Red Lentils make a delicious and creamy hummus. This recipe is simple and easy to make and great for vegetarian, vegan. wheat and gluten free guests or to take to a party. It is also a perfect high protein healthy lunch for school or work . Serve with cut vegetables and/or pitta bread.
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: Serves 6-8 as an appetizer
1/2 cup/100g red lentils, washed
2-3 or 1tsp crushed garlic or powder
6tbsp lemon juice
1tsp ground cayenne
2 olive oil
1/4 tbsp plus 1 tbsp olive oil and fresh coriander/cilantro, optional for garnish when serving
Wash lentils and add 1 and 1/2 cups water. Bring to boil and simmer for 30 minutes uncovered. Add small amounts of water if required to prevent lentils from boiling dry.
Drain lentils and reserve drained liquid. Place lentils in food processor and add 2 tblsp of olive oil. Mix and use spatula to remove mixture from sides and combine into main mixture.
Add garlic, salt, tahini and lemon juice and mix. Add reserved liquid as needed. The hummus should be creamy. Taste and adjust ingredients if required such as more lemon juice.
Optional when serving add 1/4 tbsp olive oil and fresh coriander. Serve with warm pitta and or cut vegetables.
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