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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Pita Wedges with Green Almond Hash and Hummus


Tender ,green and fuzzy ,these tangy morsels ,is how the amazing almonds start off.Exclusive to the spring season,green almonds are considered a rare delicacy for its short lifespan and incredibly succulent flavor.The tender spring fruit,has a soft white almond core,is completely edible,while the green almonds harvested in late summer have harder shell,with a more firm and brown almond in the core.Originating from Middle East and Mediterranean,these are also grown in California and can easily be spotted in Middle Eastern and other specialty stores,at an affordable price.


The grape-sized green almonds with a sprinkle of salt makes an enjoyable tart snack.Or makes a wholesome addition in stews and pasta.The grated or shaved green almonds can be tossed in salad or used as garnish.

These strikingly attractive appetizers , made with crunchy baked whole grain pita wedges slathered with creamy hummus and garnished with finely shred green almonds, red cabbage and fresh herbs,is one another simple and pleasing way to savor the spring delicacy.

Ingredients
For Pita wedges
2 large or 3 medium whole grain pita bread
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon hot chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

For Green Almond Hash
1 cup tender green almonds,rinsed
1 tablespoon lemon juice,freshly squeezed.
pinch of salt

1 cup home made hummus

1/4 cup of other vegetables like carrots or red cabbage,finely shred
few leaves of fresh herbs(I use tender fenugreek leaves)

Method
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
Using a chef's knife cut each pita in to 2 halves. Cut each half in 4 or 8 triangles each,depending how big you like the wedges. Lay the triangles on a cookie sheet.
Combine Olive oil and spices in a bowl. Brush the mixture over each of the cut pita.
Now bake for about 7-8 minutes until lightly browned and crispy.Keep a close eye as these can burn easily.Cool for rack for a minute before spreading hummus.

While the pita wedges cool,prepare the green almond hash.Snap off the step part of the almonds.Process in a blender or food processor along with salt and lemon juice until finely chopped.

To assemble the wedges,spread about a tablespoon of hummus over,then sprinkle the green almond hash all around ,then finally sprinkle other shred vegetable and some fresh herbs and serve.

The recipe is my entry for Weekend Herb Blogging #229 ,hosted this week by Katie of Eat this

26 comments:

Deepa said...

hey the clicks here look so great..nice color..something new to me..

sangeeta said...

such a creamy hummus on crisp looking pita bread and i loved this green almond hash over it .
i usually eat them as a snack or in a salad ...i remember plucking green almonds direct from a tree n snacking on them ....several years back , in Gujrat.

VineelaSiva said...

Wow yasmeen this dish new to me.This is the first time i am seeing the green almonds.Wr do we get this.

Meena said...

WHAT AN EYE-CATCHING SPREAD!!! Healthy too...

Joanne said...

I've never seen green almonds before but after looking at this recipe I really want to try them! Great recipe with the homemade hummus. And thanks so much for the Maranatha coupons! I'll be sure to send you my info!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Oh, so pretty and spring-like! That is a terrific combination!

Cheers,

Rosa

Ann said...

Lovely pictures sounds totally new to me.

5 Star Foodie said...

What a beautiful delicious snack! I've never seen green almonds before!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Hi Yasmeen

This is a new dish . Looks very healthy and tasty. We here do not get green almonds. can zI replace it with regular ones ?
Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Ivy said...

OMG you are killing me Yasmeen. I haven't eaten green almonds for decades and enjoyed them so much by just adding some salt on each bite. Your idea of making them into hummus sounds very exceptional.

Dershana said...

beautiful pictures, yasmeen. at my parents' place there is an almond tree that produces nuts in profusion every year. no one at home bothers to collect them. if i'd seen this recipe then i surely would've though :-)

Cynthia said...

I've never seen green almonds before. Thanks Yasmeen.

Soma said...

This sounds fabulous! I have never seen these before. so beautiful.

notyet100 said...

u always come up with such exotic recipes,..

Katie said...

I love this idea, and now I'm anxious to try green almonds. Thanks for submitting to WHB!

RV said...

Love the purple cabbage on top. It makes this dish extra delicious and attractive

Dr. Josh Axe said...

I love this unique take on hummus! With such great vitamins, protein, and antioxidants in almonds, combined with regular hummus...eating this is a no brainer!

Muneeba said...

These are new to me, Yasmeen ... I'll try looking for them at my desi store. Beautiful little darlings though, aren't they??

Veggie Belly said...

How unique! Ive never seen green almonds before..so pretty!

Organic said...

Lovely appetizers.I've heard of green almonds.Not sure were to find them.Middle eastern stores are not were in site near were I live.

Jamie said...

Fantastic colors...I'd go head over heals for such lovely appetizers.

Pavithra said...

This is so good and by the way where can u get the green almond here ?.. looks fantastic.

Curry Leaf said...

Exotic combo Yasmeen.Never seen green almonds in these areas.

Yasmeen said...

Thank you all :D
Green almonds are exclusive to middle eastern stores but some specialty stores also carry them during this time of the year.

meeso said...

Your food is always so colorful and healthy, looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

Such contrasting colors!

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