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Red Lentil Hummus - Deliciously simple recipe

Updated on October 14, 2015
Red Lentils
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Red Lentils

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.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: Serves 6-8 as an appetizer
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup/100g red lentils, washed
  • 2-3 or 1tsp crushed garlic or powder
  • 6tbsp lemon juice
  • 6tbsp tahini
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1tsp ground cayenne
  • 2 olive oil
  • 1/4 tbsp plus 1 tbsp olive oil and fresh coriander/cilantro, optional for garnish when serving
boil and simmer lentils.  Add small amounts of water as requirted to prevent sticking and drying out
boil and simmer lentils. Add small amounts of water as requirted to prevent sticking and drying out | Source
Reserve the liquid from the drained lentils
Reserve the liquid from the drained lentils | Source
Add cayenne to mixed and creamed lentils
Add cayenne to mixed and creamed lentils | Source
Creamy hummus with pitta makes an ideal appy or protein lunch.
Creamy hummus with pitta makes an ideal appy or protein lunch. | Source

Method

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Optional when serving add 1/4 tbsp olive oil and fresh coriander. Serve with warm pitta and or cut vegetables.

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      Bake Like a Pro 4 years ago

      What an easy recipe lizam. I love red rentils and have all the ingredients. I will be trying this recipe. Thank you. Voted up and sharing :)

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      :-) Enjoy Bake Like a Pro. Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I will have to mention this recipe idea to my hubby who makes hummus for us. Very good idea!

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      Hope he likes it and you enjoy eating. Thanks teaches12345

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Yum, this looks lovely and simple. I was just trying to come up with something to do with a bag red lentils I have. Hummus for all! Voted up and sharing.

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      Thanks Thundermama - enjoy!

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      Kari 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      I've never thought to eat hummus without chickpeas. In fact, I'm terrified to ditch the chickpeas...I'm addicted to chickpea hummus. However, I love red lentil soup and could see how this could work. Very cool.

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      Try it try it you may like it! Thanks for commenting.

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      acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

      Mmmm sounds really good ... will definitely give this a try.

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      Oh I do hope you like it.acaetnna. My daughter takes it for lunches and loves it. Thanks.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      This is an interesting variation to chick peas. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and interesting.

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      Thanks rajan jolly, appreciate the votes and reading.

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      d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      OMG. this recipe is great. I used to love hummus, but with all the crap they add i stopped buying it. I will try this recipe as soon as i get to the grocery story to get ingredients. I am not quite sure what Tahini is, but hope i can find it in the spice isle. ?

      OK, never mind, i just found a recipe for it:

      '''Think peanut butter, only made with sesame seeds. To make tahini, sesame seeds are soaked in water for a day, then crushed to separate the bran from the kernels. The crushed seeds are put into salted water, where the bran sinks, but the kernels float and are skimmed off the surface. They are toasted, then ground to produce their oily paste. There are two types of tahini, light and dark, and the light ivory version is considered to have both the best flavor and texture.'''

      Anything other than this that i should know? It says: the kernels are skimmed off the surface: they are toasted....??are 'they' toasted, or is what is left over toasted?

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      I don't know how to make Tahini, I buy an organic fair trade brand which I usually find in the speciality section and sometimes with the almond butter. Nuts to you nut butter Inc is the maker of the product. Love to know if you do make Tahini how it turns out.

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      d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for the tips. I love almond butter, i will let you know how mine turns out in a day or two.

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      Casimiro 4 years ago

      I love lentils, so this recipe is bookmarked for future reference. Thanks! Voted up.

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      Thanks Casmiro, appreciate the comment and the vote.

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      TheKatsMeow 4 years ago from Canada

      I have never thought about using lentils for hummus until now (usually I make mine with just chickpeas) this recipe sounds delicious! I can't wait to try it!

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      TheKatsMeow thanks - the hummus is very creamy and a neat alternative to chickpeas.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Thanks for sharing this. I am a huge fan of hummus, have some in the fridge right now. This looks so good.

      I tried making hummus once and it was not good. It came out gritty. I must have done something wrong. Anyway I am going to give this a try.

      Sending Angels to you today :) ps

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      pstraubie48, this recipe should turn out very creamy. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for the comment.

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