Have you ever made your own hummus? It’s so easy, and it tastes amazing. You don’t need any particularly fancy ingredients – just throw everything in a food processor, and you’ve got hummus! This time, we used fava beans instead of the usual chickpeas – fava bean hummus makes a nice change, and it’s just as delicious!
We like to start our hummus with a clove of garlic and some fresh herbs. Remember the garlic is going in raw, so choose a small clove unless you’re feeling particularly anti-social. As for herbs, you can use whatever fresh herbs you have on hand – anything will work. This time, we went for fresh coriander (cilantro), as it pairs well with the spicy chipotle flavor.
Another standard ingredient in hummus is tahini, which is a paste made from sesame seeds. It can be considered the peanut butter of the seed world, and it helps to make your homemade hummus rich and creamy. If you haven’t cooked with tahini before, don’t be intimidated – it’s easy to find in most health food stores. Unfortunately, it doesn’t taste quite as good as peanut butter tastes with a spoonful straight out of the jar but once it’s in your hummus, you’ll be glad you sought it out.
You can flavor your hummus however you like. We picked up some chipotle paste a while back, which we’ve been eager to use in hummus. If you can’t find chipotle paste, just use chipotle hot sauce instead. We also added a few sun-dried tomatoes, mostly just to give our chipotle hummus that beautiful red color. What can we say? We eat with our eyes!
Once you find a hummus recipe you’re happy with, it’s time for garnish! Hummus may taste delicious, but its presentation can leave something the be desired if you’re not careful. An easy way to transform hummus from a bowlful of unappetizing paste into an enticing appetizer is to bring it to life with garnish. It’s a good idea to use your garnish to showcase some of the ingredients you used in the hummus, so we topped ours with more fresh coriander and a few Nuttee Bean™ Spicy Roasted Fava Beans. They add a great crunch and they’re perfect for nibbling on the side too.
Set out a bowl of this tasty chipotle hummus at your next party and the bowl will be empty within minutes!
Chipotle Fava Bean Hummus
150g (~ 3/4 cup) dried split fava beans
1 small clove garlic, peeled
2 tsp chipotle paste (or 2 tbsp. chipotle hot sauce)
Small bunch fresh coriander (cilantro)
3 pieces sun-dried tomato
1 tbsp. tahini
Black pepper 75ml (~ 1/4 cup) water
To garnish: 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, fresh coriander (cilantro), Nuttee Bean™ Spicy Roasted Fava Beans
- Boil the dried fava beans in plenty of water until soft (around 15-20 minutes). Drain thoroughly, and set aside to cool.
- Add the garlic clove to a food processor, along with the chipotle paste, fresh coriander, and sun-dried tomato pieces. Blitz until well chopped.
- Add the tahini and cooled fava beans, and blitz again until no lumps remain. Season to taste, and blitz until completely smooth, adding enough water to bring the hummus to your preferred consistency.
- Serve the hummus topped with a drizzle of olive oil, some more fresh coriander, and a few Nuttee Bean™ spicy roasted fava beans.
About Nuttee Bean Co.™
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