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Sunday, 13 September 2015

Yummy Rajma Hummus (Kidney Beans Dip)

          Hummus is a traditional dip from the Middle Eastern regions, where it is served along with Arabic bread and / or grilled meat. It can also be relished as a spread on toasted bread and parathas a la Indian style. Healthy and nutritious, they can be had with veggie crudites, crackers or chips for a light snack. 

          Today I made Rajma / Kidney Beans Hummus. It turned out simply delicious and had along with some cucumber strips for a light snack. The presence of garlic and sesame seeds enhances the flavour and gives a creamy texture to the end product. Add some extra lime juice for a tangy taste. So this simple and easy homemade Hummus is a quick fix when you have hunger pangs and time is a constraint.

          There are many health benefits of Rajma or Kidney Beans. It helps in lowering cholesterol, contains dietary fibre, is good for diabetics, contains lot of proteins and prevents hypertension. Hence it is good to include it in our daily diet. So why not in the form of Hummus? So here is an yummy and nutritious Rajma hummus which can be had as a light snack along with veggie crudites or crackers. 

  • 1 cup boiled Rajma (Kidney beans)
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp. red chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper powder
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. roasted coriander-cumin powder
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. boiled rajma to garnish

          Blend together all the above mentioned ingredients (except olive oil) to a smooth paste with required quantity of water. 

          Mix the olive oil and serve, garnished with the boiled Rajma as a dip. They can also be relished as a spread on toasted bread and parathas.

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