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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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


  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.