Friday, January 30, 2009

Chick peas - spread (like Hummus)

This is like hummus but with different ingredients.

1 cup - Soaked, cooked chickpeas
1 - clove of garlic finely minced and sauted to remove raw flavor
1/4 cup - finely chopped tomato
1/4 cup - finely chopped red onion
2 tbsp - black olives sliced
2 tbps - finely cut green pepper (saute them in few drops of oil)
Few pinches - papprika powder
To Taste - salt
1/2 tsp - Garam Masala powder(optional)
1/4 tsp - Lime juice
1 tsp - grated jest of lime
2 tbsps - fine chopped cilantro

Blend the chickpeas into a fine paste. Add the chopped garlic, tomato, onion, olives, green peppers. Mix them and add salt and jest of lime and mix to incorporate all the ingredients. Add papprika powder and garam masala powder and garnish with cilantro.

This also is great as a spread to use in bread, tortillas, tacos or to use as a dip with chips. Can refrigerate upto 3 days.

To create an easy sandwich, spread a slice with the chickpeas spread, add a layer of lettuce, sliced tomatoes, onions, shredded carrots and a slice of cheese(optional) and you've got a filling breakfast and healthy too!

Avocado Veggi - Bread Spread

1 - Large Hass Avocado
1 - finely chopped ripe plum tomato
1 - finely chopped small red onion
2 tbsps - finely chopped cilantro
1 /2 or 1 - finely chopped serrano pepper
1/4 cup - boiled peas
2 tbsps - finely chopped ripe mangoes(optional)
to taste - Salt (1/2 tsp approx)
1 tbsp - Lemon juice

Scoop out avocado and mash well. Add all the chopped veggies and add the pepper, cilantro and finally add the boiled peas and mix well. Add the salt and squeeze in the lemon juice. Its done!

It can be refridgerated for upto 2 days. Use as a spread in breads or as a filler in tortillas, tacos.