Originally Posted by granolalight
No, I never did figure it out. I've tried different brands, haven't made my own. It is mild, it sure doesn't seem to bother him, and it goes away pretty quickly.
Sounds like lemon juice. Hummus is so easy to make and way cheaper than buying it.
1 can chickpeas, drained and liquid reserved (garbanzo beans) or 1 cup dried, soaked overnight and cooked until soft
1 tbsp tahin (sesame paste), optional
2 cloves finely chopped garlic
1-2 tsp lemon juice, optional
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt to taste
Mash all together in a bowl or whirl in a food processor or Magic Bullet until desired consistency, adding EVOO and reserved liquid from chickpeas as needed.
For a change in taste, you can add ground cumin, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, olive paste, or oregano. I also like to add Cavender's Greek Seasoning sometimes or a blend of Middle Eastern spices available from The World Market.
FYI--cooked chickpeas freeze really well, so if you want to cook a batch of them but only want to use a little for hummus, you can put the rest in a freezer bag and store in the freezer until ready to use. Or you can divide them up into ice cube trays and freeze for one-serving cubes later on. Especially helpful if you have a Magic Bullet or mini food processor and want to make it fresh each time.