Saturday, September 15, 2012

green mung bean hummus with green pitted olives...

 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.

Green mung bean hummus is definitely a keeper recipe if you look at food the way do. Food for healing, health and nourishment. Mung beans are wonderful for detox and cleansing, use them more.


  1. I am a big hummus fan-eat it all the time. This is definitely an interesting twist on a classic.

    Thanks for sharing.


  2. im loving ur lunch box ideas...for both of who are makes for grt idea everyday..if only i get the cook to make all the food :)

  3. I have never had humus before :( will try this as well as the chickpea humus :)

  4. oh yum! like olives in most things... i do put chunky bits of black olive in hummus sometimes.