A Raw Hummus

Another raw adventure.  I love hummus but I don’t know how it will be with raw germinated chick peas.  There are recipes for this so someone somewhere has eaten it before and I presume, lived to write their recipe.

I put 1 cup chick peas to soak overnight and then had them in the strainer you see for about 4 days, rinsing them several times a day.  My husband ate one and told me it was interesting.  Not to be left behind, I tried one also.  I found a bean sprout taste and only a bare hint of what a chick pea usually tastes like to me.

Today I made the raw hummus, following a recipe in a small book I have had for some time, “Graines germées et jeunes pousses” by Chantal and Lionel Clergeaud.  I think their ½ glass water was not the same as my standard American ½ cup measure.  Next time I will use less water.  I added some tahini and oil to compensate.  My one cup of dried peas gave 200 grams of sprouts so I adjusted accordingly, except for the water fortunately (I did not add ¾ cup water!).

Here is their recipe:
125g sprouted chick peas
2 cloves garlic
2 soup-spoonfuls lemon juice
2 soup-spoonfuls tahini (sesame seed purée)
1 soup-spoonful olive oil
½ teaspoonful ground cumin
chopped mint (I won’t be adding this.)
Put everything in the blender with ½ glass of water.

So now I am waiting to see if this changes with a bit of time as these things often do mellow.  Right now, it tastes very light and raw bean sprouty, not the same as the traditional preparation.


Supper is ready with Belgian endive leaves, parsley and chives.

And now for the taste test.

I found that the flavours had blended during the couple hours in the refrigerator.  There seemed to be less of a bean sprout taste, unless that was just because I was prepared for that taste.  All in all, it was lighter and not as tasty as the traditional version.  Plus fin, as we would say in French.  A satisfying dish nevertheless.


About djdfr

Daily life experiences by a Franco-American woman living in the Breton countryside form the basics of this blog. Gardening, watercolour, choral music, food, are some of my interests. I seek to balance the physical, mental and spiritual. I am a free believer praying from the Bible, the Qur’an and The Revelation of Arès. In 1974, with Jesus as the messenger, and in 1977, manifesting as a stick of light, Our Creator spoke directly to a man in Arès, France, named Michel Potay. The message is in the book “The Revelation of Arès”. It is a call for us to change, to practice love, peacemaking, forgiveness, to free ourselves from all prejudice, to develop our spiritual intelligence, the intelligence of the heart.

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