I just discovered humus! good stuff!

United States
January 27, 2010 7:22am CST
I decided to try a little cup of humus with pretzels the other day. I have purchsed it several times since then. It is so good. Someone said it's made from gabonzo beans (I don't know how to spell that!) I even met a person who says they make it themselves. I can't wait to taste what she makes because I really love the stff so far!! Have you tried it? Is it really that good for you?
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5 responses
27 Jan 10
Humus is lovely - it is good with oatcakes too, it is good for you because it has garlic, lemon juice and olive oil as well as protein from whichever beans are used. I use chick peas to make it. Either cook to chick peas or buy a good quality organic canned version ready to use and blend with lemon juice, garlic, tahini (sesame seed paste, extra virign olive oil - there are alot of good recipes online and it does not take long to make.
• United States
27 Jan 10
Hmmm sounds good! I had no idea, I just decided to try something new! I was so glad I did!
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27 Jan 10
So keep on enjoying it knowing that it is good for you - just watch out for the salt content that could spoil all the goodness. If I am buying I look for ones that used sea salt as it is better for you. I find it is normally the organic ones that use sea salt.
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• United States
27 Jan 10
I'll keep an eye on that because that can be a problem!! thnx
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@owlwings (40110)
• Cambridge, England
27 Jan 10
I love hummus (there are various ways of spelling it depending of which Middle Eastern language you take it from. I use 'mm' because 'humus' means 'soil' or 'compost' to me!) and it is really very easy to make. It is usually made from chick peas (which I think are also known as garbanzos) but it can be made using many dried beans or peas. It also contains olive oil, garlic and tahini paste (ground sesame seeds). I have tried making it without tahini and it doesn't seem to be as creamy. Actually, peanut butter is a close relative of hummus. Like hummus, it is the ground dried seeds of a member of the pea/bean family. Here is one recipe for making it: http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/5491/hummus-dip.aspx . It uses canned chickpeas (garbanzos) but if you want to cook the dried ones (which would be cheaper), you should cook them until they are very soft. This might take two or three hours of cooking unless you have a pressure cooker. This recipe doesn't have tahini paste (which is sometimes hard to find and is quite expensive when you do find it!) but it does include toasted sesame seeds, which I would recommend including. This recipe is more authentic: http://www.bestrecipes.com.au/recipe/Hummus-Dip-L363.html . You may have to search around for tahini but it is basically a paste made from ground sesame seeds and olive oil: http://mideastfood.about.com/od/dipsandsauces/r/tahinirecipe.htm . I think that it adds something essential.
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@owlwings (40110)
• Cambridge, England
27 Jan 10
Of course, before the advent of the food processor, both tahini and hummus would have been pounded to a paste in a large stone mortar. Women in those days had strong arms!
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• United States
27 Jan 10
Thank you so much! I will be checking out the recipes! I like experimenting with new recipes and I can't wait to jump in and try it out! I will spell it hummus from now on as I haven't eaten dirt or soil since I was a child!
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@deebomb (15322)
• United States
28 Jan 10
Hummus is also good with baked pita chips. I like to try the different varieties too, with olives or red peppers. You can make them by baking pita bread cut in quarters. Bake them until crisp. I also like it as a sandwich spread on toast. Garbanzo beans are supposed to help lower cholesterol.
@Hatley (164389)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Feb 10
hi macdingolinger love that user name he he he.oh garbanzo beans are so good for you and the sesame seed stuff they use with some good yogurt,it all makes humus and that is so tasty. I love the stuff, it is really yummy and full of vitamins and minerals and just good healthy ingredients.low fat, low sugar and highly nutritious what is not to love and with pretzels wow. that would be the ultimate, and if the pretzels were whole grain that would be even better. Yes it really is good to eat and good for you. heres to humus.
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• United States
1 Feb 10
Yep! Gotta love 'em! I have just tried one kind so far. Actually, I want to try more but I like this one so much I haven't switched yet!
@yugasini (12839)
• Anantapur, India
27 Jan 10
hi macdingolinger, first time i am heard about gabonzo beans,i think these beans will not available in India,i am using regular beans in India,i like beans as side dishes and they will cut into pieces and baked with rice to prepare friend rice and veg.palau,have a nice day
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• United States
27 Jan 10
Hmmm.... that sounds good!I love trying new things! It sounds like you are pretty creative in the kitchen!
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