Hummus is a Mediterranean dish which has found a lot of popularity in the West.
|Funke Koleosho's Hummus Style Brown Bean Paste|
I am not too keen on chickpeas (the main ingredient for making hummus) because I feel it is a bit of an acquired taste. Chickpeas being a legume like the more familiar brown beans, I wondered if the beans might be suitable for making a dish similar to hummus. I tried it out and I love the result. I kid you not, the bean paste is really creamy, good and tasty!!!
I am sure you will find more uses than one for this paste when you try it out...really. It was really good eating on its own as well as serving in a sandwich. I tell you this, my hummus style brown bean paste is excellent to make sandwiches or served as a dip. You've got to try it...
- 200 g of Nigerian brown beans
- 1 small size onion, peeled and chopped
- 3 tablespoons of water (perhaps more to adjust the thickness of the paste and aid blending)
- 50 ml of virgin coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil (oil makes blending easier so choose a really healthy option). Use more or less to enhance the taste and consistency.
- Chives for garnishing
- Chilli powder or Suya pepper mix
- Pinch of salt
- Black pepper
- Pinch of cumin
What to do:
- Cook beans with the onion in a pressure cooker until beans are very soft and crumble to the touch. (Do not add any salt at this stage)
- When properly cooked and soft, transfer beans into a blender, add water and oil. Also add salt, pepper and cumin. Blend beans and all into a creamy paste.
- Serve and garnish with some chopped chives and suya spice.