Hummus is great in all it's avatars for me. I can have it as a meal if some of the chickpeas are left whole. I just want some texture to go with a hummus meal. Either some crisp slices of cucumber or some crackers make a hummus meal interesting but I can do even without them sometimes.
The husband doesn't like hummus much in it's original avatar. So I devised a salad that reminds me of hummus and rids him of the pasty feeling that he dislikes about it.
And this Green mung bean hummus serves the same purpose. I don't make a paste of boiled green mung, just mash it lightly for myself and keep it whole for him. Works really well. Minimal cooking, minimal blending and great taste.
I even packed this chunky green mung Hummus in his lunch box one day. I have been posting his lunch box pictures on my page since there were many requests for healthy and balanced lunch box ideas.
You can check out healthy options for adult lunch boxes here on my page.
Green mung beans 1 cup (uncooked) soaked overnight
Tahini paste 2 tbsp or more as per taste (I used my homemade Tahini*)
Green pitted Olives 1 cup ( I used up about 3/4th a bottle of Del Monte pitted olives)
Extra virgin olive oil 2 tbsp or to tatse
salt to taste
some red chilly powder to taste
Boil the Mung beans with a cup of water in pressure cooker. Cook till the first whistle and then on lowered flame for 5 minutes. let it cool naturally till the pressure releases. All the water should be absorbed, drain if it has some.
Make a paste of the green pitted olives.
Mix all three and mash the mung beans a little if you wish. You can make a paste of mung as well if you want a smooth texture.
Pour extra virgin olive oil on top and sprinkle some red chilly powder if you wish.
I like a little lime juice sometimes, taste and adjust seasoning according to your taste and add lime juice if required. It should be a balance of flavors.
*Recipe for the homemade Tahini paste... 1/2 a cup of white sesame seds are dry roasted till aromatic and then ground in a mixie jar till pasty. Some Lime juice and about 10 garlic cloves are added, some salt to taste and then again blended till smooth. Some sesame oil can be added to get a preferred consistency.
I used Del Monte Extra virgin olive oil and the pitted olives from Del Monte as well. Sending this post as an entry for the Del Monte blogger recipe carnival by Indiblogger as my third entry. Earlier ones were a whole wheat Foccacia with Del Monte Prunes and a Gluten free Panforte with Del Monte Prunes. You can see the Prunes and Olives are my favorite Del Monte products.
Look at this Del Monte Wordfoodie page for more ideas.