Spicy Hummus

Hummus, an ancient Arabic appetizer, is now available in every supermarket around the globe as it took the western world by storm a few decades ago. Traditional hummus is nothing but the creamy blend of chickpeas paste & sesame paste. Now there are different flavors of hummus available in the market to satisfy the ever growing demands of consumers across the world. Sabra is the most popular American brand for dips/ spreads namely Mediterranean hummus & Mexican guacamole. Wingreens is one of the few Indian brands selling hummus and they all like to sell the “original” hummus only.

Unfortunately there is no Indian brand for hummus with Indian flavors, so I have tried spicy green hummus & red hummus that suit our palates.

Spicy green hummus

Hummus can be prepared just like our usual chutney with commonly available ingredients. I have prepared red hummus using red chillies & red capsicum, and green hummus using green chillies and coriander leaves as they not only add bright color to hummus but also add tantalizing fragrances. Now the recipes are as below:

Spicy red hummus


Red hummus ingredients
red hummusGreen hummus
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, and use the leaves & tender stems only.

**Turmeric powder is used to enhance the green color of coriander leaves

Green hummus ingredients

Instructions for cooking chickpeas:

  • Rinse & soak chickpeas overnight.
  • Rinse them again & drain the water.
  • Pressure cook them by adding turmeric powder (1/2 tsp) and 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.

Hummus preparation:

Red Hummus

1Heat a pan in medium flame.
Add sesame seeds, cumin seeds & red chillies into the pan.
Remove them from pan when sesame seeds are toasted.
Spread them on a plate to cool down.
2Heat the same pan with sesame oil.
Add roughly chopped red capsicum and saute until soft & tender.
3 Add toasted sesame seeds, cumin seeds & red chillies into a mixer jar and grind into a powder.
Add sauteed capsicum & garlic and grind until pureed.
Add chickpeas & salt and grind until combined.
Add aquafaba, olive oil & lemon juice and blend until smooth & creamy.
4Transfer to a bowl and garnish with finely chopped red capsicum, chickpeas & olive oil.

Green Hummus

1Heat a pan with sesame oil in low flame.
Add turmeric powder and fry for 10 sec.
Add coriander leaves, saute for a minute and remove from heat.
2Add coriander leaves, green chillies & garlic cloves into a mixer jar and pulse for few seconds.
Add chickpeas & salt and blitz until nicely ground.
Add olive oil, aquafaba & lemon juice and blend until creamy.
3Transfer to a bowl and garnish with coriander leaves, a few chickpeas, a swirl of olive oil, and a sprinkle of red chilli powder.

How to use hummus:

(i) Dip:

We can use spicy hummus as a dip for vegetable sticks, chips, crackers, nachos, flatbreads, papdi (thattai), etc. and the same can be packed as snacks for children. This may also be considered as a healthy savory snack for watching TV or movie.

(ii) Bread toast:

Pumpkin seeds bread toast
Hummus used as a spread and also added into the filling.

(iii) Grilled sandwich:

Paneer sandwich
Hummus used as a spread and also added into the filling.

(iv) Beetroot patty sandwich:

Sandwich with beetroot patties
Humus used as a spread and also added into the patty dough.

(v) Burger:

Burger with beetroot & chickpeas patty
Humus used as a spread and also added into the patty dough.

100 Comments Add yours

  1. Lakshmi Bhat says:

    Is olive oil a must for hummus?

    1. Megala says:

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

      1. Lakshmi Bhat says:

        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.

  2. Who-hoo! πŸŒΏπŸŒ±πŸƒ

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you! πŸ™‚

  3. Wow! This seems to be so informative πŸ™‚

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you.

  4. Wow Megala hi, this is awesome. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe for hummus…

    1. Megala says:

      Hi, how are you? Hope you are doing well. Thanks much, Anamika.

      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 …

  5. Incredibly delicious and 2 recipes makes it all worth it. Totally loved the recipe and the ideas to use them. Home made is the best.

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks so much, Vidya!

  6. Megala you made me so hungry now!
    I love hummus and I like both your versions! Super delicious!

    1. Megala says:

      Hahaha! Thanks Ribana! πŸ™‚

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks! πŸ™‚

  7. We love hummus !! Thanks for sharing !! Looks delicious !!

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you!

  8. da-AL says:

    Wonderful – but the face is too cute to eat πŸ™‚

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, I also felt the same. πŸ™‚ Thank you.

  9. “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!” πŸ˜‹

    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!! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–

    1. Megala says:

      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! πŸŒΌβ˜€οΈ

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