February 20, 2016

Spicy Hummus and tasty Salsa

My Sunday addition for "The 52 Cookbook Pact" hosted by Ruchina. These are spicy Hummus and salsa. Easy, spicy and healthy Chickpeas dip for Tortilla chips, Doritos, Pita Bread chips, can also serve with Celery sticks, Carrots sticks etc. Choice is endless. I made these simple and healthy snacks for Super Bowl 50 instead of usual Chicken Wings, Taquitos etc. Of course, you can have those as well, more the merrier! Enjoy...

Spicy Hummus, Salsa with Flax Seed Tortilla Chips, Celery and Carrot sticks:


Spicy Hummus:
one 15 oz cans chickpeas, drain and wash,
1 tbsp Tahini or 1 tbsp Sesame seeds,
3 large garlic cloves,
1 or 2 Jalapenos,
Juice of 1 lemon or to taste,
1 tsp cumin seeds,
Salt to taste
2 tbsp Cilantro
2 tbsp extra Virgin olive oil to mix
1 tbsp extra Olive oil and 1/4 tsp chilli pd for drizzling on top
Little water to help make thickish dip as needed.

 To make it:
1. Take Chickpeas in a bowl, heat up in Microwave for 1-2 mins. Cool. Heated Chickpeas helps to make a smooth paste in blender.
2. Now blend together the Chickpeas, Tahini paste or roasted sesame seeds, garlic, cumin, salt, 1 tbsp water, cilantro and olive oil in a blender until smooth. Add water as needed but don't make dip too thin, just thick enough to be able to scoop with chips or veggies.
3. Add salt and lemon juice to taste.Scoop out in a bowl.
4. Heat 1 tbsp Olive oil just until warm, add chilli pd and take os the heat. Cool.
5. Drizzle this red Olive oil around Hummus, garnish with some Chickpeas and cilantro.
6. Serve with Chips and also makes a great dip for Celery, Carrot sticks.
Note:
Tahini is a ground paste you can buy in jars it in store but if you don't have it, you can throw in some Sesame seeds when you grind the Chickpeas.

Convert Hummus into Bean Burgers:
If there is any Hummus leftover, add grated carrots, finely chopped Bell Peppers, Chickpea flour/Besan, mix, adjust spices and chill in fridge for a while. Make thick patties, shallow fry in 1/4" oil to make delicious Veg and Bean Burgers with Onion rolls, lettuce and cumin flavored yogurt sauce! Bean Burgers looks like these.

Spicy Salsa:
Choose fleshy, Roma Tomatoes with less seeds if you can find them. Salsa should not too watery. Do not add water, should be chunky, not pasty. Chop by hand or use a chopper, do not blend in a mixer. 
To make Salsa:
Salsa is easy to make. Just chop up about 4-6 medium sized fresh Roma Tomatoes, 2 or 3 garlic cloves, 1 small onion, 1 Jalapeno, few cilantro sprigs finely, and add 1/2 to 1tsp Cumin powder, 1/2 tsp lemon juice, 1/2 tsp sugar, salt to taste. Mix well and keep it away covered for few hours for the flavors to mingle. Makes a refreshing, spicy and healthy dip for Tortilla chips. Adjust the ingredients and spices as per your taste.

Cookbook: Hummus recipe (with slight changes) is from "The Complete Mediterranean Diet" by Michael Ozner.

There are you are, two great party starters! :)

2 comments:

Srivalli said...

The entire platter looks so inviting Asha..would love to have that right now to dig in..

Asha said...

True Srivalli. We love it and it's so healthy too. Good to see you here as well :)