Sunday, February 27, 2011

Mexican hummus

I wanted some hummus but didn't have any of the usual ingredients except sesame seeds but I wasn't in the mood for those either, so I came up with this. I call it Mexican hummus because of the southwest flavors (cilantro, lime, cumin). It is very creamy and yummy. Note that my ingredients are just what I had on hand--you can do the same. The basic idea is to use a bean of some kind, spice--usually cumin (but in searching for the cumin I saw pumpkin pie spice and did wonder what that would be like), some kind of nuts or seeds, and citrus or vinegar flavoring.

1/2 lb beans, (I chose "Eye of the Goat" heirloom beans because they were in the cupboard, and they looked like they would be creamy)
4 cloves garlic, or to taste
1-2 oz walnuts and pignolias
juice of 1 lime and 1/2 small orange (I didn't have lemon)
some cilantro
1 tsp cumin

Soak the beans overnight, and cook for about 3 hours. Here are the beans I used:

I roasted my garlic so it wouldn't have as strong a bite.

I put it in this little 1/3 cup measuring cup with some bean juice (dark from the beans, not roasting), and put it in the oven at 350 for about 15 minutes.
Next, blend up the nuts, garlic, juice, cumin, and some bean liquid (1/2 cup?) and just some of the beans. First I want to get the nuts nice and pulverized. Then add the rest of the beans and as much bean liquid as you want for your desired consistency. Then add the cilantro and pulse. Then you can top with paprika. Here it is with an orange bell pepper slice dipped and ready for eating.


Anonymous said...

I just love your blog. I am a new nutritarian and getting a lot of tips from you! Do you buy your beans online or does a store near you carry them? What are some of your favorites!

Many Thanks!

kneecap said...

Hi Karen,

Thanks so much for your kind comments! That means a lot to me. I've been enjoying beans from rancho gordo:
I think they are yummy! Today I used "black valentine" beans. I don't know which to buy so I just buy one of each, and then use them up over several months. It's fun to try a different kind every week or two. over time, I'll probably develop preferences, but I can't say I've tired of any of them.