Spiced-Up Hummus

The ginger, cumin, and cilantro in this recipe are anti-inflammatory, and the chickpeas are full of fiber. Toasted whole-grain pita is great for scooping up hummus.
Body+Soul, December/January 2007
  • Prep Time 15 minutes
  • Total Time 15 minutes
  • Yield Makes 3 cups
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  • 15 (1 can) 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.

Recipe Reviews

Reviews (12)

  • 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.

  • cmoaka 15 Aug, 2008

    What is the serving size and the dietary fiber content?

  • hollywoodgimp 11 Aug, 2008

    the fiber content is not listed . What is it?

  • cameraspoon 6 Dec, 2007

    super easy and delicious. definitely spiced up, but not spicy...