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Red Lentil Hummus

What you need: 

1 cup red lentils
1 1/2 cups cold water
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons other oil (ie flax, hemp)
1/4 cup lemon juice (juice of about 1/2 a lemon)
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt

What you do: 

Place lentils and water in a pot and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 12-15 minutes. (I usually let it simmer a few extra minutes to make a smoother dip.)
Once the lentils are done, add all other ingredients and mix together. In a food processor, blend everything together till smooth.
I don't usually have flax or hemp oil on hand but using all olive oil or canola or the like turns out just fine. =) This is really good with party crackers or on toast.

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With the cooking time and amount of water, the lentils didn't get cooked, just more softened. The end result was something very close to hummus, with only a little bit of that sprout/raw bean taste. The seasonings were pretty spot-on. I think it needs more liquid as it is blended, though, but that's easily fixed.

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