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Turmeric hummus


Now that Christmas and New Year are gone is time for healthier food. So I will start with my favorite Arabic recipe: hummus. It takes only 10 min to prepare it and is great. I added a few ingredients for a special hummus.


-2 cups canned chickpeas, drained, liquid reserved

– 6 chopped garlic cloves

– 1 tablespoon salt

– 1/3 cup tahini (sesame paste)

– Juice from 2 lemons

– 5 tablespoons olive oil

– 2 tablespoons water or liquid from the chickpeas

– 1 tablespoon turmeric

– ½ teaspoon cinnamon

In a blender add the garlic, chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, salt, olive oil, turmeric, cinnamon and water. Blend until creamy and well mixed. Taste, for seasoning, and serve chilled or at room temperature with pita bread. I served the hummus on slices of cucumbers.

For a spicier hummus, add a sliced red chili or a dash of cayenne pepper.

Hummus can be refrigerated for up to 3 days and can be kept in the freezer for up to one month. Add a little olive oil if it appears to be too dry.



32 thoughts on “Turmeric hummus

  1. I love the idea of adding turmeric to hummus!! I will have to try that. Do you drink coffee? Several months ago I had some dark chocolate that had chili and I think cinnamon added to it. I’ve been trying to get rid of a horrible cold for days now. When I brewed the coffee this morning I added cinnamon and chili powder to the ground coffee. 🙂 The coffee has a delicious back bite/heat that tastes great and makes me think that it is fighting the congestion! I wonder if turmeric would work in coffee? Turmeric is another of the natural immune system boosters.

    1. The chili chocolate sound like that from the movie Chocolat starring Juliette Binoche. check it out if you have not seen it. I tried the mix myself and really liked it. FYI when I was in college over 60 years ago used to be a cook in the resorts of the Adirondack Mountains in NY.

      1. I did not see the movie but I read the book Chocolat and loved it! The chocolate I’m remembering was something I found in the cafeteria at work, odd as that might be. They often rotate new tidbits through there. I know it was chocolate and chili (or cayenne pepper) plus one other flavor. It was sensational. I looked it up online (the brand) and discovered it was sensationally priced as well. At the time I couldn’t really afford to indulge my chocolate habit to that extant so I had to pass. But now that we’re discussing it again I’ll see if I can find it via a search.

      2. Hah! Found it. That wasn’t too hard. It was Chuao Spicy Maya chocolate: “seductive cinnamon, pasilla chile and warming cayenne bedded in dark chocolate”. seductive and delicious.

  2. You have a very classy site — with great info.
    Have a great New Year … Emiel aka Emiliano aka “ole guy”

  3. Drats! I so much love to cheat when cooking. It is one of my few remaining vices.
    That said, you have my idea hamster working. Could bubble gum flavor work?

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