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Apr 18, 2008 01:14 AM

Hummus Help: Alternative Recipes?

I used to eat hummus, until... I became fatally allergic to chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans). I've been looking all over for an alternative recipe that uses something else (fava beans? white beans?). Black beans just don't do the job... anyone got any ideas?

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  1. The word hummus in Arabic literally means chickpeas, so if you were to make it with another legume, it would cease to be hummus. There are similar legume dips made with other types of beans. You could do an Italian white bean, or a broad bean (fool/foul it rhymes with the English word meaning imbecile). You could google fool recipes. I happen to love fool and I usually do it with the canned ones because boiling from scratch is trickier than with other legumes. Then I fry garlic tomatoes, and mild fresh green chilies and mash the fool in with salt and a little bit of olive oil. Pretty yummy with pita bread for breakfast.

    1. try lima beans. google for lima bean dip or hummus.

      1. how about babaganoush? it's different but in the same vein.

        3 Replies
          1. re: Sean

            I do a similar one with cannellini beans, lots of fresh sage, toasted pine nuts, tahini, lemon juice and a bulb of roasted garlic. It's from the Rebar Modern Food Cookbook (

          2. re: mrsjenpeters

            yes, babaganoush -- and no legumes! but a member of the nightshade family -- eggplant -- no? i love "baba g" and make tons when the farmer's market is flush with eggplants!

          3. Allergy to chickpea is associated with allergy to other legumes with allergy to lentil being the most frequently reported cross-reaction. So be careful with the use of other legumes.

            1. Black eyed peas make a great hummus.

              Each year, on Jan 7th, I stock up on a case of canned peas, marked down (20 cents a can this year) after the traditional New years Day Hoppin' John.