Chick peas fuse together marvelously with vegetables like beets,roasted peppers or artichokes and greens like spinach,mint,cilantro to give a vibrant variation to traditional hummus.I could eat hummus everyday without any worry for its bursting nutritive value,Chick peas are low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol and Sodium(in home made chick peas). It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein and Copper, and a very good source of Folate and Manganese.
I'm sending the healthy pink hummus recipe to Ley's "Baking for breast cancer awareness" , a breast cancer awareness event. Healthy diet and early detection are key in prevention of any cancer.Beets are loaded with vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C. The beet greens have a higher content of iron compared to spinach. They are also an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, sodium and iron.It is considered a blood cleanser ,that helps the body to get rid of many unwanted ailments. Raw beets are considered more effective in fighting cancer than cooked.Read everything about Beets nutrition here.Read the useful guide to prevention of cancers.Learn the important breast cancer facts here.
Think no more, buy some beets,soak your chick peas tonight and make a fresh bowl of this tasty creamy healthy delight .
Recipe Beet Hummus
2 cups cooked or canned Chickpeas\Garbanzo beans\Bengal gram(home made are better ,canned are higher in sodium)
1 small beet,peeled and cooked until tender with a cup of water.
2 cloves garlic,roasted in olive oil
2 tablespoon Tahini sauce(recipe follows)
1/2 a fresh lime juice
1 green chilly(optional)
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Finely blend the beets in processor or blender,add just few drop of water if needed. Then mix in the cooked chick peas and roasted garlic. Blend again until the mixture is of smooth paste consistency,for a thick creamy hummus add just few drops of water if needed. Stir in the oil ,salt(for home made chick peas,no more salt needed for canned chick peas) and lime juice.Blend again till creamy. Transfer in a serving plate or bowl,garnish with edible rose(unbelievably easy to make,watch Vah chef in this video )and mint leaves. Hummus is appetizing with any whole grain chips,I served them with Home made pita chips. Stores in refrigerator for a week,enjoy it on toast or sandwiches or Kababs.
On request from my dear buddy Zee,here is the tahini recipe.
3/4th cup white sesame seeds
2 gloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/4 cup water
Toast the seeds on medium heat on stove top or in oven at 350F,while stirring occasionally ,about 10 minutes.
Grind the seeds in a processor or a coffee grinder until finely powdered.Stir in rest og the ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy.Stores in refrigerator ,drizzle on sandwiches or Kababs or add in hummus for a creamy texture and lot more flavor.
Other Pink recipes posted for Breast cancer awareness:
Rose Berry Banana Soy Smoothie
Another tasty beet recipe ,Beet Cheese Treats,I'm sending this tasty treat to JFI:Festive treats hosted this month by Srivalli.