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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

bell pepper hummus recipe
Roasted Red Bell Pepper Hummus

There is no dearth of healthy vegetarian recipes that are nutritious, easy to prepare and delicious. I use farm fresh vegetables in my daily cooking and try to incorporate low fat cooking techniques as much as possible. Roasted red pepper hummus falls under the category of healthy vegetarian recipes, one that is low fat, easy to make and not to mention, delicious.

Roasted red pepper hummus is a twist to the traditional Middle Eastern classic recipe, ‘Hummus‘. The roasted red peppers give a beautiful orange color to the hummus and lend a sweet and smoky flavor to the hummus. Tahini aka sesame seeds paste, chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil are the key components of the basic hummus recipe. Try to avoid using store bought canned beans or tahini paste as nothing beats home made hummus made from scratch. Freshly ground roasted cumin powder adds depth to the hummus. You can tweak the spices to suit your palate.

Serve the creamy textured and vibrant colored roasted red pepper hummus with pita bread/naan or as a dip with tortilla chips or fresh raw vegetables like cucumber, bell peppers, celery stick and carrots. A healthy appetizer or snack that you will be making again and again. :)

roasted red pepper hummus
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Recipe

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 15 min
Yield: 4
Main Ingredients: red bell pepper chickpeas

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup chickpeas, wash and soak in 3 cups water and a tsp of baking soda overnight
  • Sesame seeds - 1/4 cup
  • Olive oil - 5 tbsps
  • Red bell peppers - 2
  • Lemon juice - 4 tbsps
  • Garlic -2, roast in a tsp of olive oil and lighty crush
  • Cayenne pepper - 1/2 tsp (red chili powder or paprika can be used in its place)
  • Roasted cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Roasted coriander powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)
  • Salt to taste

Method

  1. Place a skewer into each of the red bell peppers and roast over low flame till the skin is charred or blackened. Allow the red pepper to roast all over. Turn off heat and place them in a zip lock bag for 15 mts. Once they cool down, the skin will easily peel off. Place the peeled roasted peppers in a bowl and keep aside.
  2. Pressure cook chick peas along with the water up to 4 whistles or until soft. Turn off heat and bring to room temperature. Drain the chick peas and keep aside. Reserve the water also.
  3. Dry roast sesame seeds on low flame for 6 mts and turn off flame.
  4. Heat a small pan, add 2 tsps olive oil and roast garlic for a mt till light brown. Turn off heat and cool.
  5. In a mixer grinder, add garlic, sesame sesame seeds and olive oil and grind to a fine paste. Add lemon juice, cumin powder, cayenne pepper or chili powder and salt and grind again till well blended.
  6. Next add the red bell peppers and grind till smooth. Finally add the drained chickpeas and grind to a smooth paste. Add approx 3-4 tbsps of the drained chickpea water and grind again. It should be a smooth and creamy paste. Remove to a serving bowl. Drizzle some olive oil on top with a sprinkle of red chili flakes and serve with pita bread, crackers or sliced vegetables like carrot or cucumber.

Tips

  • Pressure cook the white chickpeas/garbanzo beans since it will yield soft beans and are easy to blend.
  • Roast garlic in olive oil before blending with rest of ingredients. Gives better flavor to hummus.
  • Store in an air tight container in the fridge for 2 to 3 days or for several days in the freezer.
  • You can use it as a spread over sandwiches or wraps.

Roasted red pepper hummus is categorized among healthy vegetarian recipes that are low fat, nutritious, quick to make & tasty. Low calorie food at its best!

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By • Apr 15th, 2013 • Category: All Recipes, Ayurvedic Cooking - Ayurveda Recipes, Middle Eastern Recipes, Recipes Vegetable Dishes

  • Priya

    How flavourful this hummus will be na.

  • Maya

    Wow! I have been looking for a hummus recipe for sometime and have never found one which suited the Indian palate and some of the exotic ingredients have defeated me. I have found most of your recipes that I have tried foolproof, Sailu and this one I am sure is going to be a winner. Thanks

  • Kelly

    wonderful!

  • Cmsh

    I was waiting to search for this for a long time. Thank you for this simplified post.