A friend of mine gave me a bag of red lentils last weekend. I love lentils but have cooked very little with them. I’ve made a lentil soup before, but that’s about it. Then I stumbled across a red lentil hummus recipe and said to myself, “I can make hummus, just what I was looking for”. Traditionally hummus is made of garbanzo beans, but you can really use any creamy legume. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed when I was done.
Don’t be afraid of the hummus, it really is super easy to make. Mine only uses eight simple ingredients and a food processor. Dump in your ingredients, pulse a few times and you are good to go! Hummus for everyone! It really is the perfect potluck appetizer.
I served my red lentil hummus with naan, an indian bread made of flour, typically cooked in a clay oven, but you can serve it with any number of things. Pita, chips, sliced carrots and celery, all make great dipping sticks for hummus.
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup died red lentils
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 Tbsp tahini paste
- 4 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 lemon
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp ground pepper
- 1. Bring the water to boil in a pot. Add lentils and reduce heat to low. Simmer until all the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
- 2. Place lentils and the rest of the ingredients into the food processor. Pulse until smooth.
- 3. Spoon the hummus into a bowl and sprinkle more paprika on top.
- 4. Serve with bread, pita, naan, chips, vegetable sticks or use as a spread.