There is this one thai style dressing that I just love: spicy peanut. It’s so good, that I sometimes don’t even put it on salad. Even dipping fresh spring rolls in it doesn’t work for me. I need it pure. Straight out of the bottle into my mouth. That much I love this dressing. And because of that I thought, why not having it as a Hummus! So I can just eat it for dinner without feeling weird. And it turned out to be the best idea EVER!
I have to admit, before living in Thailand I was never a big fan of spicy food. Usually I burn my tongue with the first bite and that’s it. For the rest of the meal I can’t taste anything anymore and I become like a pissed off teenager. But if you cook for other people and you want them to be happy things change. So I tried my way through chillies and curries and was soon able to distinguish between them. And finally as it is with many things in life, I started appreciating and loving it — especially in combination with peanuts! But still, choose your spicy ingredient wisely because it’s the heart of your dish.
For the “Spicy Peanut Hummus” I use red curry paste. I like how the spiciness comes along after you already tasted the peanut butter and hummus and then brings all flavors together once more. It is like a little surprise at the end of your bite, not dominant but necessary for the ultimate mouthgasm.
Recipe: Spicy Peanut Hummus
1-3 tablespoons red curry paste
1 tablespoons juice of fresh lemon or lime