Friday, September 14, 2012

Decadent Dip: Pad Thai Hummus

Have you tried making hummus at home yet? It is really simple if you have the right tools: either a food processor or powerful blender. Other than that, it is just a matter of finding good seasonings for a can of beans. Way cheaper than what you buy at the store, more delicious and less packaging. Triple win, right?

Dips are a great way to encourage kids of all ages to eat more raw veggies. When you choose a healthy dip like hummus, you're filling up bellies with fiber and protein too. In the time it takes to dial for take out, you can whip up a batch of Thai inspired hummus.

Pad-Thai Hummus
  • 1 16-oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha (or more, I don't really like the heat to knock my socks off)
  • 1 teaspoon powdered dried ginger (or 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Thai basil (can substitute cilantro)
  • 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons cocoanut oil (0r substitute olive oil)
  • 1-2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons flaked sweetened cocoanut
  • 2-4 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons of Thai basil (or substitute cilantro)
  • Crushed peanuts, Thai basil and lime wedges, for garnish
  1. Place all ingredients except for thai basil (or cilantro) and water and blend for a full minute or so.
  2. Add water, one tablespoon at a time, until desired hummus reaches the perfect thickness for you. I used 4 tablespoons, but it is up to you!
  3. Add the basil and pulse the food processor until the leaves are chopped. Adding the basil at the end  leaves pretty specks in the hummus.
  4. Scoop your hummus into a serving dish and garnish with lime wedges, crushed peanuts and Thai basil.  
 A note about garnishes: garnishes should serve two purposes - they add to the overall beauty and presentation of your dish, but they should also be a clue as the flavors in the dish. Since this is an unusual flavor of hummus, I used the garnishes to imply a plate of pad Thai. 

You may also like my Roasted Carrot Hummus a l'Orange and Balsamic Black Bean Hummus. Check 'em out!

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