Hummus, Hummous, Humous!

Hummus - Dr Gaye - International Hummus Day 13 May

Hummus? Hummous? Hummous?

The many spellings of this dip - don’t affect the taste.

Originally made from cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans) blended with tahini (sesame paste), lemon juice and garlic, hummus can be made from raw sprouted chickpeas or soaked raw cashews or cooked butter beans. In fact, the versatility of the essential recipe means that this vegan-friendly, gluten-free dish can be made from a whole host of beans!

We are now seeing the sweet versions of this savoury treat coming to the fore. Chocolate-orange hummus of caramel brownie hummus (hold the garlic) are versions we’ve seen in the US. Experiment at home and mix up some of the ingredients because as long as you have chickpeas, tahini and a blender -the rest is up to your creativity.

The well-known London-based chef – famous for his vegetarian recipes – Yotam Ottolenghi, recently appeared on Radio 4's Dessert Island Discs. In this interview, he talks about his many hummus recipes and his connection to this special dish. Find some of his dip recipes here

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