Red Lentil Hummus with Cumin and Sriracha

Red lentil hummus recipe with cumin and sriracha

I’m not over exaggerating when I say that my husband and I eat hummus every. Single. Day. Usually I purchase commercially made varieties, but it just dawned on me while writing this that if I make my own batch of hummus weekly, none will go to waste. Even my 3 year old devours it.

“Why is hummus so healthy?” you ask? Just look at the ingredient list. It typically reads: cooked chickpeas, olive oil, tahini (sesame seed paste), lemon and salt. And you might find a preservative, depending on its shelf life and packaging.

One recent day, right before my afternoon nosh, I discovered we were out of hummus! My husband nonchalantly confirmed. What? How could that be? I buy two containers per week. I searched the pantry for a replacement snack and uncovered a bag of red lentils. A flash of inspiration hit me, which produced this recipe. I encourage you to explore every variety of bean, pea and lentil hummus to awaken your taste buds and nourish you with a range of nutrients. Or maybe you have already? With which bean? And what flavoring? I’d love to hear about it.

Red lentil hummus with cumin & Sriracha

Red Lentil Hummus with Cumin and Sriracha

1/2 cup (96 g) dry skinless red lentils

1 1/2 cups (355 ml) vegetable broth

2 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled

2 teaspoons (10 g) nutritional yeast seasoning (find in the natural foods section)

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon (15 g) tahini (or use unsweetened almond butter)

1/4 teaspoon Sriracha chile sauce, or more to make it spicier (optional)

1/2 teaspoon liquid amino acids or reduced-sodium soy sauce

5 teaspoons (20 ml) lemon juice

Pinch of salt

Pinch of white pepper

2 tablespoons (30 ml) extra-virgin olive oil

 

Rinse lentils under cold running water and drain well.  Place lentils in a pot and add broth and garlic. Bring to a boil on high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer 20 minutes, until lentils become soft, no chalkiness remains and they have absorbed most of the liquid. Cool slightly.

Place cooked lentils and garlic, nutritional yeast, cumin, tahini, olive oil, Sriracha, amino acids, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a food processor and run until smooth.  Drizzle in olive oil with the motor running.

Spoon hummus in a serving dish or container. Drizzle with additional oil and sprinkle with paprika and additional ground cumin, if desired. Serve with dipping vehicles of your choice. Some of my favorites include whole-wheat pita chips or crackers, whole-grain tortilla chips, or vegetable crudités like baby carrots, celery sticks, sugar snap peas and cherry tomatoes.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Makes 9 servings, 2 tablespoons each

Nutrition Facts (per serving): 81 calories, 4 g total fat (0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 128 mg sodium, 0 mg cholesterol, 8 g total carbohydrate (3 g fiber), 3.5 g protein, 7.5% DV iron, 1.5% DV calcium, 0% DV Vitamin A, 3.5% DV Vitamin C.

 

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Red Lentil Hummus with Cumin and Sriracha

Red lentil hummus recipe with cumin and sriracha

By Michelle Dudash Published: January 31, 2013

  • Yield: 9 Servings
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Ready In: 35 mins

Smooth red lentil hummus with cumin and Sriracha for that extra flavor kick.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Rinse lentils under cold running water and drain well. Place lentils in a pot and add broth and garlic. Bring to a boil on high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer 20 minutes, until lentils become soft, no chalkiness remains and they have absorbed most of the liquid. Cool slightly.
  2. Place cooked lentils and garlic, nutritional yeast, cumin, tahini, olive oil, Sriracha, amino acids, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a food processor and run until smooth. Drizzle in olive oil with the motor running.
  3. Spoon hummus in a serving dish or container. Drizzle with additional oil and sprinkle with paprika and additional ground cumin, if desired. Serve with dipping vehicles of your choice. Some of my favorites include whole-wheat pita chips or crackers, whole-grain tortilla chips, or vegetable crudités like baby carrots, celery sticks, sugar snap peas and cherry tomatoes.
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6 Comments

  1. Posted January 31, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. Here is a link to three different hummus recipes I love: http://nickisnook.net/2012/03/13/hummus/

  2. Suzanne
    Posted February 1, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    This sounds amazing! I keep saying I will make my own hummus instead of purchasing the store stuff. Hopefully soon!

    • Posted February 3, 2013 at 8:59 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Suzanne. Making your own hummus is pretty easy to do. Just do it!
      Michelle

  3. Sherry
    Posted July 23, 2013 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    This is delicious. I made a mistake and added Tablespoons of lemon juice instead of teaspoons. It came out very liquid-y but has a wonderful flavor. I am wondering if it will get more solid when it is refrigerated.

  4. Sherry
    Posted July 23, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    The hummus is really delicious. I doubled the recipe and mistakenly added 9 Tablespoons of lemon juice before realizing the recipe said teaspoons. The flavor is wonderful but it is very liquid-y … more of a dressing consistency than a hummus. Next time I make it I will either add more lentils or put in the correct amount of lemon juice.

    • Posted July 23, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

      Glad you enjoyed it, Sherry! Yes, that much more lemon juice is probably what contributed to its liquidity.

      Best,
      Michelle

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