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Spiced-Up Hummus


Chickpeas are full of fiber. Toasted whole-grain pita is great for scooping up hummus.

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  • Yield: Makes 3 cups (1/3 cup per serving)

Source: Body+Soul, January/February 2007


  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained, reserving 1/4 cup of the liquid
  • 1/4 cup tahini (sesame paste)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground star anise (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped, plus whole leaves for garnish (optional)
  • 1 plum tomato, peeled, seeded, and very finely chopped
  • 2 scallions, very thinly sliced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper


  1. In a food processor, combine beans and reserved bean liquid, tahini, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon oil, garlic, star anise (if using), ginger, and cumin; puree until smooth.

  2. Transfer to a serving bowl and stir in cilantro, tomato, and scallions; season with salt and pepper. Drizzle remaining 2 tablespoons oil over the top of the hummus. Before serving, garnish with cilantro leaves, if desired.

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  • MaryRichardsMrGrant
    1 AUG, 2015
    Love this recipe. I doubled the amount of ginger, anise and cumin - my guests gave me rave reviews.
  • Ptrisha
    19 AUG, 2011
    Looks good, but how many servings are in it for the calorie count?
  • sherrymicer717
    2 JUL, 2011
    Wow! Very tasty. We eat hummus a lot around here. This tastes like the Lebanese restauraunt we have here in Michigan City, Indiana.
  • pmk
    4 APR, 2011
    The days of blithely and blindly eating whatever we want are gone – even for people in *perfect* health. We know so much more about food and its impact now. (Sorry for repeat - site cuts off ampersands apparently)
  • pmk
    4 APR, 2011
    The days of blithely
  • pmk
    4 APR, 2011
    @Redwine707 - Nutritional info is *useless* w/out a serving size - basic recipe info - to peg it to. Figuring out the nutritional info of a multi-food dish is tougher than you think. For some, i.e. diabetics, it's critical data. I spend a lot of time "figuring it out for (my)self," but I expect more of an assist from a site like this. The days of blithely
  • Redwine707
    2 FEB, 2011
    Why is everybody so worried about the calories, fiber etc on this site? Figure it out for yourself or keep lacking common sense.
  • mariekoran
    3 APR, 2010
    Also, for finding fiber content, just check the cans of the ingredients youre using. And there are charts online that tell the fiber content of produce, like the tomatoes . It wouldn't be hard to figure out yourself, then the same chart and method could be reused to figure out Nut. info of recipes you make up.
  • BernMarie
    4 JAN, 2009
    This hummus is Very tasty and easy to make. Absolutely love it!
  • scotrjohn
    11 SEP, 2008
    I looked at the Lemon-Garlic Hummus recipe and it listed the serving size as a 1/4 cup with 2 grams of fiber. This must be approximately the same as that recipe.