Commissioned by Zyliss.
We are HUGE hummus fans at my house. The kids adore it and we have it at least once a week. Hummus is easy to make, healthy and delicious. But I thought I’d get creative. If pureed chickpeas make hummus, what about a vegetable? What about cauliflower?
Cauliflower blends up nice and creamy and has a pleasant, mild flavour. I’ve added the traditional hummus ingredients of tahini, garlic and lemon juice to liven it up and in minutes I had a special new take on my family’s favourite dip. One of the best things about making hummus is being able to tweak the ingredients to taste, so go ahead and adjust this recipe until you get the lemon and garlic balance just how you like it.
Can we discuss the spelling of hummus now? Houmus/humus/hummus. It drives me mad and I’m never quite sure which is right. How do you spell it?
I made my cauliflower hummus in an Easy Pull manual food processor. It’s a nifty little low-fi gadget that works well, but you can make yours in a standard food processor, mini chopper or high-speed blender. You may need to scrape the sides down with those a bit more, however.
- ½ a head of cauliflower, florets
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ clove of garlic, minced
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
- Standard Method: Steam or boil the cauliflower florets for a few minutes until soft. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool. Drain again. Transfer to a food processor, along with the other ingredients and puree until smooth.
- Zyliss Easy Pull methood: Steam or boil the cauliflower florets for a few minutes until soft. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool. Drain again. Transfer to the Easy Pull and pull until smooth - about 30 pulls. Add the remaining ingredients and pull approx 20 times to blend.
- Lovely served with vegetables, pitta or flatbreads.
I made my Cauliflower Hummus in a Zyliss® Easy Pull manual food processor. No batteries, no plugs, just a few pulls of the handle and it swiftly dices, chops, blends or purees – depending on how many times you pull it. It is a compact gadget that is really easy to use and can be easily stored away. The two independent blades mean that there isn’t much ‘drag’ so it isn’t difficult at all to pull – even when chopping frozen fruit. A coarse chop only takes 3-5 pulls while a finer chop takes up to 10. I blended the cauliflower hummus to a puree in about 30 pulls and it came out quite smooth.
This is the sort of gadget that would be fantastic for camping. Add a few tomatoes, onion, coriander and you have a fresh, healthy salsa. You could take it out and about to make quick, fresh baby food or use it on boats or in caravans. Not needing any electricity makes this a fantastic off-grid gadget.
You can make so many different things in the Easy Pull – really the sky is the limit. Think smoothies, cocktails, veggie burgers, coleslaw, sauces, dips, salsas, guacamole, ice cream, breadcrumbs, soup…
Here’s a video of the Easy Pull in action
The Zyliss® Easy Pull manual food processor retails for around £25. I found it really easy to use, clean up, and store. I’m sure it will get a lot of use in my house as it is far less effort than pulling out a big food processor.
Disclosure: I was sent the Easy Pull to try out and paid to create a recipe. All opinions are my own and a positive review was not expected. Twitter: @ZylissUK