I looooooove spicy hot food. From jalapenos, to chilies, to cayenne pepper, whatever can be added; I really enjoy a good kick in my meals!
When we’re out I love ordering food with extra spice, perusing the menu for dishes which pack a punch. Usually I can handle the jandal. Until recently. We ordered in Thai after a particularly busy week. I thought I would step up to the plate to ‘traditional hot’ and see how extreme I could go, but there I found my limit. About two mouthfuls in I thought my tastebuds would be burnt off forever. A glass of cold milk didn’t douse the fire, a fresh apple was mocked in the full force of my mouth inferno. All I could do was wait it out, mouth burning, stomach churning, mind resolved to tone it back a little from here.
Such was the burn that it was a couple weeks before I eased back towards my love of spiciness once more. But back the desire came, it was time to make hummus!
This hummus has a medium level kick to it and a wonderful fresh flavour. It’s perfect on crackers, with chopped fresh veges or in place of sauce in a salad. If you’re a fellow spice lover then try it with a little more chili and leaving in the seeds. How hot can you go?
Chili & Coriander (Cilantro) Hummus
1x 400g can chickpeas, drained & rinsed
1 tsp tahini (can substitute with almond or peanut butter)
zest of half lemon
juice of 1 lemon
2 green chilies, halved, deseeded (unless you love it HOT!) and roughly chopped
handful of fresh coriander (cilantro), roughly chopped (approx 4 tbsp)
2 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
3 tbsp olive oil
Place all ingredients in the food processor and blend until you reach a smooth consistency. Store in the fridge and use within the week.