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my hummus is bland - why?

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iota Sat 09-Apr-05 18:44:06

made hummus for the first time today and am disappointed. It's too bland.

I made it with a can of chickpeas, drained, 2 x large dollops of tahini, 1 x teasp cumin, 3 x garlic cloves juice of 2 x lemons and a little olive oil.

have just added a roasted pepper to perk it up, but still need more oooomp.

More garlic?
or more cumin?

RTMTMML Sat 09-Apr-05 18:45:54

A nice dash of chili

sallystrawberry Sat 09-Apr-05 18:46:15

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iota Sat 09-Apr-05 18:47:03

oooh I love chilli. Might just do that.
I'm sulking in teh study and can't be bothered to cook teh rest of the stuff for Greek Night Chez Iota

iota Sat 09-Apr-05 18:47:53

have put a little salt and pepper in it already. It's soo gutting when home-made isn't as nice as shop bought

BubblesDeVere Sat 09-Apr-05 18:50:10

Have you tried adding some very finely chopped spring onions.

iota Sat 09-Apr-05 18:52:39

haven't got any spring onions - have got some red onion though.

Think I'll put a couple more cloves of garlic in and a bit of chilli.

Am having Greek Salad, so lots of onion in there

Mud Sat 09-Apr-05 18:53:55

have you tried adding a lot more oil, hummous needs lots and lots of oil

then just tip it in the bin, wander down to your local supermarket and buy a tub like the rest of us poor mortals

WideWebWitch Sat 09-Apr-05 18:54:58

Hmm, I don't know. I've never managed to make hummus as nice as shop bought stuff. Maybe it's salt? Recipes usually tell you to put quite a bit of tahini in and I think it's nicer with less than most recipes say. You could try adding greek yoghurt, I think that's what Nigella recommends but I've never tried it. Hmm, would imagine it's worth a go though.

WideWebWitch Sat 09-Apr-05 18:55:44

Especially if the alternative is chucking it!

iota Sat 09-Apr-05 18:56:28

www - 4 tablespoons of tahini in it - very oily - can't take any out now can I - maybe next time

Mud Sat 09-Apr-05 18:57:03

mine always seems 'grainy'

I say mine, I've tried it twice and then gave up and just buy it from sainsbury's now

iota Sat 09-Apr-05 18:57:54

MUd - I'm sure I read on MN that it is easy to make your own, so I gave it a go..
might revert to buying it next time

I do make a very nice Tzadziki though

Mud Sat 09-Apr-05 18:58:47

I've read on MN that some people eat their placenta though

WideWebWitch Sat 09-Apr-05 18:58:54

Bet that's it, too much tahini. But nope, you can't take it out now! Next time I attempt it I think I'll add the tahini bit by bit to taste and ignore the recipe. Are you going to try the greek yog, I need to know!

Mud Sat 09-Apr-05 18:59:11

iota Sat 09-Apr-05 18:59:21

Mud - not sure placenta would go with my Greek theme

Mud Sat 09-Apr-05 18:59:47

yeah, just have to keep it in the freezer till you next offal night I suppose

Mud Sat 09-Apr-05 19:00:07

are you going to smash plates then?

iota Sat 09-Apr-05 19:02:00

OK here's the plan

1. More garlic - I mean how big is 2 cloves - skinny ones or fat ones?

2. Greek Yoghurt

3. chilli

4. red onion

by then I will have a washing up bowl full of the damn stuff

iota Sat 09-Apr-05 19:03:03

Mud - maybe I could do bowls-of-hummus smashing instead of plates

iota Sat 09-Apr-05 19:04:45

ha - dh is cooking now - I'm going to sink a Bacardi breezer

juniperdewdrop Sat 09-Apr-05 19:06:38

enjoy ur breezer

did you put black pepper in it btw? may help?

Catbert Sat 09-Apr-05 19:21:35

had same thing with own homemade hummus.

I added STACKS more garlic... STACKS! And a lot more lemon juice to offset the tahini thing...

It worked a treat!

WideWebWitch Sat 09-Apr-05 19:26:10

Iota, I really want to know how your hummus turns out! Please report back!

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