Tuesday, June 19

Recipe File: Raw Hummus

Yesterday I sang the praises of raw hummus. I was a huge salt fiend before I went raw. And whenever I wrestle my vehicle past a fast-food outlet, my mouth starts watering for more salt.

I usually resist, because by the time I get home to my salty hummus, the urge has pretty much passed. But when I really, really, truly want something salty, just knowing this is in my refrigerator at home is sufficient to get me over the bumps.

How do I make raw hummus? It’s scary simple, and incredibly cheap.

One of the fun things about assembling raw food is that nothing’s ever exact, and even if it were, it wouldn’t taste exactly the same each time.

That said, here’s an approximation of a recipe for raw hummus. Change it up a little and see what happens.

A cup
A sprouter
A blender (or food processor)

Base Ingredients
1C dried garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
2C water
1/3C raw sesame seeds (raw tahini is tough to come by, and if your blender is good, it won't matter)
2T lemon juice

Optional ingredients
2T water if required for blending
1T cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil
1 large floret of raw cauliflower (makes a slightly creamier texture)
1t ground cumin
1/2t Celtic sea salt

Pine nuts
Sundried tomato
Artichoke heart
Chopped spinach
Jalapeno pepper
Pico de gallo
Red bell pepper

1. Soak dried garbanzo beans (i.e., chickpeas) in water for about a day.

2. Discard water.

3. Pour beans in sprouter for about a day and a half to two days, until little sprouts appear (rinse twice a day to retain moisture).

4. At this point, some raw chefs blanch the sprouted beans in very hot water for half a minute to decrease the "green" flavor. I don't. It might just be the beans I buy, but my hummus doesn't seem to have any bitter or sour or green taste.

5. Toss the sprouted beans in the blender, along with remaining ingredients. (Most of the optional ingredients can be stirred in after blending.)

Eat up! Carrots, celery, snap peas, zucchini, jicama, bell pepper, cherry tomatos...hummus makes any of them just a little more edible!