Turmeric Hummus: Possibly the Healthiest (and tastiest) Hummus!

If only medicine could come from purely natural ingredients and taste like rich, creamy hummus…Oh wait, it can!

We are all familiar with turmeric as one of the most standard spices in Indian cuisine, but did you know that it has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine to promote a whole range of health benefits? It stimulates digestion, boosts the immune system, detoxifies the liver, and may even be effective at fending off cancer and depression. When paired with black pepper to help the body absorb curcumin (the main active ingredient in turmeric), it is also has powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

Plus, it’s just delicious.

Knowing all this, I’m always looking for different ways to incorporate turmeric into my diet, and here’s a great one! Chickpeas are already quite the superfood, with their high levels of iron, protein and fibre, but combined with turmeric, this hummus is incredibly good for you.

I already had a batch of my homemade hummus in the fridge, so all I did was mix some turmeric power and a bit of black pepper into it.

But, just in case you want to make everything from scratch, here’s the whole recipe below.

  • 500 grams of dry chickpeas (soaked overnight, then left to simmer until soft)
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 large cloves of garlic
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • crushed chili peppers
  • turmeric (I just kept adding it in and mixing until everything was a rich yellow colour)
  • black pepper

Everything just goes straight into the blender, and that’s all there is to it! For a bit of added flavour, some paprika or cumin also gives it an extra kick.

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28 thoughts on “Turmeric Hummus: Possibly the Healthiest (and tastiest) Hummus!

    1. Thank you! That’s initially what attracted me to the idea as well…that gorgeous yellow color! But, it turns out that it tastes as good as it looks haha. Bonus! 😛

    1. Yes, it really is quite flavorful! The addition of turmeric completely transforms the hummus. It’s almost like an entirely different dish altogether. i had it for dinner on pita bread, with a mixed salad of tomato, cucumbers, onion, and fenugreek sprouts, So delicious! I’d love to hear what you think of it. 🙂

  1. Turmeric is so unique and super healthy. Really love its color and taste! Thanks for sharing this colorful recipe. What a great idea to add turmeric. I haven’t thought of that 🙂

    1. Thanks! I’m really glad that you like this idea! After recently hearing about all the health benefits of turmeric, I bought a big bag of it and am enjoying incorporating it into all sorts of rice, lentil and bean dishes. Such a versatile and delicious spice! I’m totally hooked haha 😀

      1. Haha I know what you mean. I’m all about spices and they all have so many positive effects. I will try your recipe very soon 😉

      2. For sure! Spices are delicious and insanely healthy…what could be better? If you like turmeric, I think you’ll like this hummus a lot! 🙂

    1. Isn’t it? I love trying out different combinations of flavours in my hummus, and the gorgeous colours that often result are a really fun bonus! 🙂

      1. I think I have paid so much more attention to the colours of foods since turning veggie (ages back), then vegan (a couple of years ago). I think probably because the veg becomes the main feature 🙂

      2. That’s a good point! I feel like in a lot of meat and fish dishes, the veggies are just the garnish that get pushed to the side. Dishes where the veg is the main centrepiece are so much more colourful!

      1. I have a family member who suffered with chronic back pain, and after recently consuming turmeric on a daily basis, its powerful anti-inflammatory properties seem to have kicked in, and her back pain is gone! I was very excited to hear it. 😀

      2. It took about two months of having it in a couple meals each day. For example, turmeric hummus, turmeric daal, or pulao with turmeric. Fenugreek is also anti-inflammatory. Fenugreek curry and sprouted fenugreek salads are another thing that I’ve been enjoying almost every day. Delicious medicine! 😀

    1. Thanks! It’s the perfect combination. Lately I’ve been experimenting with adding in a few other spices such as cumin. They all work wonderfully together.

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