red lentil hummus – two recipes

18th December 2009


Sometimes hummus made from chickpeas can be quite heavy and there is also the long wait when the chickpeas need to be soaked overnight, then simmered for an hour to soften.  This recipe is a nice, light and very quick alternative.  Also, the result is very satisfying and even preferred. I am giving two recipes here.

One, where the red lentils are soaked, sprouted and raw – no cooking is involved.  This one has a taste of its own, whereas the other which I make a lot – cooked, is a very quick and easy hummus which can be ready in 20 minutes and has a similar taste to regular hummus.


cooked red lentil hummus

Red lentils cook very fast – 15 minutes without soaking.  You can also use the yellow split moong dal instead of red lentils, as they cook almost as fast and don’t require soaking.

ingredients :

1 cup red lentils/split moong dal

½ cup tahini

½ tsp cumin seeds

¼ tsp spicy paprika (optional)

juice of one lemon

salt and pepper

preparation :

Place the rinsed lentils in a saucepan and just barely cover with water.  Simmer covered until the lentils are soft and have a mushy consistency – 10 – 15 minutes, stirring occasionally so all the lentils cook.  Try not to be tempted to add more water.  Drain the lentils, keeping any excess water to add later.  Usually, I can judge the consistency and there is no need to drain.

In a small pan, lightly dry roast the cumin seeds, then crush them with a mortar and pestle.  Add to the lentils with the salt, lemon juice and tahini.

Using an immersion hand blender, blend all ingredients, until you reach a creamy texture (or one that you desire).  Taste the hummus and adjust any ingredients to your liking – lemon juice, tahini, cumin, salt or pepper.  Trickle with olive oil, dust with spicy paprika and garnish with fresh garden coriander.  I like to serve it with sliced carrot, beetroot and crunchy fennel pieces.


Sprouting is germination, a process where all the vitamins, minerals,  proteins, and essential acids that lay dormant in raw seeds, grains and beans, activate and multiply.  Sprouting also eliminates certain acids and toxins in plant life that would otherwise interfere with digestion.

Serves 4

ingredients :

1 cup sprouted red lentils (soaked and sprouted as below)

½ cup tahini

½ tsp freshly ground cumin

juice one lemon

salt and pepper

filtered water

preparation :

To sprout red lentils, place the lentils in a bowl and fill with filtered water. Let them soak overnight, or for at least 7 hours.  Once soaked, place a colander over the bucket or bowl, and drain all the water.  Leave the lentils in the colander overnight.  Rinse the lentils, and allow to sit overnight again. The lentils should start to sprout a tail.   This takes about two days.  The longer the tail grows, the more water it retains, which means less flavour.

In a high-speed blender, blend all ingredients, adding water until you reach a creamy texture (or one that you desire).  Taste the hummus and adjust any ingredients to your liking – lemon juice, tahini, cumin, salt or pepper. Trickle with olive oil, dust with hot paprika and sprinkle with nuts or seeds of choice.


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