Yellow is not really an appetizing color. And it’s really a shame because this hummus was quite tasty. Most Indian food is also yellow. In fact, much of it kind of resembles baby food, which turns a lot of people off from eating it (at least in my parents’ case). Also a shame because Indian food is amazing. In short, yellow food is extremely under-appreciated. Eat something yellow today to show your support for this under-represented food group.
I did my longest run EVER today – 10.18 miles in 1:26:39. I’ll do the math for you, that comes to about 7.04 mph. A bit slower than the nine miles but I could feel myself holding myself back to conserve energy. I also ran mostly on dirt next to the sidewalk because I read that it supports your knees more. However, it also slows you down more (think of running on sand but not as bad). It was the perfect running weather this morning – 57 degrees, sunny, with a slight wind. I ended up with a tinge of sunburn on my cheeks and some more defined tan lines (although I expect they will fade). I like to think that I’m preparing for my Bahamas trip. Before we went on vacation, my mom always used to force me to sit out in the sun for about an hour every day because she thought that if I hit the beach without doing so, I would get an instantaneous sunburn. So that’s what I’m doing – browning my skin little by little so that it becomes less sun-sensitive. We’ll see how that works out. My mom is so funny, she told me so many old wives tales when I was little. And its not just my mother – my roommate and I were talking about this the other day and her mother told her the same ones! Things along the lines of – chocolate will give you pimples, if you shave your legs the hair will grow back thicker, etc. Does anyone else have any fun ones they’d like to share?
Anyway, sorry to digress, the topic of my mother always gets me going. She’s an enigma in so many ways.
After the orgasmic cranberry sauce of last week, I knew I couldn’t just go back to PB sandwiches (although I do miss my P.B. Loco…). And THEN I remembered seeing a recipe for curried pumpkin hummus on Diet, Dessert, and Dogs that I had bookmarked. It was REALLY good. It made a ton of hummus and tasted kind of like the curried lentils I made a while back (but in spreadable form, obviously). Taking on this recipe also gave me the opportunity to try to use my crockpot as a bean cooker! It was so easy to do and enabled me to not have to stand in the kitchen downstairs for two hours. If you like interesting hummus flavors, I would definitely give this a try.
Curry Pumpkin Hummus
Makes about 3 1/2 cups, adapted from Diet, Dessert, and Dogs
1 cup dry chickpeas
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
2 tbsp natural peanut butter
3 tbsp tahini
2 cloves garlic
1 1/2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt (I used more, to taste)
1 bunch-ish of cilantro (again, to taste)
1. First, soak your beans overnight in cold water.
2. The next morning, drain the beans and then put them in a crockpot. Cover them with water. Cover the crockpot and cook on low 10 hours or until soft.
3. In a food processor, combine all of the ingredients. Process until blended to desired consistency, adding water to taste.
I am submitting this to Weekend Herb Blogging, which is being hosted this week by Rachel of The Crispy Cook.
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17 Responses to Curry Pumpkin Hummus

  1. that sounds like such a complex and delicious hummus! and yeah, the indian food doesn’t always look appetizing, but it is so good 🙂
    um… my mom always told me my eyes would get stuck crossed, but they NEVER did.
    great time on your run!!! so many things you wrote about to comment on, haha! you need a few blogs like me.

  2. Debinhawaii says:

    I love yellow food and eat it all the time! 😉 This looks like an interesting combination. Congrats on the run today too!

  3. Reeni? says:

    I don’t mind yellow food!! And I love yellow hummus! This looks wonderful-such yummy flavors for a hummus. You are so awesome-for how far and how long you can run!

  4. n.o.e says:

    I love hummus, I love curry, I love pumpkin, so I know I’d love this dish!! Yellow encompasses some of my favorite food. When we were growing up, we’d often have yellow food on Fridays (no meat) – scrambled eggs or mac and cheese. Corn on the side and sometimes banana or another yellow fruit (peaches or pears). Moms are kinda “interesting” aren’t they? I gotta tread lightly here, because I’m sure my 21 yo and my 23 yo roll their eyes and tell stories about ME!!

  5. Pam says:

    I’ve tried to photograph yellow food before, it’s hard! I love hummus and I love the idea of some curry in it!

  6. burpandslurp says:

    I never did like hummus. But your pumpkin curry hummus is in danger of disappearing mysteriously if it ever gets too close to me. you’re a freaking genius!
    Here’s another old wives tale: IF the wind changes direction while you’re making a face, you’ll be stuck with that expression forever.

  7. Michelle says:

    I remember my Mom saying “it’ll poke your eye out” quite a bit when I was growing up. I still have both my eyes so I guess I paid attention.

    I love hummus!

  8. Daniel says:

    Thanks for sharing a really interesting recipe.

    Also your “1 bunch-ish of cilantro” made me chuckle–it’s really a perfect unit of measurement isn’t it? Some people want more, some people want less. Ya gotta describe it somehow. 🙂

    Casual Kitchen

  9. Van says:

    Seriously? WOW! Ironically, I had been toying with my own hummus but didn’t take the crockpot approach – it was simply chickpea flower mix.

    I like the pumpkin addition, too.

  10. Kevin says:

    Curried pumpkin hummus sounds great!

  11. Rachel says:

    This sounds really tasty. I like curried pumpkin soup so this flavor combo in hummus sounds like it will be great. Thanks for sending a taste over to Weekend Herb Blogging #180!

  12. Natashya says:

    What a great combo, nice!

  13. Joanne says:

    Ashlee – I barely have time to update THIS blog, imagine if I had multiples…I don’t know how you do it. Thanks for stopping by!

    Deb – Thanks a bunch, yellow food is the way to go.

    Reeni – Your comment is so sweet! I love thinking of/finding interesting spins on traditional foods.

    noe – I love my mom and all of her oddities, even though I do find them amusing. Mac and cheese, a delicious yellow food option!

    Pam – It definitely added a nice flavor punch! And yes, it is really hard to photograph.

    burpandslurp – I’ve never heard that old wives tale, I’ll have to add it to the list of things neverto tell my children!

    Michele – That’s funny! My mom was always worried about us suffocating but never about us poking our eyes out. She hated when we tried to blow up balloons.

    Daniel – So true about the ingredients, some people like things spicier than others so why deal in exact measurements.

    Van – Hummus is SO easy to make, just get rid of the mix and go for it! I love pumpkin in everything, but I think I’m probably an anomaly in that sense…

    Kevin – Thanks for the comment!

    Rachel – Pumpkin curry soup sounds amazing. Thanks for hosting!

    Natashya – Thanks a bunch for stopping by.

  14. ttfn300 says:

    i’ve been meaning to try this 🙂 and i’m all about running on the side of the paths along the river, less impact on the joints for sure! i hope to get out tomorrow morning before work for a run 🙂

  15. Joanne says:

    ttfn – I suggest you adding it to your must make immediately list! Ricki has such good ideas. Hope you had a good run!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Real Hummus is made only from chickpeas and Tahine as hamburger is made only out of beef.
    Please do call this dish Hummus !!!!!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Just made this hummus today and it’s Super Delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

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