Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Curry Coconut Hummus

I love hummus. It never lasts long in my apartment. When I know it's hiding in my fridge, I'm likely to sneak into the kitchen after bedtime and eat it straight with a spoon. Hummus lends itself to so many variations that I usually err on the purist's side of simply using tahini, garlic, and lemon juice when I make it. But I recently tasted over ten varieties at a farmer's market stall, with everything from cilantro and eggplant to muhamara-style hummus. I was so wowed by a mild curry hummus that I set off to recreate it at home and voila, you have today's recipe!

My mom has been encouraging me to no longer eat canned food because of the chemicals that might leak from the cans' plastic linings. However, using canned chickpeas allows you to make this recipe in under five minutes and I'm often too lazy to bother with dried beans. But fear not, Eden canned beans are BPA-free and a good choice if you are concerned about using canned products or aren't interested in using dried beans (though I do give directions for doing so below).

Two important notes about ingredients for this recipe. Use 100% real coconut milk and don't opt for the reduced fat version -- it doesn't have enough flavor. Also, I used very fresh curry powder for this recipe. I know that curry powder is one of those spices that can hide unused in dark cupboard corners for years, so depending on the freshness of yours, you might need to add more to the hummus. Just make sure to taste test as you go along!

Curry Coconut Hummus
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas or 1/2 cup dried chickpeas*
  • 1/4 c. 100% real coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 t curry powder
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1 t or more kosher salt
  • several dashes cayenne pepper or aleppo chili powder
In a food processor or blender, combine all ingredients. Pulse until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary, adding more coconut milk if too thick or more curry powder to punch up the flavor.

*To cook dried chickpeas, soak overnight in 6 cups of water. Drain and add 6 cups of new water to a small pot. Cook for one hour at a low boil until tender. Drain again before using. If you forget to soak the chickpeas, don't worry about it. Just increase your cooking time (it took me about 1 hour 45 minutes).


  1. this sounds like an interesting blend, I will have to try it at school!!