Hummus made from 9 different variety of beans and lentils. A very healthy dose of protein and fibre for you, your baby and your family.
Snacks for little ones can be a challenge at times, especially when we are trying to feed them something healthy and nutritious. Today I have a recipe filled with beans and lentils which are great for the entire family to enjoy, right from 8-month-old onwards.
My Mixed Beans Hummus recipe consists of 9 different beans and lentils. Yes, you read it right, 9 types of beans in one meal. These include Mung Beans, Split Black beans, Split Red Lentils, Black eyed beans, Moth Whole Beans, Red Mung Beans, Kidney beans, Chickpeas, Black Turtle Beans. The first thing came that struck me was the nutrition level in this, and the endless possibilities of making something with these mixed beans for babies, kids, as well as for grown-ups.
Now let’s talk about legumes and beans that are used in this hummus. As I have mentioned earlier, this hummus is the combination of 9 nutritious beans and legumes that are easily available in the market. These little beans and lentils are loaded with proteins and fibre. They are a good source of vitamin A, B vitamins (Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid) vitamin E, vitamin D, vitamin C, vitamin K. Beans are also a good source of calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, copper and manganese.
Cooking beans and lentils are relatively simple. I usually soak beans and lentils overnight or for a day or two until they are sprouted. Then, I like to pressure cook them to reduce the cooking time. You can also cook these on a stove top since they are soaked for a long period of time, they get cooked quite easily.
So try this Mixed Beans Hummus for your baby’s next meal soon. This hummus recipe is so versatile that it can be used as a dip with vegetables and pita chips for toddlers and kids. Mixed Bean Hummus can also be used as a spread on sandwiches and wraps. For the grown up version, adding some smoked paprika and tahini would make it a perfect dip appetiser for the upcoming holiday season.
Mixed Beans Hummus:
Prep Time: 10 mins
Yields: 1 serving
1/2 cup mixed beans (pre-soaked and cooked)
1 garlic clove
1 tsp cilantro leaves
A dash of roasted cumin powder
A dash of black pepper
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp olive oil
Salt (as required, skip it if making this for babies)
Pre-soak the bean and lentils overnight. Cook these till they are tender and mushy.
In a food processor, add all the above ingredients and run till everything is well incorporated. You can add a little water as needed to adjust your required consistency.
Once done, transfer this to a serving bowl and serve.