Red Pepper Hummus

We love the flavor red bell pepper brings to any food it is added to. I am always trying to find, create and make recipes with this vegetable. The family loves it. A couple years back we went to Disney World. We had dinner at a restaurant called Sanaa in the Animal Kingdom Lodge. There we ordered a platter of flatbread and were served red pepper hummus as one of the dips. We fell in love with the hummus and I wanted to recreate it at home.

I roasted the bell pepper and used it in my recipe for hummus. The result was tasty, fresh hummus. If you like red bell peppers and you like hummus then try this combo.

You will need
1 red bell pepper (small to medium)
1 cup garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
1 tbsp sesame seeds
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp. lime juice
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
1/2 tsp. paprika
salt to taste

Soak the bean overnight in water. Pressure cook the next day for 10 minutes. When depressurized remove the beans and let them cool. 

Wash and dry the red bell pepper. Stick a fork into it and place directly over the flame of your stove. Keep rotating the pepper as it is charred. When it turns black on all sides wrap in an aluminium foil and keep aside for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile roast the sesame seeds, cool and grind to a powder. Peel the garlic pods and roughly chop them. 

In a food processor combine the cooked beans, garlic, lime juice, sesame seeds and olive oil. Remove the pepper from the foil and rub gently to peel off the skin. Cut it open and remove the seeds. Chop coarsely and add it to the food processor. Grind to a fine paste. 

Roast the cumin seeds and pound to a powder. Mix in the cumin powder, paprika and salt to taste.



  1. I have once tried bell pepper in hummus and loved it so much. This red bell pepper version looks super inviting Varada..

  2. Roasted bell pepper has such a wonderful aroma , and makes a delicious hummus . Serving it with your home made breads must be a treat .

  3. Wow, roasted bellpepper hummus, whatelse we need, just love this sort of aromatic dip to have with some tortilla chips.

  4. I have been wanting to try this hummus but my girls don't like peppers. Maybe this will convert them... lovely recipe...

  5. Wow this sounds awesome Varada, I have not combined the peppers with chickpea must surely try it! I think this dip will be great with chips also right..too good!

  6. Red Pepper hummus looks good, nice variation from the regular hummus. Guess the roasted red bell pepper adds more flavor to the hummus

  7. It's in my to do list and a nice variation to the regular hummus.

  8. Roasted peppers always have a nice flavor and taste. Hummus looks delicious

  9. Super flavorful Hummus there. I am always a little skeptical about fire roasting veggies. But I love the flavor. Just need to gather courage and try fire roasting :)

  10. The taste of roasted peppers is simply awesome...Loved the way you have made this hummus

  11. Welcome back to BM Varada. Missed your posts, especially your beautiful bakes.
    Hummus with red pepper sounds absolutely delicious and love how pretty it looks.

  12. I make red bell pepper chutney and we love that as a side with Idli / dosa. This one will definitely be a hit when served with Roti!


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