Turmeric Hummus [Golden Hummus Recipe]

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Also known as “golden hummus”, this healthy homemade turmeric hummus offers classic flavors of the Mediterranean.

Turmeric is the secret ingredient with multiple health benefits. Turmeric adds beautiful color to any dish, so it’s pleasing to the body, AND the eyes!

A white bowl filled with Turmeric Hummus and garnished with chopped red peppers and onions.

What Is Hummus?

Hummus is a blended, creamy dip, snack, or spread made with chickpeas and tahini (sesame paste). It’s a popular Mediterranean dish that is commonly found in most grocery stores these days. Its creaminess makes it perfect for dipping all kinds of things. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free.  It has a nice serving of fiber and protein, and it’s even plant-based (vegan)!

Health Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric has an active compound called Curcumin. Curcumin offers many benefits to the human body such as possibly improving heart health. It has also been shown to potentially help fight against cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease. This is thanks in part to its anti-inflammatory properties. It is also full of antioxidants and has also been shown to potentially help with arthritis and even depression. (source)

A closeup shot of a white bowl filled with Turmeric Hummus. Copper measuring cups sit on the table behind the bowl.

About Tahini

Tahini is a simple seed butter made from sesame seeds. It is made in the same way peanut butter is made, but using sesame seeds. It’s delicious, and an important component of most hummus recipes.

What To Eat With Turmeric Hummus

Most foods that you can eat with regular hummus, can also be eaten with turmeric hummus. Fresh vegetables are a standard, but you can even spread this over your morning toast.

Best Vegetable To Eat With Hummus

  • Carrot sticks
  • Broccoli florets
  • Cauliflower florets
  • Grape or cherry tomatoes
  • Zucchini sticks
  • Bell pepper strips (any color)

Best Chips To Eat With Hummus

Best Crackers To Eat With Hummus

  • Whole grain crackers such as Ak Mak.
  • Gluten-free seed crackers such as Mary’s Gone Crackers
  • Homemade oat flour crackers.

About The Turmeric

This recipe goes heavy on turmeric. The flavor of it is very strong. If you aren’t sure if you’ll like that level of spice, cut it in half (or even quarters) and taste it before blending in the remaining spice.

Hummus Equipment

While this is doable in a blender, a blender will require working in batches and most likely doing a lot of scraping on the inside of the blender.

The far easier approach is to use a food processor. It will make quick work of this and it’s easy to add water to adjust the consistency of the finished hummus without stopping the processor.

Best Tip For Creamy Hummus

If you want regular hummus, then canned chickpeas are fine, as are chickpeas cooked to package directions on your stovetop.

However, if you really want truly creamy hummus, you’ll want to cook your own beans from dry beans and overcook them. Cook them until they are way too soft. When they are cooked this way, they are not great for things like salads, but they blend beautifully. So anything you want to blend them into will work great!

A white bowl filled with Turmeric Hummus and garnished with red peppers and onions.

How To Garnish Hummus

There are many extras you can garnish your hummus with. Here are some suggestions:

  • Olive oil
  • Minced red peppers
  • Minced red onion
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Minced red peppers
  • Cumin
  • Minced, fresh garlic
  • Extra ground turmeric
  • Minced or grated fresh ginger
  • A side of fresh lemons (quartered for easy squeezing)

Ingredient Checklist

15 oz. can chickpeas (aka, garbanzo beans) – Drained and rinsed. No sugar added. You can cook your own beans at home too if you prefer to cut down on the sodium levels.

1 cup tahini – No sugar added.

2 tbsp. lemon juice – You can use bottled or fresh lemon juice. Your choice.

2 tbsp. turmeric – Start with less and add more to taste. This is strong!

1 tbsp. garlic powder – Garlic granules work too.

1 tbsp. nutritional yeast

1 tsp. salt – I used pink Himalayan salt, but use whatever you normally use.

½ tsp. ground black pepper – While any black pepper will work, freshly ground is best to help your body absorb the curcumin.

water – As needed for consistency

How To Make Turmeric Hummus

All the Turmeric Hummus Recipe ingredients sitting in a food processor bowl.

Place all ingredients, except water, into a food processor.

Turmeric Hummus blending in a food processor.

Begin processing, and add water, a little at a time, until you reach your desired consistency.

Blended Turmeric Hummus sitting in the food processor bowl.

Stop once to scrape the sides of the bowl and adjust salt and seasonings.

Just finished and garnished Turmeric Hummus served in a white bowl.

Serve with any garnish you like.

How To Serve

Transfer the hummus to a serving bowl and set it on the table or on a tray with all the things you want to dip in it. Drizzle with a little olive oil and fresh herbs for garnish.

How To Store

Keep this in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Freezing Instructions

It’s often better to freeze hummus in smaller amounts so you can thaw just what you need each tie. Make sure it is packed well and stored in an airtight, freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 4 months.

Dry Bean Guides

If you want to cook your beans from dry, here are two guides on doing exactly that.

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A white bowl filled with Turmeric Hummus and garnished with chopped red peppers and onions.

Turmeric Hummus

This delicious dip is great with crackers, veggies, or on your morning toast!
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 239kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

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Equipment

  • 1 Food processor

Ingredients

  • 15 oz. can chickpeas (drained and rinsed. No sugar added)
  • 1 cup tahini (no sugar added)
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. turmeric (start with less and add more to taste. This is strong!)
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • water as needed for consistency

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients, except water, into a food processor.
    All the Turmeric Hummus Recipe ingredients sitting in a food processor bowl.
  • Begin processing, and add water, a little at a time, until you reach your desired consistency.
    Turmeric Hummus blending in a food processor.
  • Stop once to scrape the sides of the bowl and adjust salt and seasonings.
    Blended Turmeric Hummus sitting in the food processor bowl.
  • Serve with any garnish you like.
    Just finished and garnished Turmeric Hummus served in a white bowl.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 450mg | Potassium: 295mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 29IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 3mg
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