Hummus with Roasted Chili and Carrots

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This hummus recipe, like many of the other dishes on my site, involves playing with flavors. Growing up in a Palestinian and Spanish/Puerto Rican home, I always knew that my palate was a little different. With a pantry stocked with tahini, zaa’tar, sazón, and sofrito, our cooking was often a melting pot of our multicultural upbringing. Those early experiences really shaped the way that I  looked at food. As a child, I learned that combining flavors of different cuisines can open a world of creativity. To this day, I am always looking for ways to add more flavor, spice, and life to traditional foods.  Rather than calling this cooking style “fusion cuisine,” to me, it’s simply about seeing the kitchen as a place of limitless possibilities. A little chili here and a little spice there, some Latin gusto over there, and you’ve added another dimension to your cooking.

My latest flavor experiment was all about this hummus made with red chili, carrots, and garlic – all roasted to deepen their flavors. The final touch was a generous helping of crunchy spiced chickpeas (method below in notes*.) The result? A hummus so creamy, rich, flavorful, and satisfying that you almost don’t want to share. Almost. 🙂

For best results, I highly recommend using small dried chickpeas and cooking them at home (method in notes**). It makes a substantial difference in flavor and texture. Also, feel free to add slightly more cumin, lemon, etc. to your taste – if you would like a particular flavor to stand out. If you prefer your consistency creamier, add more lemon juice or liquid as you go along. This recipe is right in the middle, but can be easily customized.

INGREDIENTS/ SERVES 4 AS A STARTER

2 tablespoons olive oil, for roasting vegetables
2 large/ about 180. gr. carrots, sliced
6 large cloves garlic, whole
1 large red chili (mild variety), halved and seeds removed for mild spiciness
1/2 cup/ 118 ml. tahini paste
juice of 1 1/2 large lemons/ 2/3 cups/ 156 ml.
2 cups/340 gr. cooked chickpeas, well drained
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
3 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, for hummus, plus more for drizzling
2 tablespoon chickpea water or water
pinch chili flakes, optional

METHOD

1. Preheat oven to 200C/400F. Combine the 2 tablespoons of olive oil, sliced carrots, garlic cloves, and red chili in a small roasting pan. Roast for 30 minutes, while tossing the vegetables halfway. Leave to cool.

2. In a food processor or very high powered blender, blitz together the tahini and lemon juice until smooth. Add the carrots, garlic, chili, chickpeas, turmeric, cumin, salt, olive oil, and water. Blitz again until smooth. Check your consistency and if necessary, add 1 tablespoon of liquid (lemon juice or chickpea water) at a time, until you get your desired consistency. The amount differs depending on how much water your chickpeas have retained. Check for salt/seasoning and adjust to your liking.

3. Serve and top with olive oil, chili flakes, sweet paprika, chopped parsley, spiced chickpeas, toasted pine nuts, etc. Keeps well chilled for up to a few days.

NOTES

*To make the spiced chickpeas used in the topping, sauté the remaining cooked chickpeas with just enough olive oil to coat the pan. Toss together with cumin, paprika, chili flakes, salt, pepper, and a bit of turmeric. Cook over a medium heat until crispy. Easy!

**To make the hummus and spiced chickpeas used in this recipe, soak 1 1/2 cups of small dried chickpeas in water with 1 tablespoon of baking soda overnight. Drain the chickpeas the next day and rinse well. Place in a pot filled with boiling water, stir in salt, cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for about an hour or until extra tender. Drain well.

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25 Comments Add yours

  1. Such a nice combination! 😍

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  2. Megala says:

    Wow! Awesome!

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  3. Wow your hummus looks so creamy! I’ve been meaning to make hummus too! This recipe looks delicious

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    1. Hanady says:

      Thank you! I’m so glad you liked the recipe! 🙂 X

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      1. You’re very welcome! 🙂

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  4. Eha says:

    Having had the privilege of a rather large blogroll for a number of years I would like to put you at the top of the list for sheer innovativeness. Your recipes just ask to be tried and, in all probability, loved! I have used the term ‘fusion’ far too often and, at the same time, I do get somewhat negative when absolutely classic world recipes are presented in ‘other’ ways without ‘in the style of’ in front of them. I have to look at my ‘understanding ‘ of the term again . . . . thanks for all . . . superb . . . .

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    1. Hanady says:

      Hi Eha! Thank you so much for your sweet words! You are far too kind! I’m so glad you liked the recipe. I know what you mean, there are classic recipes that are often altered without proper recognition of the original versions. There are also those that have room for different flavors and creative styles. I would like to think this recipe belongs to the latter. Thank you again, dear. Much love. Xx

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous! Such a wonderful collection of ingredients to create a fabulous flavour 😍😍😘

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    1. Hanady says:

      Thank you so much, lovely Elaine! 🙂

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  6. This looks so delicious! A great dish to serve at a dinner party 🙂

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    1. Hanady says:

      Thank you! It’s indeed the perfect party plate! Xx

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  7. m37bruce says:

    Reblogged this on 53 Dodge M-37 and commented:
    I really like this, make sure you finish with the best extra virgin olive oil you have, it’s worth it.

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    1. Hanady says:

      Thank you so much, Bruce! I couldn’t agree more. Using the best olive oil is vital! X

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  8. PS says:

    Wow..looks so delicious..very nice presentation.want to eat right now

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    1. Hanady says:

      Thank you! I’m pleased you liked the recipe! Xo

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  9. This looks incredible! Can’t beat a good hummus! x

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    1. Hanady says:

      Thank you! Xx

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      1. You’re very welcome! xx

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  10. Veena S. says:

    As always..clear good photography, and varied take on traditional recipes. Yummmmm…

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    1. Hanady says:

      Thank you so much, Veena, for your feedback! Much love. X

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  11. Lovely plate, credit to your diverse background! 🙂

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    1. Hanady says:

      Thank you! 🙂 X

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  12. Oh my lord this looks delicious !

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