Hummus made from 9 different variety of beans and lentils. A very healthy dose of protein and fiber for you, your baby and your family.
Hello, everyone. 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. I got this gem on one of my trips to our local Indian grocery store. 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.
For my first try, I made this Mixed Beans Hummus. A very simple recipe, which is good for babies from 8 months and above. I have used little garlic to flavor this hummus along with cilantro leaves. The main ingredient which a hummus usually has is Tahini, but I have skipped this in the recipe. Because at this early ages, babies might get an allergic reaction to sesame seeds. But if you are making this for older kids and grown-ups you can very much add some Tahini to it.
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 fiber. 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 appetizer for the upcoming holiday season.
Until next time, see you all soon.
- ½ cup mixed beans (presoaked and cooked)
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tsp cilantro leaves
- A dash of roasted cumin powder
- A dash of black pepper
- ½ tsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp olive oil
- Salt (as required, skip it if making this for babies)
- Presoak 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.
Talk to your baby’s Pediatrician before starting any new food.
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