Spicy hummus is one of our favorite pick from Trader Joes (Retail grocery store in US). A small bite into the baguette dipped in this hummus, transports us to the Mediterranean land. We are a big time fan of middle eastern cuisine especially the falafel and dolma. We are a loyal customer to Falafel Drive-in, San Jose (a middle eastern take out joint) and we look for every possible opportunity to eat there. My OB/GYN clinic is right next to this place and every time we visit her office, I get the 2.00PM appointment so we would munch our lunch there .
Hummus has become an integral part of our family and S jokes that the hummus is made more number of times in our house than in a middle eastern household. I try to add variation to it by adding avocado or mint leaves or roasted sesame seeds or cilantro depending on the things I find in my kitchen. S was so addicted to it that he will eat them with any bread available at home. So I recreated this hummus after reading the list of ingredients in that packet and also making them at home is cost effective.
Spicy sweetness from bell peppers, pungent flavor from garlic and mild heat from the jalapenos add a lovely flavor and texture to this hummus. The addition of tahini paste adds a gentle creaminess to it and finally the zesty lemon and parsley creates a refreshing taste to it. I love its color and I enjoy them with carrots and celery sticks.
- 1 large red bell pepper
- 6 garlic cloves
- 6 pickled jalapenos
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 can organic garbanzo beans (15oz)
- 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup tahini paste
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley
- 1 lemon
- Salt and pepper
- Clean and remove the seeds from the red bell peppers. Chop them into large chunks and pat dry them with kitchen towel. Mix garlic, jalapeno peppers and bell peppers with little salt, pepper and olive oil. Broil them for 15-18 minutes , until they are lightly charred. Be careful and keep an eye after 12 minutes. Remove and let them cool.
- Drain the beans into a colander and rinse them in the running tap water.
- Grind the beans, broiled veggies, tahini paste, juice of a lemon, salt, pepper and olive oil to a fine paste with little water. Finally add the parsley and pulse them together. Garnish with lemon zest and mix well before serving. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
- I prefer to use little water instead of using large amount of olive oil.
- Serve this spicy hummus with celery, cucumber and bell pepper strips for those in South beach diet. This is an ideal snack for women with gestational diabetes. For other, serve these spicy good hummus with grilled bread/baguette.
- You could also add roasted sesame seeds instead of tahini.