Spicy Hummus

Hummus, an ancient Arabic appetizer, took the western world by storm a few decades ago and is also available in India. Traditional hummus is nothing but the creamy blend of chickpeas & sesame seeds. Now there are different flavors of hummus available in the market to satisfy the ever growing demands of consumers across the world. But I could not find the hummus with local flavors, and I have tried spicy hummus with the burst of flavors that suit our palates.

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Spicy green hummus

We can prepare hummus just like our spicy chutney with commonly available ingredients. I have prepared red hummus using red chillies & red capsicum, and green hummus using green chillies and coriander leaves. These local ingredients not only add the appetizing bright color but also add the spicy flavor. Now the recipes for green hummus & red hummus are as below:

Spicy hummus recipes

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Spicy red hummus

Ingredients:

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Red hummus ingredients
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200 grams of pressure cooked kabuli channa (chickpeas) 200 grams of pressure cooked kabuli channa (chickpeas)
5 Red chillies 4 Green chillies
2 cloves of garlic2 cloves of garlic
2 tsp of sesame oil2 tsp of sesame oil
1 Red capsicum A bundle of fresh coriander leaves (cilantro)*
1 tbsp of sesame seeds (ellu)
1/4 tsp of cumin seeds (jeera) 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder **
2 tbsp of olive oil2 tbsp of olive oil
1 tsp of salt3/4 tsp of salt
A squeeze of lemonA squeeze of lemon
Aquafaba (water used for cooking chickpeas) or plain water required to make the paste Aquafaba as needed

*We need to trim off the hard stems of the herbs, and use the leaves & tender stems only.

**Turmeric powder is used to brighten up the green color of coriander leaves.

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Green hummus ingredients

How to prepare chickpeas:

  • Soak chickpeas overnight.
  • Rinse them & drain the water.
  • Pressure cook them by adding turmeric powder (1/2 tsp) & water (in the ratio of 1:2) and simmer for 10 min. after reaching high pressure.
  • Spoon out the cooked chickpeas and pour the cooking water (aquafaba) into a jar.
  • Peel the skin of chickpeas (to make a smooth paste) when they are moist and keep aside.
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Preparing chickpeas

Spicy red hummus recipe

1Heat a pan in medium flame.
Add sesame seeds, cumin seeds & red chillies into the pan.
Dry roast all these ingredients and remove the pan from heat.
Spread them on a plate to cool down.
2Again heat the same pan with sesame oil.
Add roughly chopped red capsicum and saute until soft & tender.
3 Now add toasted sesame seeds, cumin seeds & red chillies into a mixer jar and grind into a powder.
And then add sauteed capsicum & garlic and grind until pureed.
Add chickpeas & salt and grind to combine together.
Finally add Aquafaba, olive oil & lemon juice and blend until smooth & creamy.
4Transfer red hummus to a bowl and garnish with finely chopped red capsicum, chickpeas & a dash of olive oil.
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Red Hummus recipe

Spicy green hummus recipe

1Heat a pan with sesame oil on low flame.
Add turmeric powder and fry for 10 sec.
Then add coriander leaves, saute for a minute and remove from heat.
2Grind the coriander leaves, green chillies, garlic cloves, cooked chickpeas & salt into a smooth paste.
Then add olive oil, Aquafaba & lemon juice and blend until creamy.
3Transfer green hummus to a bowl and garnish with coriander leaves, a few chickpeas, a swirl of olive oil, and a sprinkle of red chilli powder.
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Green Hummus recipe

How to use spicy hummus:

(i) Dip (or chutney):

I have used hummus as a dip for vegetable sticks, chips, crackers, nachos, flatbreads, papdi (thattai), etc. It is a healthy savory snack or appetizer, and we can replace deep-fried snacks with these while watching TV.

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Healthy & hearty snacks

(ii) Bread toast:

I have used hummus as a spread and also added into the filling.

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Pumpkin seeds bread toast

(iii) Grilled sandwich:

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Paneer sandwich using green hummus

(iv) Beetroot patty sandwich:

We can also add hummus into the patty dough for adding a delicious flavor.

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Sandwich with beetroot patties

(v) Burger:

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Burger with beetroot & chickpeas patty

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