Spiced Red Pepper Houmous With Homemade Naan Bread
For the past couple of months I have been testing out the new Tefal Cuisine Companion, a rather snazzy kitchen appliance that can be used for all manner of cooking activities. From slow cooking to kneading bread, it chops, mixes, steams, blends and more. The idea is to have a one-stop shop for all your cooking needs in just one place on your kitchen counter.
I have to admit to being sceptical at first but having spent a bit of time using the Tefal Cuisine Companion I have to say I am rather impressed.
First of all, the front of the machine is like a spaceship with loads of different programs and settings. There are pre-set programs that work out the exact temperature, time and speed of attachment for any particular dish. For example, if you want to make soup you can work through the programmes as you add the ingredients for a one-pot soup.
Alternatively you can freestyle it with your own settings for any other cooking needs.
My favourite part of the machine is the ultrablade – it is SUPER sharp. Deffo one to keep on a top shelf away from kiddies and pets. However, as a cook I love that it slices and dices in mere seconds. Probably the most effective slicer/chopper I’ve used.
My least favourite part, which I’ve found with most of these multi-cooker machines, is that you do need to be relatively present for the chopping and stirring functions in order to periodically take the lid of and use a spatula to push down any mixture that creeps up the sides.
That being said, for the most part the Tefal Cuisine Companion has been super fun and useful in our kitchen. I feel like we’ve only just got going with trying out meals with this. It’s going to be a perfect time-saving device that will help us stay away from the takeaways and keep making our own home-cooked meals on those super busy and stressful mid-week dinner times.
Right, to the recipes! I have shared TWO recipes today that I made using the Tefal Cuisine Companion. There is a rather comprehensive recipe book that comes with the machine. The naan bread recipe is an adaptation from that book. The red pepper houmous is inspired by some of my faves, The Hairy Bikers.
The first recipe I’m sharing here is for a spiced roasted red pepper houmous. Have you ever made houmous before? It’s actually pretty easy, tastes miles better than the shop-bought stuff and you can freestyle with your favourite flavours.
The base is still chickpeas but instead of tahini I’ve roasted up some red peppers under the grill to get them soft and tasty. I also add a few spices, lemon zest, garlic, fresh chilli and garnish with fresh coriander. These are all my favourites flavours.
There’s also very little oil or fat with this recipe making it super healthy and lower on calories.
My spiced red pepper houmous recipe is going to be one of my summer staples this year. I can see it going down well at barbeques and picnics!
The next recipe is the plain naan bread. They kinda look like pitta breads as we made them as one portion per person. It was, surprisingly, our first time making naan bread. We usually make rotli in our household. However, as Raj is a huge bread fan and we wanted something to dip in the red pepper houmous, we adapted this recipe from the Tefal Cuisine Companion book.
With the machine it takes around a minute to knead using the special attachment, then you simply divide up the sticky dough, flatten, fold and shape before dry frying in a non-stick frying pan for a couple of minutes. Fresh naan bread in about 15 minutes! That’s so much quicker than calling up the local curry house.
Spiced Red Pepper Houmous (serves up to 8)
2 large Red Peppers
1/2 Small Onion
1tbsp Olive Oil
1tsp Ground Cumin
1tsp Ground Coriander
2 Garlic Cloves, peeled
1 medium-sized Red Chilli, deseeded
400g can of Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
zest of 1 Lemon
1-2 tsp of Salt
1/4 tsp Garam Masala (optional)
Fresh Coriander, roughly torn (optional)
Slice the red peppers in half, deseed and place skin-side up on a baking tray. Place under the grill on a high heat for about 10 minutes, or until the skin is charred. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Meanwhile in the Tefal Cuisine Companion use the ultra blade fitting to finely chop the onion. Scrape down the sides, and swap the blade for the stirring attachment. Now set to the P1 of Slow Cook setting and begin to fry the onion with a drizzle of olive oil along with the ground cumin and coriander. Scrap down the sides again with your spatula. Fry for longer if necessary until onion is soft.
Allow the onions to cool a little whilst you remove the charred skins from the peppers, they should just peel off.
Change the attachment back to the ultra blade as we will now be just food processing from here on.
Add the peppers, garlic and chilli to the onion mixture and whizz in the Tefal Cuisine Companion (or a food processor) on a medium setting for a few minutes or so until finely chopped.
Now add the chickpeas, lemon zest and salt to the mixture and whizz for a few more minutes. You might need to stop and scrap down the edges for any of the mixture that gets pushed up.
Once the mixture is a dip texture, add the garam masala (if using) and turn up the machine to 12 (fastest setting) and blitzed until super smooth. Taste for seasoning and add more salt if needed.
Pop the mixture into a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Serve garnished with torn fresh coriander.
Plain Naan Bread (makes 6)
300g Strong White Bread Flour
11g Dried Yeast
1tbsp Vegetable Oil
125g Plain Natural Yoghurt
Pinch of Salt
Fit the Tefal Cuisine Companion with the kneading/grinding attachment and add all of the ingredients into the bowl. Use the P1 pastry program for 1 minute. (Alternatively, combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix/knead until doughy.
Divide the mixture into 6 evenly-sized balls. On a lightly floured surface flatten each ball with your hands until about 0.5cm thick, then fold one half over the other. Flatten again before folding over again. Shape as desired.
Pre-heat a large non-stick frying pan on a very high heat. Dry fry the naan bread for around 2-3 minutes on each side, or until lightly golden.
Hope you enjoy my Spiced Red Pepper Houmous with Homemade Naan Bread!
The Tefal Cuisine Companion is available at John Lewis.