Homemade fermented hummus is a delicious and probiotic snack. It is ideal for lunch, picnics, potlucks or as a side dish.
However, the main reason to make hummus is that it ridiculously easy and cheap. All it takes is about 10 minutes and a decent food processor.
Dried or Canned Chickpeas?
Using canned chickpeas in this recipe is perfectly fine, especially if you are short on time. However, if you’ve got time and can plan ahead, then I recommend using dried chickpeas.
Dried chickpeas are better than canned because:
- Cooking chickpeas according to the recipe below will result in very soft chickpeas that are perfect for hummus. They are smooth, creamy and easy to grind up in a blender.
- Canned beans may have preservatives or extra salt, which will make them less suitable for fermentation
- Dried chickpeas are much more affordable than canned chickpeas.
- Buy them in bulk for a waste free option.
Toppings for Hummus
The best part about homemade hummus is that you get to choose your own flavours and toppings.
Simple fermented hummus is rich and flavourful all on it’s own, and the flavour will vary depending on what is used for the fermentation. Even so, it’s always fun to add a bit more pizzazz.
Flavour (and colour) hummus by adding in a 1/4 cup of one of the following:
- Roasted red peppers
- Wilted spinach
- Cooked sweet potato or pumpkin
Traditional hummus is flavoured with added toppings. To add toppings, first place hummus in the final serving dish, then add 2-4 tbsp of a topping in the centre of the hummus and finish with a drizzle of olive oil.
Here are some delicious toppings:
- Mixed chopped olives
- Roasted pine nuts
- Za’atar spice mix
- Fresh herbs: parsley, chives, basil or sumac
- Diced and roasted garlic
- Caramelized onions
- Lemon and tahini sauce
- Chili oil
Homemade fermented hummus is a delicious and probiotic snack. Adding a lactic culture or miso acts as a natural preservative and really adds a flavour dimension to this easy dip. See the section above for 8 different toppings and 4 different flavour options.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 5 mins
- Yield: 2 cups 1x
- Category: Sides
- Method: Fermented
- Cuisine: Lebanese
- 1 1/4 cups dried chickpeas (or 2 –14 oz cans)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 cup light tahini
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water
- 1 tsp salt, to taste
- 2 tbsp probiotic culture (see notes)
- 2 tbsp of olive oil
- If using canned chickpeas skip to step 4. Otherwise, soak dried chickpeas in 3 cups of water for 8 to 12 hours.
- Drain the chickpeas and place in a saucepan. Cover with water and add 1 tsp of baking soda.
- Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 to 40 minutes, until the chickpeas are cooked. They should be soft but not mushy.
- Drain the chickpeas and add to a food processor with the garlic. Pulse a few times, then add the tahini and lemon juice.
- Blend until smooth, adding water as needed. If fermenting, add only 1/4 cup of water for liquid ferments (dairy, sauerkraut juice) or 1/2 cup of water if using miso. The hummus should start out quite thick.
- When blended and smooth, allow the hummus to cool to room temperature, then stir in the fermenting culture and salt. Taste, and adjust the salt as required.
- Put the hummus into a glass container for fermenting. Top with few tablespoons of water to keep the hummus from exposure to air.
- Cover the hummus with a tea towel and leave it to ferment at room temperature for up to 12 hours.
- After fermenting, either drain off the water or stir it in for a runnier dip. Top it with olive oil and store in the fridge until ready to serve.
- Finish the hummus within 2 weeks, or freeze for up to 3 months.
- There are a thousand recipes for hummus, and all of them are equally fermentable. The only trick is to make the hummus from scratch as store-bought hummus may contain preservatives. If you already have a favourite recipe, feel free to skip right to the fermentation.
- Using miso is my favourite way to culture hummus. It adds a depth of flavour that works well with the garlic and tahini. However, store bought, shelf stable miso has been pasteurized and won’t be able to culture your hummus, so make your own or buy miso from the refrigerated section of the grocery store.
- Alternatively, miso can be cultured with dairy (milk kefir, buttermilk or yogurt) or a vegetable starter (affiliate link.)
- I recommend making a double or triple batch of hummus and freezing it in small, serving-sized containers. It’s a perfect replacement for store-bought hummus.
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