Roasted Red Pepper Hummus


Ever since I came across this variation of hummus I have been dying to try it. The thought of adding roasted red bell pepper brought to my mind a 'smoky - sweet' capsicum flavour and immediately I found myself craving for it :D Glad that I finally made it. Came out pretty well as expected. A very simple and easy dip that tastes best with pitta bread. You could also use it as a healthy dip for fritters or spread for making sandwiches instead of mayonnaise.

I must say that the roasting process was pretty messy - I did  it on the stove top; held each end of the capsicum with a fork and kept turning it over my burner. It took me a while to get a good part of the skin burnt! Not to mention the popping sounds that it made from time to time which initially left me a bit frazzled. But having said that, the roasted bell pepper adds such a nice flavour to the otherwise ordinary hummus. So I would definitely not mind trying this recipe again :)

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus: Recipe
(Source: Adapted from Life Currents)


Ingredients:
  • Red Bell Pepper - 1 medium
  • Garlic - 1 large clove crushed
  • Cooked Chickpeas - 1 can (about 260 gm)
  • Tahina paste - 2 to 3 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Lemon juice - about half a lemon
  • Olive oil - a generous drizzle
  • Red Chili Powder - 1/4 to 1/2 tsp as per your taste
  • Red Chili flakes to garnish

Method:
  1. Roast the red bell pepper - you can either grill it or roast it on the stove top . Once most of the skin has blackened, place it in a deep bowl and cover with cellophane wrap or a lid so that it will sweat in its own heat. After 15 - 20 mins, peel off the burnt skin (you can dip it in water to remove the tiny bits) with your hands and chop it roughly into small pieces.
  2. In a heavy duty blender / grinder, add the chopped roasted red bell pepper and all the other ingredients (except red chili flakes) and blend into a smooth paste. If it is too thick add few  teaspoons of water.
  3. Do a taste test and modify with added salt, tahina, lemon or red chilli powder to suit your taste. If you like it more garlicky, you can use more garlic as well.
  4. Serve it as a dip with freshly toasted pitta bread and green salad.


17 comments:

  1. Oh..I'm making hummus tonight..love it.
    Will try this variation next time.

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  2. wow....a shud try hummus....bookmarked it Rosh.....

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  3. wow, love that vibrant colour... nice variation on regular hummus cant wait to try it out

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  4. the color of the hummus looks simply awesome.. like you said the smoky capsicum effect is worth the effort

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  5. This is on my mind Rosh!! Oh love those roasted red peppers...

    -Mythreyi
    Yum! Yum! Yum!

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  6. hummus looks delicious. simple to follow recipe

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  7. Indeed this is a great alternative way to enjoy hummus.

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  8. Awesome, love that beautiful color..

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  9. Nice vibrant color and looks so lovely !! delicious !!

    Ongoing event
    CC:Mom's Recipe

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  10. great colour and flavour than the regular one..
    Noel collections

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  11. wow...love the vibrant color !!!looks divine dear :-)

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  12. wat a lipsmacking dish...looks delight..!
    Tasty Appetite

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  13. Wow Rosh..The pic is so tempting.. :)
    Shall definitely try this sometime.

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  14. Such a beautiful color! I have yet to try making hummus in the comfort of my own home. It is climbing the ladder of my to-do list though ;)

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  15. Awesome...I love humus and I love roasted red bell peppers...I usually roasted them in the oven which makes it a little less messy...now i need to put the two together :-)

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  16. Such a attractive coloured hummus and great clicks are making it so much more tempting!!

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