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Serves 4
Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 40-45 minutes

This pureed bean paste is similar to hummus, but is made with yellow split peas. It is a Greek dish, served as a dip as part of a meze (a selection of little appetizers).

  • 50 g (2 oz) yellow split peas, rinsed

  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 0.5 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 0.5 teaspoon mustard powder

  • pinch of cayenne pepper

  • salt and pepper

To Garnish:

  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

  • pinch of cayenne pepper

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

To Serve:

  • prepared raw vegetables warm pitta bread

  1. Put the split peas in a saucepan and add enough cold water to cover the peas by about 2.5 cm (1 inch). Bring to the boil and simmer over a low heat, stirring frequently, for 30-35 minutes until all the water is absorbed and the peas are cooked. Leave to cool slightly.

  2. Place the peas in a liquidizer with all the remaining ingredients, season with salt and pepper to taste, and process until smooth, adding 2-3 tablespoons of boiling water if the mixture is too thick.

  3. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with the parsley and cayenne. Drizzle with olive oil. Serve with a selection of prepared raw vegetables and warm pitta bread for clipping.

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