This turmeric hummus infuses creamy hummus with the healthy immune-boosting benefits of turmeric for a delicious 'golden' dip! Plus, this recipe uses just a few ingredients and is dairy-free, gluten-free, and oil-free!
You can follow this process to prepare chickpeas from dried. The basic steps include soaking them for 8 hours, then straining, rinsing, and then boiling until tender (35-40 minutes). You can also freeze them in batches so that you can have some ready when needed.
If you're using tinned chickpeas, then you don't have to do any prep. Although, if you want super creamy results, you cook the chickpeas with 1/2 tsp baking soda for 15-20 minutes until the chickpeas become mushy.
If you are using any veggies to go in the hummus (like orange bell pepper), make sure to cook them, if necessary, before you move to the next step. For example, I roast the bell pepper in the oven for around 15-20 minutes at around 400ºF/200ºC – just until the pepper skin starts to wrinkle and collapse and possibly even charr (which adds a delicious smoky flavor to the hummus).
Step 2: Blend the turmeric hummus
Add all of the ingredients to a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. This can take several minutes for super-smooth results.
Taste the hummus and adjust any of the seasonings as preferred: lemon, salt, garlic, etc.If the hummus is too thick, then you can add 1 tbsp ice water or an ice cube at a time until the correct consistency is reached.
Turmeric will stain everything, so it's best to use gloves when dealing with it (especially if using fresh turmeric) and wash the blender/processor jug and any other tools immediately - to avoid staining.
Don't omit the fresh cracked black pepper if you want to make the most of the health benefits of curcumin in turmeric.
If you're not a massive fan of turmeric on its own you can also boost this golden dip with other veggie add-ins: orange bell pepper (like I've done), carrots, sweet potato, or pumpkin would all work very well. I suggest adding about 1/4 cup of any of those options (cooked) and increase if preferred.