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Orange Lentil "Hummus"

Legumes are an excellent source of quality protein and could be prepared in many cooking methods, some of them very surprising

We have prepared for you a recipe for a quick and easy spread made of orange lentils and raw tahini that could replace the store-bought hummus.

Store-bought hummus is a regular household member in many refrigerators in Israel, not the least because preparing home-made hummus is not always a simple task, for it requires planning ahead, soaking, and prolonged cooking. For that reason exactly, our recipe for orange lentil and raw tahini spread is so great: cook for 20 minutes, grind for a couple more minutes (either with a blender or a food processor), then add raw tahini – and you've got yourself a nutritious spread rich with protein that could easily take on any store-bough hummus and even home-made hummus. Bon appetite.

Ingredients for about 250 grams of prepared spread

  • 1 cup orange lentils
  • 3 tbs raw tahini
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 1/2 tbs cumin (optional)
  • 3/4 tbs salt
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tbs olive oil


  • Rinse the lentils, put them in a pot with just enough water to cover them, bring to a boil and cook for 20 minutes (stir occasionally).
  • Pour the lentils to a sieve, wait for them to cool down a little, and grind them in a food processor (or with a blender in a cup) until a consistent texture is formed.
  • Move to a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients, stir until a smooth spread is formed.
  • Keep in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Bon Appétit!

Further reading

Recipes for a Family Meal