After being asked to create a recipe for a delicious dip to go with some wholegrain bites by the company Hoots, the first thing that came to mind was kidney beans. You may think this sounds crazy! But Dinners like nachos, tacos or fajitas all have ‘re-fried beans’ as a filling, and these, believe it or not are made from red kidney beans.
Hoots are a company who create oven baked crisp alternatives with no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives. Their campaign on ‘A delicious Multigrain Snack’ matches their products perfectly, and honestly, these vegan snack bags are brilliant! I have absolutely loved all the flavours, my favourite being salt and pepper, and my least favourite vegan bacon, but that’s not surprising as I don’t like bacon, luckily my sister does though! Check out their website for more details here .
To create my turmeric dip you will need the following ingredients:
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 can red kidney beans
- 1 tbsp tahini (optional)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Pinch of black pepper
- One clove of minced Garlic
- Boiling water
- 3 tbsp cold water
Cooking time: 10 minutes Preparation time: 5 minutes Total time: 15 Method:
- Over a sink, tip a can of kidney beans into a sieve and run them under the tap. I never used to understand why you couldn’t just use the liquid they are in, but it contains a thickening agent, which is probably better not to consume!
- Add the drained and rinsed beans to a small sauce pan with 3 tablespoons of water and bring to the boil
- Reduce to a very gentle simmer for 10 minutes, or until the beans are soft and easy to mush
- Using a potato masher, squash the red kidney beans to form a very sticky (and weird-looking) paste.
- In the pan, which is now off the heat, stir in the turmeric, cumin, salt, pepper and minced garlic
- To create your desired consistency, add splashes of boiling water from the kettle, a little at a time, stir thoroughly after each addition
- Finally, to create a great ‘smooth taste’ add in the tahini. Tahini is a sesame seed paste which is rather bitter on its own but creates gorgeously smooth dips among many things – I would highly recommend it! And transfer this into a bowl, ready to serve!
I hope you enjoy this recipe if you have a go, and if you do let me know, on Instagram @laura_elfes , Twitter @courgettiblog or Facebook @courgettiblog or use the hashtag #courgettiblogetti . Thank you for reading and have a nice day!