Monday, 25 March 2013

Chili-Cheese Hummus

Chili-Cheese Hummus

I really fancied some spicy Hummus so I decided to make a fresh batch :) Hummus is a Middle Eastern chickpea dip which is enjoyed with warm pitta bread or in my case whatever I fancy :) its very healthy and easy to make. Once you start making your own Hummus you will never buy shop bought again. Go on give it a try.

Ingredients :
1 can of chickpeas (drained) or dried chickpeas soaked over night.
1 tea spoon 3G paste
1/2 tea spoon salt
pinch of cumin and coriander powder
Large pinch of sesame seeds(lightly toasted)
Half of a red/green chili ( deseeded)
2 table spoons of Extra virgin Olive oil
Cayenne pepper to sprinkle on top.
Grated cheese (as needed)

Preparation Method:
Toast sesame seeds in a dry pan until they get some colour and the oil gets released.( be careful not to brown them or it will make your hummus taste bitter.) This should take only 2-3 minutes shaking the pan occasionally)
Put all the ingredients together in a blender and blend until you get a smooth paste. 
Scoop the hummus into a serving bowl and make a swirly pattern in it, then drizzle some olive oil on top and put a few whole chickpeas on top for decoration and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper to finish it off :)
Serve if eating right away or store in the fridge until ready to eat.
The Hummus lasts for 7-10 days if kept refrigerated.


I decided not to make tahini for this recipe as I didn't want to make a full batch, Instead I just toasted the the sesame seeds and put them strait into the blender with the other ingredients. (you don't have to add it, it tastes just as good)
If you want to make tahini, it's very easy.

1 cup lightly roasted sesame seeds
1/cup Extra virgin Olive oil

Preparation Method:
Blend both ingredients together to make a fine paste and store in an air tight container in the fridge.

Each time you make a fresh batch of hummus, just add as much as you like and blend.

I hope you enjoy this recipe :)

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