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 Post subject: Decent houmous recipe request
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 4:29 pm 
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So... all the homemade houmous/hummus I've ever had tasted very bland. Does anyone have a recipe that never fails?

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 Post subject: Re: Decent houmous recipe request
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Any of these, but especially the classic. The baking soda is a must, as is cooking the chickpeas from dried. http://www.vegetariantimes.com/article/ ... erfection/


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Those look good, vijita! I've never tried using baking soda - what do you find it adds to the dish? Does it make the chickpeas softer or something?
My old housemate used to reserve the chickpea cooking liquid to use when blending the chickpeas, which added some flavour. If blended right away, the warm water makes it easier to get a nice smooth hommus as well. I prefer the method of not adding any oil until after the hommus is made, then transferring to a bowl or container and just drizzling olive oil on top - you get a good olive oil flavour then too. I sometimes top it with smoked paprika then as well, which is really yummy.

Other than that, I find that adding plenty of lemon juice and garlic really helps it to not be bland.

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 Post subject: Re: Decent houmous recipe request
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this is the recipe I use - http://engine2diet.com/recipe/engine-2-hummus/

with additions ... lately I have been adding lots of mint ...

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I'm glad you posted this thread! I think store bought hummus tastes way better than anything I've made at home, and I have tried quite a few recipes. I haven't tried the one Vijita posted though, I'll give that a whirl.

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 Post subject: Re: Decent houmous recipe request
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I usually make the Vcon one, upping the lemon and oil a bit.

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Red pepper hummus!

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 Post subject: Re: Decent houmous recipe request
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Those look good, vijita! I've never tried using baking soda - what do you find it adds to the dish? Does it make the chickpeas softer or something?

It does! Though I couldn't even possibly wrap my head around the science of it (where is Alton Brown when you need him?!). It makes super creamy hummus like what you'd get at a Lebanese restaurant.


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The roasted red pepper hummus & creamy hummus from Vive Le Vegan are both really good and flavorful! My mom has actually requested that I bring the red pepper hummus it over for parties and family events.


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vijita wrote:
gunk wrote:
Those look good, vijita! I've never tried using baking soda - what do you find it adds to the dish? Does it make the chickpeas softer or something?

It does! Though I couldn't even possibly wrap my head around the science of it (where is Alton Brown when you need him?!). It makes super creamy hummus like what you'd get at a Lebanese restaurant.


Hmmm, definitely going to have to try this!


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 Post subject: Re: Decent houmous recipe request
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vijita wrote:
gunk wrote:
Those look good, vijita! I've never tried using baking soda - what do you find it adds to the dish? Does it make the chickpeas softer or something?

It does! Though I couldn't even possibly wrap my head around the science of it (where is Alton Brown when you need him?!). It makes super creamy hummus like what you'd get at a Lebanese restaurant.
Huh. I put bicarb in my mushy peas to make them smoother, so this completely makes sense. Also, a slightly alkaline environment promotes the Maillard reaction (which is science for deliciousness).

Thank you everyone for your recommendations!

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 Post subject: Re: Decent houmous recipe request
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baking soda in hummus?

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 Post subject: Re: Decent houmous recipe request
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lp, it's not IN the hummus, it's in the chickpea cooking water. Alkaline makes vegetables mushy and acid makes them tough! and then a bunch of weird stuff happens to the pigments, too! i had to memorize all the pigment changes for basic or acidic environments for the registered dietitian exam. who knows why, but it was kind of fun.

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 Post subject: Re: Decent houmous recipe request
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I'm glad you told me that because I have some chik peas I cooked today that I'm gonna make hummus with and I totally would have put it IN the hummus

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 Post subject: Re: Decent houmous recipe request
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Baking soda also helps falafel, although I put it in the falafel mix (because falafel is made from just soaked, not cooked chickpeas, maybe they get cooked in the fryer? the baking soda also adds a little lift I think, less density).


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 Post subject: Re: Decent houmous recipe request
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I always find if I subtract the amount of tahini almost any recipie calls for, it makes it more flavorful. Tahini just kind of smooths out the flavors too much I feel like, so too much is not a good thing. And extra lemon for shizzle.

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 Post subject: Re: Decent houmous recipe request
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I think the salt is what makes store bought hummus taste so great. I have also read about deskinning chickpeas but I am not enough of a hummus purist to care, I hardly ever eat it.

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 Post subject: Re: Decent houmous recipe request
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This is my go-to recipe: http://tastespace.wordpress.com/2011/10 ... at-hummus/

Add more oil if you want a richer, store-bought feel to it. Personally, I love it the way it is - lemony!! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Decent houmous recipe request
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Not 100% traditional, but the roasted eggplant and garlic hummus from Yellow Rose Recipes is the bomb - it's like hummus and baba ghanoush got together and made a beautiful love child. (PM me for the recipe if you're interested and don't have the book.)

http://www.amazon.com/Yellow-Rose-Recip ... 0980144000

This one with white beans looks pretty good, too.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giad ... index.html

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 Post subject: Re: Decent houmous recipe request
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The more oil and salt, the more it tastes like grocery store or restaurant hummus, in my opinion. I also agree that the chickpeas definitely need to be cooked from dry.


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 Post subject: Re: Decent houmous recipe request
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Besides cooked from dry, and using chickpea cooking water, and a shitton of salt and oil, I think it's the blender/processor that makes hummus taste like store bought.

Make that shiitake in a blentec or vitamix, and you'll see what I mean.

Personally, I have a decent food processor, and prefer my hummus with less oil and salt, and more lemon or other favors, like roasted garlic or red peppers. That way I can eat more. Store bought makes my mouth itch now, maybe it's the salt.


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 Post subject: Re: Decent houmous recipe request
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My tip for tasty hummus is to use roasted garlic instead of raw, and add half to a whole bulb. We have really hard water here, so I add bicarb of soad to the soaking water, and a little to the cooking water, with sea salt and a couple of bay leaves. I also add a dash of cayenne pepper to my hummus.

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Oh yeah, and sometimes I use lime juice instead of lemon juice, add chopped fresh coriander (cilantro) and a dash of sriracha.

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I used the baking soda trick today. Wow it made a difference!

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Yottam Ottolenghi's method: http://food52.com/blog/7305-yotam-ottol ... sic-hummus

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