Spiced-Up Hummus

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
Makes 3 cups (1/3 cup per serving)

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


  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained, reserving ¼ cup of the liquid

  • ¼ cup tahini (sesame paste)

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon ground star anise (optional)

  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ 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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