Spicy Pumpkin Hummus

Spicy pumpkin hummus

Hummus… oh that garlicky, lemony, velvety goodness. Yum yum yum!

With autumn almost over and another New Zealand winter just around the corner, I thought this would be a great chance to make something to warm us up and fill our bellies. This spicy pumpkin hummus can be served warm or cold and it is super easy to make.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 ½ cups pumpkin, cut into small chunks
  • ½  tbsp brown sugar or honey
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp ground chili or cayenne pepper (add more if you want more heat)
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • A couple of dashes of olive oil to coat the pumpkin
  • 400g can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tbsp tahini paste
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed

What to do:

  • Spicy pumpkin hummus ingredientsPreheat your oven to 180°C.
  • Put the first nine ingredients into a bowl and toss until combined.
  • Tip the pumpkin out onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  • Roast for 20-30 minutes, or until a knife slides into the pieces easily.
  • Allow the pumpkin to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Put the pumpkin and the remaining ingredients into a food processor. Pulse until smooth. I make my hummus quite thick so that I can dollop it onto crackers, but if it is too thick and is not mixing properly then add a dash of  water to get it going, and repeat this until you get the consistency that you want.
  • Spoon the hummus into a bowl and serve it warm with crackers (maybe some grainy beer crackers) or some crusty bread. I topped mine with crumbled feta and toasted pumpkin seeds, but the hummus is also delicious served as is.

This recipe uses raw crushed garlic and it packs a punch. Alternatively, put 3 or 4 garlic cloves in with the pumpkin to roast and use that instead of raw garlic.

You could easily substitute the pumpkin for other vegetables. Try this recipe with kumara, carrot, or parsnip and let me know how it goes.

A while ago I made this hummus using carrots and it was divine! Ah, carrots… the greatest vegetable ever. Note to self: blog more about carrots and how awesome they are.

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