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Red Lentil Hummus

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While testing new hummus recipes in the Dr. Yum Project Kitchen, we've tried out some alternatives to the classic chickpea base. This recipe instead uses roasted carrots, lentils, and a Mediterranean spice profile that combine to create a great dip!

Ingredients

Food
Amt
Units
Prep
Notes
6 carrots, peeled and chopped into 1 inch pieces
carrots
6
peeled and chopped into 1 inch pieces
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
olive oil
4
tablespoons
divided
1 teaspoon curry powder
curry powder
1
teaspoon
1 teaspoon salt, divided
salt
1
teaspoon
divided
1 teaspoon black pepper, divided
black pepper
1
teaspoon
divided
4 cloves garlic, roasted
garlic
4
cloves
roasted
2 cups water
water
2
cups
½ cup dry red lentils, thoroughly rinsed
dry red lentils
½
cup
thoroughly rinsed
2 tablespoons tahini
tahini
2
tablespoons
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
fresh lemon juice
2
tablespoons
1 teaspoon ground coriander
ground coriander
1
teaspoon
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
cayenne pepper
teaspoon
optional: chopped fresh parsley

Method

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add carrots to baking tray, drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil, and sprinkle with curry powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Toss to coat all carrots. Wrap garlic cloves in a foil pack and roast with the carrots. Roast in the oven for 45 minutes, or until fork-tender and golden brown, tossing about halfway through. While the carrots are roasting, bring water and lentils to a boil in a medium saucepan. Then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender. Stir occasionally. Strain off excess water and reserve. Add roasted carrots, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, and cooked lentils to a food processor. Remove roasted garlic from foil and add. Then add tahini, lemon juice, coriander, 3/4 teaspoon salt, cumin, cayenne pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Process for 1 to 2 minutes or until mostly smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed. Spoon the dip into a bowl and serve with optional fresh parsley and your choice of dippers.

Prep time
15 min
Cook time
45 min
Yields/Serves:
8

Yum Ratings

😫😟😐😀😍 “I like the smokiness of it!” —Trina, a grown up
😫😟😐😀😍 “It has a savory flavor and crunch.” —Heidi, a grown up