pumpkin hummus, chickpeas, sweet and spicy, classic Middle Eastern dip, healthy snack, vegan recipe, ana lisa alperovich

1. Gather the ingredients

  • 1 cup of pumpkin
  • 1 cup of chickpeas
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • 1/2 glass of water
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • a pinch of marine salt
  • black sesame seeds for garnish

pumpkin hummus, chickpeas, sweet and spicy, classic Middle Eastern dip, healthy snack, vegan recipe, ana lisa alperovich

2. Cook the chickpeas

Soak the chickpeas overnight and boil taking out the scum with a spoon. Drain, let it cool and set aside.

pumpkin hummus, chickpeas, sweet and spicy, classic Middle Eastern dip, healthy snack, vegan recipe, ana lisa alperovich

3. Cook the pumpkin

Peel, cut into chunks and boil the pumpkin (you could also use canned pumpkin instead of a fresh one). Drain, let it cool and set aside.

pumpkin hummus, chickpeas, sweet and spicy, classic Middle Eastern dip, healthy snack, vegan recipe, ana lisa alperovich

4. Blend

First of all make a pumpkin puree using a blender or food processor.

pumpkin hummus, chickpeas, sweet and spicy, classic Middle Eastern dip, healthy snack, vegan recipe, ana lisa alperovich

5. Spice it up

Add the chickpeas, the roughly cut garlic, the lemon juice, filtered water, extra virgin olive oil and the spices, cumin and cayenne pepper. Blend away and add more oil, water, salt or spices until you have a good texture and flavor.

pumpkin hummus, chickpeas, sweet and spicy, classic Middle Eastern dip, healthy snack, vegan recipe, ana lisa alperovich

6. Enjoy

Enjoy by dipping raw vegetable sticks, pita bread or crackers and sprinkle some black sesame seeds on top for a delicious contrast!

Photos © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitots