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Health-Food Blogger Shefali Batra Shares 4 Nutritious Hummus Recipes

Epicurean, home chef and blogger Shefali Batra a.k.a. ‘Hoppingontoes’ shares four delicious hummus recipes.

An accomplished culinaire and a supremely successful food blogger, Shefali Batra is well-known for the beautiful food stories and educational posts on her Instagram account @Hoppingontoes. But few know that her own food story was born out of health issues, and nutrition is not just a passion but a calling for her.

Born in Saharanpur, Shefali did her schooling from Dehradun. “Being born in a typical Punjabi family, cooking was a skill I inherited from my mother. Back then it was as if women were born to cook in the house. I have been cooking ever since I can remember,” she narrates.

Winner of various culinary awards and cooking contests, Shefali adds, “I believe that cooking is love made edible and when you cook with all your heart and soul, the dish always turns out good. Chanting a mantra while cooking as taught by my gurus always helps me feel that my food has been blessed. It provides food not just for the stomach but for the soul too.”

Shefali also favours “uncooking” now, which means including lots of raw foods in the diet. “Striking a balance of cooked food and raw foods in your diet is the key to an optimum healthy body and soul,” says the Delhi-based mother of a 20-year-old son.

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Shefali Batra

This realisation dawned on after suffering from sinusitis, weight issues, allergies and more. “I was tired of being on prescription medicines for years – they did not offer me permanent relief. By chance, I attended a workshop on healing by natural foods and there was no looking back,” she recalls.

Switching to a natural diet helped Shefali get rid of all health problems within months. She began researching the subject, and realised that just by making simple dietary changes, one could get permanent relief from most common ailments. Soon, she started helping friends and family who achieved amazing results. Then, she began conducting workshops helping people create healthy eating habits.

With no formal training, she became a self-taught baker, chocolatier and a home chef. Her blog came along two years ago, as a way for Shefali to help others benefit from her knowledge too. She posts easy healthy recipes, restaurant and brand reviews, and details of the workshops she conducts.

Here, she shares four fantastic hummus recipes that abound in nutrition and taste.

 

GREEN PEA AND MINT HUMMUS

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Green pea and mint hummus

Ingredients:
1/4 cup boiled green peas
1/2 cup boiled chickpeas
1/4 cup aquafaba (water from boiled chickpeas )
A handful of fresh mint leaves
1 tbsp tahini paste (sesame seed paste)
1 tbsp lemon juice
3-4 cloves garlic
Salt to taste
1/4 tsp zatar powder
2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions:
1. Put all the above ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth. 2. If needed, add more aquafaba to make a smooth paste.
3. Take the mixture out in a bowl.
4. Cool the mixture in refrigerator.
5. Serve as a topping on your toasts or with crisps of your choice.

 

BEETROOT HUMMUS

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Beetroot hummus

Ingredients:
1 roasted or steamed beetroot
1 cup boiled chickpeas
1/4 cup aquafaba (water from boiled chickpeas)
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp tahini paste
3-4 cloves of garlic
Salt to taste
Crushed black pepper to taste
2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions:
1. Add all the above ingredients in a blender except the crushed black pepper.
2. Once well blended to a smooth paste, transfer to a bowl. Cool in refrigerator.
3. Before serving, garnish with crushed black pepper and seeds or garnishes of your choice.
4. Pipe onto cucumbers or serve with julienned vegetables, pita or chips of your choice.

 

ROASTED PUMPKIN AND TURMERIC HUMMUS

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Roasted pumpkin and turmeric hummus

Ingredients:
100 gm pumpkin
1 cup boiled chickpeas
1/4 curd
2 tbsp tahini
1 tbsp lemon juice
Salt to taste
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp roasted cumin (zeera) powder
2 tbsp olive oil
Paprika for sprinkling

Instructions:
1. Roast the pumpkin in the oven or a pan till soft.
2. Add all ingredients together in a blender and blend till smooth.
3. Transfer to a bowl, chill it and sprinkle with paprika, cumin powder and more olive oil.
4. Serve with warm pita bread.

 

CRANBERRY HUMMUS

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Cranberry hummus

Ingredients:
1 cup boil chickpeas
2 tbsp soaked cranberries
1 lemon’s juice
5-6 garlic chopped
1 tbsp tahini
1 tbsp extra virgin
olive oil
2 tbsp water
Salt to taste
A little paprika for dusting

Instructions:
1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend together.
2. Pour out in a bowl and garnish with cranberries and dust with paprika.
3. Serve with pita or chips.

First published in eShe’s August 2019 issue

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