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Bombay Hummus

Posted in Appetizers, Sides by Janet M on October 24, 2011

Sorry for keeping you all in suspense about Iceland.

I haven’t even gone through all (6000!) photos Rob and I took while we were away. Suffice it to say, we absolutely adored our trip and a week wasn’t nearly enough time to do everything. We packed it all in though.

We went horseback riding with Icelandic horses into the countryside, were mesmerized by numerous waterfalls, eagerly awaited the next spurt from the geyser, hiked between the separating North American-European tectonic plates, attempted to hike up a volcano (yes, THAT volcano) but instead ended up in a magical land possibly filled with elves. We hiked up other hills, treated by natural hot springs at the top. We touched a glacier and then had fun watching where icebergs merged together before heading out to sea. We visited a lava tube, more lava fields and even a pseudo crater. The windy south-west peninsula brought us to steep black cliffs, isolated lighthouses and beaches.

Everyone is amazed that I managed to keep up with my vegan eats while in Iceland. It was actually quite easy, since our hotel had a fabulous breakfast buffet and it was right next to a glorious restaurant, Glo. Each day, Glo has 3 main meals: one raw, one vegan/vegetarian and one meat. You get to pick another 3 salads to complete your meal… along with as much hummus as you want.

Suffice it to say, Rob and I ate a lot of hummus while we were away. Not only because their hummus was incredible, but also because we brought our own. Security made us check it into our luggage (apparently hummus = paste and cannot go through security), but it makes for a very portable snack while travelling.

I made two batches of hummus before we left. This was Rob’s favourite. Adapted from Rebar (also posted here), it adds a unique twist to traditional hummus, using cashews and chickpeas as a creamy base, spiced with ginger, cumin, coriander, cilantro, mint and lime. Use it as a dip for fresh veggies, or roll into into your next Swiss chard wrap.

This is being submitted to this week’s Weekend Herb Blogging, hosted by Lynne from Cafe Lynnylu.

Bombay Hummus

1/4 cup canola oil
one 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
one 540ml can cooked chickpeas, drained (or 2 cups cooked chickpeas)
1/4 cup cashews, roasted
juice of one lime
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp Aleppo pepper, or to taste
pinch cayenne
pinch turmeric
pinch cinnamon
2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
2 Tbsp chopped mint

1. Gently heat the oil and ginger in a small saucepan. Let the ginger sizzle, but not brown. After about 10 mins, remove from heat and set aside to cool.

2. Combine all ingredients (including ginger and oil) in a food processor or blender, and pulse to blend. Blend to a rough purée and season to taste. If your blender or food processor is old, you might want to toss in some extra liquid (water, more lime juice if you like it citrussy) to help your blades along.

Makes 2.5 cups.

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  1. Caitlin said, on October 24, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    wow- i love the flavors in this hummus. very exotic!

  2. Natalie @ Once Upon a Cutting Board said, on October 24, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Mmm I love hummus and have been wanting to make an Indian-flavoured one for a while .. this one sounds great! And I love the idea of adding cashews!

  3. Joanne said, on October 24, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    With all those spices there is a TON of flavor packed into that hummus! It sounds fabulous. I love that you took it with you on vacation…sounds like something I would do!

  4. Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours said, on October 24, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    That sounds amazing. Love the idea of the cashews.

    Here in the UK Iceland is a horrible cheap and nasty supermarket (which I hate) I was wondering what on earth you were talking about for a while.

    • janet @ the taste space said, on October 24, 2011 at 8:27 PM

      Iceland, the country is anything but horrible! :) If you have the chance to go, and it is horribly cheap (our tickets were bought on sale), have no hesitations. ;)

  5. Cara said, on October 24, 2011 at 10:44 PM

    As much hummus as you can eat? Now that’s something I never knew about Iceland :) Sadly my husband would clean them out of hummus!

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  7. Genevieve said, on October 25, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    I love Indian food, so I’m sure I would love this hummus! It would go perfectly with naan bread!

  8. Jacqueline said, on October 25, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Oh this one looks good too. I like the spices added :)

  9. Kalyn said, on October 26, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    This sounds just fantastic.

  10. Claudia said, on October 31, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    This recipe certainly puts a new spin on hummus. It’ll never be the same. And, I would never have considered Iceland as a vacation destination either, thanks for the info.

  11. lynne317 said, on November 1, 2011 at 5:26 AM

    I love your addition of the cashews in the hummus! Your Iceland trip must have been amazing! Thanks for participating in WHB.

  12. crispycookr said, on November 1, 2011 at 8:41 AM

    Sounds like a great flavor combination in this hummus.

  13. Ashley said, on November 2, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Horseback riding with Icelandic horses into the countryside sounds amaaaaaaaaaaazing. Well all of it does. :) I need to try this Rebar hummus! Can’t believe I haven’t.

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