Is Hummus Low FODMAP?
Yes, in small amounts. This rich and creamy chickpea based dip is enlivened with lemon juice, cumin, garlic-infused olive oil and tahini. Up to 1/4 cup (42 g) of canned and drained chickpeas are allowed.
Let’s Talk Chickpeas & Tahini
As mentioned above, the amount of chickpeas is important but so is what kind of chickpeas you are using. Canned chickpeas are best as a good amount of fructans will have leached into the water. Follow the directions carefully. You want to drain the canned chickpeas, then rinse and drain them again. Now you are ready to make low FODMAP hummus! We like Goya brand for their excellent flavor and texture. And we can often find them on sale; even their base price is often less than most!
Now, let’s discuss tahini. This is a classic condiment used in Middle Eastern, African and Mediterranean cuisines made from ground sesame seeds. There is tahini made from un-hulled sesame seeds and tahini made from hulled sesame seeds. Also, different brands will roast the seeds to varying degrees – or you can even find some tahini that is raw. From my informal and subjective experiences I have preferred Israeli and Lebanese tahini over that from Greek sources. Your taste buds will dictate what you like! Soom is a great women-owned company that makes a fabulous tahini from Ethiopian white Humera sesame seeds (often considered the finest) that many chefs and recipe developers love.
Now, if you look on the Monash University Smartphone App tahini is a dreaded Red Light. And you might not think to click through any further. But do it! When you do, you will see that 1 tablespoon (20 g) is Green Light. AND, remember, this an Australian tablespoon, so for everyone else in the world you can actually have one-third more! This all translates to us being able to make a classic hummus. Sometimes the natural oils separate; make sure to stir the tahini well before measuring.
Super Smooth Hummus
I discovered during the creation of this recipe that there is a 2-minute additional step that makes a huge difference in the texture of the final product. I am going to suggest that you remove the skins from the chickpeas. WAIT! Don’t run away! I know that sounds tedious and time consuming. It really isn’t! I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t experienced it myself. Here’s what you do: drain the chickpeas, then dump them into a bowl and cover with cool water by several inches. Use your hands to agitate them a bit, sinking your hands into the water and rubbing the skins loose from the chickpeas. The skins will float and then you can skim them off with a slotted spoon and discard. I like to wear rubber gloves, which makes this technique even easier and has the added bonus of that fact that the thin skins stick to the gloves! Drain the chickpeas again and proceed with recipe. You will be rewarded with the silkiest hummus ever!
Garlic Flavor? Yes!
The garlic flavor in our hummus comes from the Garlic-Infused Oil, (ours is certified low FODMAP by Monash), which should be made with olive oil. For this purpose, as with our Basil Pesto, we like to make the oil with double the amount of garlic, or the hummus will have a very subtle garlic flavor.
Garlic is an expected flavor in a great hummus - and you can have that traditional experience with our low FODMAP hummus. It is based on garlic-infused olive oil and can be made in 10 minutes or less!
Makes about 2 cups; 14 servings
- 1, 15.5 ounce (439 g) can (about 1 3/4 cups) drained canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained again (see headnote above)
- 2 tablespoons well-stirred tahini
- 3 tablespoons Garlic-Infused Oil, made with olive oil, plus extra
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice, preferably freshly squeezed, plus extra
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- Pinch cayenne
- Water if needed
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Chopped flat-leaf parsley, optional
- Place chickpeas, tahini, 3 tablespoons of the oil, lemon juice, cumin and cayenne in food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse on and off, then process until it looks smooth. Stop machine, scrape down the sides and pulse on and off then process some more until ultra-smooth, adding water if needed to make a thick but smooth purée.
- Taste and pulse in salt and pepper to taste. Do not underestimate the amount of salt and pepper that the hummus might need. Salt brings the flavors alive. Add more lemon juice, if you like. Scrape into a shallow bowl or onto a plate and use the back of a teaspoon to make an attractive swirl to hold extra Garlic-Infused Oil. Drizzle that oil on top! Sprinkle with paprika and add a bit of parsley, if desired. Hummus is ready to serve with your choice of low FODMAP vegetables (we are partial to carrots, cucumbers and radishes), or even low FODMAP crackers, pita bread or pretzels. Hummus may be refrigerated for up to 3 days; bring back to room temperature before serving.