Nov 28
2012

Creamy Curry Hummus Recipe: A Healthy Snack

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Creamy Curry Hummus Recipe: A Healthy Snack by Cookin' Canuck
This creamy, healthy hummus dip will satisfy your snack cravings. Curry paste gives it an extra kick of flavor.

It’s starting already. You know what I’m talking about – the holiday treats. In our house, that means Nutella Fudge, Dulce de Leche No-Bake Cookies and Chocolate & Peppermint Wedding Cookies. But I’ve found a way to contend with the little rascals without emerging from the holidays looking as though I sucked on a helium canister hose.

I’m trying a little bit of reverse psychology. Instead of telling myself what I shouldn’t eat, I’m telling myself what I can eat. A little bell went off in my head when Bethne, the instructor of the strength-training class I attend two times per week, offered all of us a challenge. Listed on the sheet, amongst other things were: 1) eat a big salad at least one time per day, 2) eat at least two fresh fruits each day and 3) eat beans every day (that’s where this hummus comes in).

Creamy Curry Hummus Recipe: A Healthy Snack by Cookin' Canuck

When I follow these guidelines each day, I fill up on fiber and lean protein, and often lose the craving for the junk. But if I still want a piece of Nutella fudge at the end of the day, then then fudge it will be!

When I get the munchies in the middle of the afternoon, this hummus, along with some whole wheat crackers or raw veggies, takes off the edge. There is always a bottle of curry paste in my fridge because it’s one of the main ingredients in my Mum’s Chicken & Potato Curry. It can be found in the international food aisle of most supermarkets.

The recipe:

In the bowl of a food processor or heavy-duty blender, combine all of the ingredients.

Creamy Curry Hummus Recipe: A Healthy Snack by Cookin' Canuck

Puree until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.

Transfer to a serving bowl, and serve with crackers and/or fresh raw vegetables.

Creamy Curry Hummus Recipe: A Healthy Snack

Other healthy snacks options:

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Cookin’ Canuck’s Greek Chicken Pinwheel Sandwiches
Cookin’ Canuck’s Creamy White Bean Dip with Parmesan Cheese & Sage
Cara’s Healthy Cravings’ Multi-seed Crackers with Beet Hummus
Pastry Affairs Maple Roasted Chickpeas
Carla’s Confections Cinnamon Apple Chips

Creamy Curry Hummus Recipe: A Healthy Snack
 
From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com
Serves: Makes 1¼ cups hummus
Ingredients
  • 1 can (14 oz.) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  • 2½ tsp mild curry paste (such as Patak's)
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a food processor or heavy-duty blender, combine all of the ingredients.
  2. Puree until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.
  3. Transfer to a serving bowl, and serve with crackers and/or fresh raw vegetables.

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1 Brian @ A Thought For Food November 28, 2012 at 6:57 am

I have to wonder why I never thought to put curry in my hummus. It’s kind of perfect! Ok… you’ve officially inspired me!

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2 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar November 28, 2012 at 7:25 am

What a fabulous dip! This looks awesome!

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3 Luchessa November 28, 2012 at 7:46 am

Dara, i love this post. I’m a big fan of hummus dips. And i already tried the hummus, goat cheese, arugula wrapps. So good!! Thanks for the post!

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4 Heidi @foodiecrush November 28, 2012 at 7:52 am

I haven’t tried a curry flavored hummus before, I usually stick to a spicey one or roasted red pepper so I better get off my boring behind and give it a go to make room for more nutella fudge.

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5 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl November 28, 2012 at 8:02 am

Love this!! And you’re right, I always have curry paste in the fridge!

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6 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) November 28, 2012 at 8:02 am

This sounds great! One of my favorite restaurants in Asheville, NC serves a curry hummus that I get every time I’m there. I’ve been wanting to try to make some at home – yum!

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7 Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings November 28, 2012 at 9:23 am

delish– i heart hummus but have never made my own before…

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8 creativelyfed December 1, 2012 at 11:52 am

If you’re going to make basic hummus, you need tahini (Middle Eastern sesame paste), which isn’t listed as an ingredient here. Just FYI :)

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10 Laura (Tutti Dolci) November 28, 2012 at 9:56 am

I eat hummus almost daily with my lunch – I love the curry addition!

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11 claire @ the realistic nutritionist November 28, 2012 at 10:01 am

Coolest idea EVER. Curry and hummus??

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13 Holly November 28, 2012 at 10:41 am

This looks great and I need that same encouragement to eat healthy snacks before Nutella goodies! I was lucky enough to use some hotel points to “buy” a Vitamix. It arrives this Friday and hummus is on the top of the list of recipes to try out. Can’t wait!

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14 Cara's Healthy Cravings November 28, 2012 at 11:19 am

Thanks for the shout out!
I know I would love your hummus!

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15 Aggie November 28, 2012 at 11:21 am

LOVE the guidelines! Need to put them on my fridge!

What a great hummus combination. This seriously sounds amazing Dara.

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16 Cassie | Bake Your Day November 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm

We really, really love hummus but I have never thought to add curry, I love it. And I love making hummus in my Blendtec – so powerful!

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17 Pretend Chef November 28, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Those are great guidelines to follow. This hummus sounds so delicious. Hummus is one of my favorite snacks with some pita bread or spread on a sandwich.

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18 Julia {The Roasted Root} November 29, 2012 at 9:19 am

I loooove curry and can’t believe I never thought to add curry paste to hummus! Pure brilliance! Wonderful, healthy snack!

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19 addie | culicurious November 29, 2012 at 1:08 pm

This looks fantastic, Dara. The bold flavor of the curry is definitely very satisfying. :) Great spin on a classic.

Thanks for sharing those food tips too. Such a great idea! I’ll be adopting those….. now :)

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20 Camilla November 29, 2012 at 3:32 pm

What a brilliant idea, we love homous and my husband and son are curry addicts so this is something I’m going to have to try!

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21 Deborah@delicioushappens.com November 29, 2012 at 7:32 pm

I love hummus and I love curry! Perfect hummus recipe! Can’t wait to make it!

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22 Kristi Rimkus November 29, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Great idea to add curry to hummus. A natural combination. My husband and I are keeping it lean during the holiday season, so this is perfect!

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23 Jayne November 30, 2012 at 2:26 am

I’ve never tried hummus but love roasted chickpeas. Is the texture much like peanut butter? I know I really should jump on the hummus bandwagon soon with this recipe.

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24 Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen November 30, 2012 at 7:23 am

I’ve figured out that I need to set some sort of guidelines for myself during this time of year. This year, I’ve been eating a green smoothie with my eggs for breakfast, which really helps me fill up and get 2 servings of veggies and 2 of fruits almost before my feet hit the floor. That way, even if things get derailed later in the day, I know it started right!

Love the hummus recipe!

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25 Gaby November 30, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Love this idea for hummus! And I hear ya – I’m trying to curb myself away from the sugar this season. Hummus is totes the perfect answer for that!

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26 Stephane December 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Dear Dara,
I came to your blog from twiter and wanted to tell you how wonderful it is! The pictures, the recipes, the great ideas… I am so glad I found you:0)

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27 Lail | With A Spin December 2, 2012 at 11:55 am

I love hummus and often make at home. Never tried with curry flavor. What a new twist!

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28 Carla @ Carlas Confections December 4, 2012 at 10:11 am

I really love hummus! That little wrap with all those fresh veggies and the hummus looks so amazing! I am having a hard time pulling myself away from the sweets right now… but I really need to! This looks like an awesome healthy and tasty option. Thanks for the link up too! You are too sweet :)

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30 RiX September 5, 2014 at 4:32 am

Yogurt or Sour Cream is often used as a side with these curry paste dishes. It helps with the spice. Blend or stir in a tablespoon at the end.

Or, if you prefer, top the Hummus with the same amount – and sprinkle with the Cayenne Pepper and Lemon Juice. Either way It will help bulk up the recipe and is healthy too! It’s just like Chana Dhal!

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