How to Make Homemade Hummus
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 60 MINUTES
1. Soak the chickpeas overnight. Drain and rinse the following morning.
2. Cook the chickpeas and onion in 4 cups of water for about 60 minutes or until tender. Strain and reserve the water.
3. Add cooked chickpeas, onion, cumin, garlic, tahini, salt, lemon juice and olive oil to a high powdered blender and blitz until completely smooth.
4. Add 2-3 tbsp of the reserved water if needed to reach desired consistency.
5. Garnish with fresh parsley leaves and a sprinkle of paprika.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
April Showers & Body Moisture
Along with showers and springtime flowers, the buildup of congestion in the body peaks during the month of April. The body continues to metabolize and release winter fats from the skin. Warmer temperatures moisturize the skin. A warm day mixed with a heavy carbohydrate meal could be a challenging cocktail for your constitution. Simply put, the body has a hard time dealing with heavy foods on warm spring days. Instead of enriching the blood, the body wants to "lighten up" for summer by burning off excess.
There are many signs of springtime congestion. Excess saliva, mucus buildup in the sinuses, achy flu-like symptoms, and a sore patch in the back of the throat are all likely signs that your whole system is congested from "rich spring blood." Spring emotions tend to vacillate as quickly as the weather between grief over loss, to the joy of rebirth and renewal.
As the thermometer rises in April, we transition away from spices. Instead, "Eat beans
and greens" for a healthy balance of astringent
tastes. Foods with astringent taste make the tongue feel like sandpaper. Astringent taste restores tone and firmness to tissues. Bitter taste detoxifies the liver. Hummus Spiced with Cumin, served on a bed of arugula, is a perfect combination for April weather wetness.
Beans are high in potassium, a diuretic that drains these excess fluids from the body. In Ayurvedic terms, potassium has dry
quality and astringent taste. It's action is the opposite to sodium in our body, relieving water retention. Parsley comes from the Greek "rock celery" is also a strong diuretic effect that flushes excess water from the tissues. The dry quality of beans and parsley can aggravate Vata.
Beans: The Musical Fruit
Beans are also high in saponins, a natural insect repellent that is also a protein digestion inhibitor. These saponins are difficult to digest and cause noxious gas. Since the primary site of protein digestion is the stomach, people who have gas after eating beans may also have an upper GI deficiency.
Beans that are cooked properly are easier to digest. Soak beans overnight then strain before cooking. Then slowly cook beans for a long time, skimming any suds (the saponins) off the surface. Saponins are water-soluble. Changing the water several times during the cooking process reduces their concentration. Adding a small square of kombu or sea kelp to the beans can also improve digestibility. Kelp helps to break the beans down into smaller and easier to digest particles. Serve beans soft and spicy. If beans still give you gas, choose an easier bean like green beans or sweet peas. Lastly, buy canned beans instead of dried. Because canning companies recognize that gas affects their bottom line, they are invested in cooking methods that result in a fart-free product.
Beans for Fiber & Cholesterol
If your body is not aggravated by dryness, and you can digest beans without gas, they are an essential food for cleansing in the spring. Not only reducing water weight, they are high in soluble and insoluble fiber. The fiber is chickpeas is nearly 75% insoluble which remains undigested until it reaches the colon. This significantly bulks up stools for a satisfying morning elimination. As with many high fiber foods, beans have been shown to reduce cholesterol, perhaps because of its flushing effect on the gall bladder. The high protein content in beans helps rebuild muscle tissue as winter hibernation yields to outdoor activities and projects.
Chickpeas have a higher amount of tryptophan than other legumes. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that helps to regulate sleep and emotions. Using chickpeas adds a soothing, comfort food feeling that makes this dish satisfying. Cumin is a stimulating and drying lung tonic.
WHAT IS HOMEMADE HUMMUS?
Perfect as a snack or side dish that can be shared at picnics or to give you energy before and after activities. Garlic, lemon and onion add sharp, sour and pungent tastes that are balanced by the smooth texture of chickpeas and the nutty depth of tahini. Traditionally served with falafal or pita bread, you can also try it with cucumber or served on a bed of arugula.
WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is
tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with
at any given time. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest
easily create your menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you
are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive
tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you
experience optimal health.
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Increases These Qualities (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main characteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT HOT GUNA
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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ABOUT CLEAR GUNA
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT HEAVY GUNA
Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.
LEARN MORE ABOUT HEAVY
ABOUT DRY GUNA
Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DRY
The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT ASTRINGENT GUNA
Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
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ABOUT BITTER GUNA
Bitter is disagreeable and stimulating rejection, and a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
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ABOUT PUNGENT GUNA
Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
People tend to get sick, over and over again, due to similar causes and habitual imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass.
Catabolic people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic people tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Ojas is the essence of healthy tissue, immunity, stable energy and happiness. Substances that improve ojas are recommended after long-term illness, debility, emotional and physical trauma, and even sadness.
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Prana is the Sanskrit word for vital life energy, similar to Qi in Chinese Medicine. Many herbs stimulate your energy, or improve the flow of prana through your body. Generally, prana needs to be increased in spring after a sleepy winter.
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An herb or food that makes the urine more alkaline (higher pH). This herbal action can be helpful for a number of inflammatory conditions.
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Rajasic foods stimulate desire or nervous energy. Red meat, high protein food, garlic and onions stimulate desire. Rajasic foods include chili peppers, coffee, and anything that stimulates movement.
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A member of the plant family Solanaceae. Members of this family have a tendency to irritate the liver and arthritic conditions. Tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and bell peppers.
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Heart & Circulation:
A herb that contracts tissue or blood vessels. Generally styptics are astringent. They are often used to stop bleeding.
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Kidney & Urinary:
Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DIURETIC
Liver & Gall Bladder:
Cholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
LEARN MORE ABOUT CHOLAGOGUE
Promotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
LEARN MORE ABOUT GENERAL-LAXATIVE
High Fiber Laxative
A class of laxative that adds bulk and water to stools. The size of a stool stimulates peristalsis and the stool passes more easily through the colon. It is important to drink plenty of water when using high fiber laxatives, as they can be dehydrating.
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About the Author
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda.
His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful.
His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week
provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
, which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition.
John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia.
John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion.
John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing.
In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots,
and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church.
Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick.
That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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Tahini is ground sesame seeds. Sesame is called 'til' in hindi, but I don't know the word for tahini specifically.
Hummus is mixed with oils and sometimes psices as well to make it more digestible. It is also usually well cooked. The final answer depends on whether you can digest the hummus without gas or bloating.
Alisa- Give your ideas a try and see how you feel. Great ideas. Experiment!
- David McKaig, Swannanoa, NC 06-16-14
I love hummus, but so many of the ingredients are too heating for a Vata-Pitta during the summer. Do you have any suggestions for reducing the heat--maybe delete the tahini and substitute cilantro for parsley or lime for lemon?
- Alisa Turner, Oxford, MS 06-16-14
To help cool it down, you can leave out the garlic and substitute cilantro for parsley.