The truth? I never used to understand why people made their own hummus. To me, the food processor is a pain to clean and the thought of making it was overwhelming. Also, being the major over-thinker that I am, I figured if I were to go through the trouble of making my own hummus, shouldn't I go the whole 9 yards and buy my beans dry from the bulk bin, too? And there was the problem. Bulk bin beans still scare me. My tummy doesn't agree with a lot of pulses (mainly lentils), so I really just don't have much experience in that arena. However, when I went on a low fodmap diet in hopes of reducing my IBS symptoms that were getting out of hand, I missed hummus. Like really missed hummus. Garlic is a prominent ingredient in every prepackaged hummus I like at the store, so the time had come to pull out my food processor and do the damn thing. Spoiler alert, I totally used canned beans to get the job done. If anyone has tips on using bulk beans in recipes - feel free to let me know in the comments below. Until then, I will be whipping up variations of the below recipe and eating it with my meals mindfully and in moderation (this approach to eating has been helping me more than going low fodmap!). If you're not on a garlic restrictive diet. Feel free to add 2-4 (depending on your love for the flavor) cloves of roasted garlic. I'm sure it is ABSOLUTELY delicious.
Ingredient // Pantry items:
- Canned garbanzo beans
- Olive oil
- Curry powder
- Cayenne // chili flakes
- Drain 1 can of garbanzo beans (SAVE THE LIQUID) or carefully spoon beans out of can (my preferred method) and into a food processor.
- Measure out 1/4 cup of the liquid the bean were sitting in and add it to the food processor along with 1/4 cup of tahini, a scant 1/4 cup of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of lime juice, 1 teaspoon of curry powder, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and a light sprinkling of paprika.
- Blend for a bit.
- Slowly add 2 tablespoons of olive oil while the food processor is running.
- Blend until smooth.
- Taste and add more salt if needed.
- Pour into a bowl, like the spatula, add a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of cayenne or chili flakes, and serve!
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I have. You can totally omit the curry powder for a plain hummus or sub with the spice of your choice!