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Roasted Green Pepper Hummus

4 Apr

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Roasted Green Pepper Hummus.

Hummus is a dip made with garbanzo / chickpeas. Chickpeas are cooked and ground into paste with tahini and freshly roasted green peppers. Tahini is prepared with roasting and grinding sesame seeds into paste. Roasted green pepper hummus can be served with toasted pita bread or with any bread of your choice.
Makes: around a Cup of Roasted Green Pepper Hummus.

Ingredients:

Anahiem Green Chile or Any Mild Green Chile 3
Chickpeas / Garbanzo 1 Cup
Red Chili Powder a Small Pinch
Garic 1 Small Clove
Lemon Juice 3 Tbsps
Olive Oil 2 Tbsps
Salt to Taste

Tahini:

Sesame Seeds 2 – 4 Tbsps
Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 Tbsp

Method of preparation:

Soak the garlic in warm water for few minutes and peel the skin.
Wash, pat dry and place the green pepper on a direct flame.
Let the skin char on all sides and place the charred green peppers in a paper bag.
Once cool enough to handle, peel the outer skin and roughly chop the green peppers discarding the stems.

Soak chickpeas in water overnight.
Pressure cook soaked chickpeas in sufficient water for 3 whistles.
Alternatively, boil chickpeas in few cups of water on stove top till chickpeas turn soft.
Strain the cooked chickpeas and reserve the cooking liquid.

Toast sesame seeds in a heavy bottomed pan on low flame.
Once sesame seeds turn golden brown in color, remove from heat.
Grind toasted sesame seeds with olive oil into thick paste.

Grind cooked garbanzo beans with freshly prepared tahini paste, roasted green peppers, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and salt.
Taste and adjust the seasonings if necessary.
Store tight in a refrigerator to stay fresh for couple of days.
Remove the roasted green pepper hummus onto a bowl and serve with toasted pita bread or with any bread of your choice.
Notes: Make sure chickpeas are cooked right.

Suggestions: Adjust the consistency of the hummus with reserved cooking liquid (if desired).
Variations: Finely chopped cilantro can be added as a garnish.
Other Names: Roasted Green Pepper Hummus.