Spicy Hummus

Hummus, an ancient Arabic appetizer, took the western world by storm a few decades ago and is also available in stores across India. Traditional hummus is nothing but the creamy blend of chickpeas & sesame seeds. Now there are different flavors of hummus available in the market to satisfy the ever growing demands of consumers across the world. Nevertheless, it is hard to find the hummus with local flavors, and I have tried spicy hummus with the burst of flavors that suit our palates.

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Spicy green hummus

We can prepare hummus just like our spicy chutney with commonly available ingredients. I have prepared red hummus using red chillies & red capsicum, and green hummus using green chillies and coriander leaves. These local ingredients not only add the appetizing bright color but also add the spicy flavor. Now the recipes for green hummus & red hummus are as below:

Spicy hummus recipes

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Spicy red hummus


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Red hummus ingredients
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200 grams of pressure cooked kabuli channa (chickpeas) 200 grams of pressure cooked kabuli channa (chickpeas)
5 Red chillies 4 Green chillies
2 cloves of garlic2 cloves of garlic
2 tsp of sesame oil2 tsp of sesame oil
1 Red capsicum A bundle of fresh coriander leaves (cilantro)*
1 tbsp of sesame seeds (ellu)
1/4 tsp of cumin seeds (jeera) 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder **
2 tbsp of olive oil2 tbsp of olive oil
1 tsp of salt3/4 tsp of salt
A squeeze of lemonA squeeze of lemon
Aquafaba (water used for cooking chickpeas) or plain water required to make the paste Aquafaba as needed

*We need to trim off the hard stems of the herbs, and use the leaves & tender stems only.

**Turmeric powder is used to brighten up the green color of coriander leaves.

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Green hummus ingredients

How to prepare chickpeas:

  • Soak chickpeas overnight.
  • Rinse them & drain the water.
  • Pressure cook them by adding turmeric powder (1/2 tsp) & water (in the ratio of 1:2) and simmer for 10 min. after reaching high pressure.
  • Spoon out the cooked chickpeas and pour the cooking water (aquafaba) into a jar.
  • Peel the skin of chickpeas (to make a smooth paste) when they are moist and keep aside.
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Preparing chickpeas

Spicy red hummus recipe

  • Heat a pan with sesame seeds, cumin seeds & red chillies.
  • Dry roast all them in medium flame and remove the pan from heat.
  • Spread them on a plate to cool down.
  • Again heat the same pan with sesame oil.
  • Add roughly chopped red capsicum and sautΓ© until soft & tender.
  • Remove the pan from heat.
  • Add toasted sesame seeds, cumin seeds & red chillies into mixer jar ang grind into a powder.
  • Then add sautΓ©ed capsicum & garlic and grind them without adding water.
  • Add chickpeas & salt to the jar and blend them nicely.
  • Finally, add Aquafaba, olive oil & lemon juice and blend until smooth & creamy.
  • Transfer red hummus to a bowl and garnish with finely chopped red capsicum, chickpeas & a dash of olive oil.
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Red Hummus recipe

Spicy green hummus recipe

  • Heat a pan with sesame oil on low flame.
  • Add turmeric powder and fry for 10 sec.
  • Then add coriander leaves, saute for a minute and remove from heat.
  • Grind the coriander leaves, green chillies, garlic cloves, cooked chickpeas & salt into a smooth paste.
  • And then add olive oil, Aquafaba & lemon juice and blend until creamy.
  • Transfer green hummus to a bowl and garnish with coriander leaves, a few chickpeas, a swirl of olive oil, and a sprinkle of red chilli powder.
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Green Hummus recipe

How to use spicy hummus:

(i) Dip (or chutney):

I have used hummus as a dip for vegetable sticks, chips, crackers, nachos, flatbreads, papdi (thattai), etc. It is a healthy savory snack or appetizer, and we can replace deep-fried snacks with these while watching TV.

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Healthy & hearty snacks

(ii) Bread toast:

We can use hummus as a spread and also add it into the filling.

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Pumpkin seeds bread toast

(iii) Grilled sandwich:

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Paneer sandwich using green hummus

(iv) Beetroot patty sandwich:

We can also add hummus into the patty dough for adding a delicious flavor.

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Sandwich with beetroot patties

(v) Burger:

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Burger with beetroot & chickpeas patty

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  1. Whoaaa, this recipe has my heart . I love hummus. Thanks for sharing this version of hummus, It looks delicious.

  2. Megala, more than me my daughter is very intresting in preparing all your delicious versions of Hummus. She is planning to try her had in cooking after her finals!!!

    1. I’m so happy to hear this, please say hi to her for me and convey my best wishes for her finals. πŸ™‚
      Thank you.

  3. I had only thought of hummus as a dip, not as a toasted sandwhich! Thanks for broadening my view of this yummy food, Megala πŸ™‚

    1. No, we can substitute it with sesame oil also, I used olive oil just for authentic flavor.
      Thank you so much.

      1. Yes olive oil is tasty. I had prepared once using that.I had a small bottle of olive oil. It finished then I was feeling lazy to buy only for this. I tried coconut oil but it was not good. I will try with Sesame oil. We use it to apply on the iron dosa tawa for dosas.

      1. I am doing good by the grace of God Megala ji. Hope you too are fine. And it’s always a pleasure Megala ji. Most of Your recipies are awesome and something worthwhile to try by ourselves. You rock …

  4. “You can not have me,” said the Spicy Hummus, smiling.
    “Oh, but I can!” I answered the voice in my head. “I will just sit here, look at Megala’s great post and imagine that my muesli is actually you!”
    “Err… are you quite well?”
    “Oh sure!” I answered brightly. “I have a very healthy imagination!” ?
    Dear Megala, my cousin is very smart: she married a man who serves the most delicious food for her!
    I … was less clever. πŸ˜‰ The guy I found cannot cook – but he does share my burning interest in the creative arts. πŸ™‚ So I guess that makes up for it – a little… πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰
    But if my dream (https://rainbowmusic.blog/i-have-a-dream/) should ever come true, then I know for sure where to look for fascinating, healthy and tasty recipes and advice! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Have a wonderful week, dear Megala, full of fun and happy moments!! ??

    1. Ahh! Now I could imagine how this spicy hummus face would have talked to you, it is really a delightful experience, thanks so much for taking me to your dream world. πŸ™‚
      I totally agree with you that it is a sheer bliss joining hands with creative people to “create a better world”. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
      Thanks again for a beautiful comment! Wishing you a great week filled with creative thoughts, creative people and joyous moments. πŸ™‚

      1. Dear Megala, indeed: your great comment have coloured all my day in bright hues of joy and smiles!! ?
        Have an inspired and beautiful week, my friend! ?β˜€οΈ

  5. Yeah. I do love hummus! I used to get Sabra at the market a lot. It seems that it is not difficult to make our own hummus! I am going to follow your recipe this weekend.
    Thank you, Megala!

    1. Yes, it is indeed easy to prepare, and is definitely delicious than store bought hummus.
      Have a wonderful weekend! πŸ™‚
      Thanks so much for reading & commenting.

    1. Yes, it is mainly to indicate that hummus is children’s favorite too. πŸ™‚ Thanks Kristen.

  6. Hummus is my favorite appetizer. Thanks for these new varieties of the hummus recipe. I should be making these soon – great and a creative idea

    1. We, Indians, feel that adding spice to any dish would make it more palatable, so I just tried with Indian spices.
      Nice to hear that you are making your own hummus. Hope you like to make it spicy next time. πŸ™‚
      Thank you.

  7. (EN) The creativity of your recipes is amazing! Thanks a lot for sharing, Megala ?
    (IT) La creativitΓ  delle tue ricette Γ© sorprendente! Grazie molte per la condivisione Megala ?

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