Spicy Indian-style hummus

Spicy Indian-style hummus

Garlic, fresh ginger, garam masala and turmeric add a spicy flair of flavors to this Indian-style hummus recipe. Once you see how easy it is to make your own fresh hummus with canned chickpeas and yogurt, you'll never go back to store-bought! Serve this spicy chickpea dip with assorted vegetables for a healthy alternative to chips and dip.

Yield: 3 cups
Nutrition facts: Per ¼ cup serving: 68 calories, 1.8 g fat, 10 g carbohydrates (1.8 g fiber), 3 g protein, 341 mg sodium

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Ingredients

1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
1 piece fresh ginger (1½ in.), peeled and thinly sliced (1 Tbsp.)
2 scallions, thinly sliced
¾ tsp. garam masala or mild curry powder
½ tsp. turmeric
½ tsp. salt
2 cans (15 oz. each) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
6 oz. plain low-fat yogurt
2 tsp. lemon juice

Directions

  1. In small skillet, heat olive oil over low heat. Add garlic, ginger slices and scallions, and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until scallions have wilted, about 2 minutes. Add garam masala (or curry powder), turmeric and salt, and stir to coat.
  2. Transfer ginger-garlic mixture to food processor, along with chickpeas, yogurt and lemon juice. Process chickpeas to smooth puree, about 1 minute. Serve with assorted cut-up vegetables, such as orange and yellow bell peppers, fresh fennel, endive, celery and carrots.

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