Friday, September 28, 2007

Roasted Red Pepper Homus - Grow Your Own #2


Hummus or homus is a dip made basically of chickpeas and sesame tahini. It is a popular spread in various countries in the Middle Eastern world that we borrowed. This recipe has been on my waiting list for so long... One of the reasons it took me so long is that I live close to a restaurant with a drive-thru that sells this type of food, and it is so easy to order it from my car... So, this time, I planned this meal, went to the market and bought both chickpeas and tahini. And I combined two recipes, one from Technicolor Kitchen and another one from the kitchen of The Budding Cook, because the red pepper adds a fascinating color to this dip!

15 oz (about 400g) drained canned chickpeas
2 big pieces of roasted red pepper
3 tablespoons tahini
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon cumin
2 cloves garlic (I baked them for a minute in the microwave)
Salt to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil

1) Combine all ingredients, except olive oil, in a food processor and blend well. With the processor running, gradually pour the olive oil processing until just smooth.

2) Transfer to a bowl and decorate with mint leaves and green onions (these herbs are both from my tiny garden).

3) Serve with pita bread, vegetables or other Middle Eastern dishes.

Here's how I roast peppers
- Directly on the burner, over the gas flame of my stovetop, I blacken the pepper. I remove them from the fire and place in a food grade plastic bag so the steam that forms will help to remove the skin. Let cool for about fifteen minutes, remove from bag and with a knife I peel off the skins.

Be careful:
If you don't use this type of stove, roast the peppers under a broiler or in the oven.


daphne said...

this is something new to me. roasted hummus! thanks for sharing! I love the colours and presentation. very appealing.

Anh said...

This is truly lovely. i like the idea of adding roast peppers to the hummus. The color is adorable!

East Meets West Kitchen said...

I love hummus and anything with tahini! And you roast pepper just like me. :)

Nunnie's Attic said...

Welcome back!! YAY!! I thought maybe you had quit blogging :(

I love hummus and this is a good recipe. I have to admit, I can normally get tahini at the store but sometimes when unexpected people drop by, I will make a dip like this omitting the tahini because I don't have any on hand. But I always have roasted red peppers so this one will go in my recipe box!


Andrea said...

This look really delicious! I love anything with roasted peppers, and this combination sounds perfect. Thanks for another great entry for Grow Your Own!

TBC said...

Cris, that looks so good! You roasted your own peppers too. The store-bought ones are good but there is nothing like roasting your own! I like your presentation of the platter.That is a nice idea-baking the garlic first. I should do that the next time.
And thanks for the mention :-)

Mansi said...

u made this at home???? man it's brilliant!!! very well made, I must say...looks totally professional!!:) my husband is a great Hummus Fan, I'm gonna try some mediterranean food next week:)

Thistlemoon said...

I love love love Roasted Red pepper hummus! Wonderful!

Nirmala said...

I adore roasted red pepper hummus too. It's so easy to make too. Your pictures are beautiful.

Patricia Scarpin said...

You have improved the recipe 100%, dear!