting it can be quite, erm, 'windy'...!)


14 comments:

Penelope said...

Scrummy, I love humous and yes that's how my brain likes to spell it! Love the addition of butter beans, delish. Thanks for sharing your relaxed and yummy recipe xox Penelope

uniqueschmuck said...

How interesting that you find chickpeas take a long time to cook! I find that of all the dried peas and beans, chickpeas are the quickest. When I soak, I add a teaspoon of baking soda to the soaking water. This softens the outer skin. I find they only take 4 hours or so to soften, then boiled for half an hour and are ready to use. So, that might work for you to increase the thriftiness of your hummous! Adding butter beans is a genius idea.

and hello! I think I came here via a link from The Reading Room.

Mrs. Micawber said...

Thank you - this is so timely. We were just talking about hummus at work and I had to confess I've never tried it. Now I have a good recipe to follow. :)

marigold jam said...

I must give that recipe a go as I love the stuff (see how I have avoided choosing a particular spelling! I also popped over to your nasturtium page - must try the pick;ed brains too as we have loads of the seeds though they won't dry out on the plants this weather I know!

Angela said...

I think I spell it hummus [but now I am not sure] It took my brain years to decide that it is yogurt [not yoghurt, yoghourt or even yaourt] And home made its lovely. Have you discovered BROWN chick peas? [slightly smaller than regular] my daughters poundshop sells the cans at 3 for £. They taste a little nuttier, but they are a little windier!

blessings x

Calico Kate said...

Am only a recent liker of chickpea paste (!) Can't remember how I happened to try it as for years I didn't like it I think I was put off by a particularly bitterly garlicky one and never again, not really keen on cold garlic. However, all that has changed & I love the stuff. Also love the idea of putting butter beans in it as I adore those. No am itching to make/consume vast quantities!
CKx

Calico Kate said...

Oh forgot to say a local coffee shop makes a roasted red pepper version that is reeeeeally delish. She roasts the peppers and scrapes out the flesh then adds to the rest of the ingredients. Fabulous colour too.
CKx

Frances said...

Your recipe sounds so yummy, but I admit to being too lazy to make my own, when I have a choice of varieties available at my market for a very reasonable price.

I think I will buy some later on today! Thank you. xo

Toffeeapple said...

That is also a good substitute for butter on sandwiches, much better for the figure...

Mrs King said...

Yum - I like your idea about the butterbeans and spices, I will try your recipe. thanks x

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Sounds delicious :) And I shall remember not to freeze it and save the poor dogs from my husband attempting to pin the blame on them ;)

BadPenny said...

umm love it however it is spelled but not butterbeans !

Karen S Booth said...

I never know how to spell it either too! However, never mind the spelling, your hummus looks great! Karen

Eco Thrifty Living said...

I love hummous (however you spell it) and I love your thrifty tips in this recipe! I think I tried to use ground up sunflower seeds when making it once, which wasn't so great. I like the peanut butter idea!

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