December 27, 2011

Masala Hummus

masala hummusI know I post a lot of hummus recipes on here, but I think there's always room for more easy appetizers that can feed (and please!) a crowd, especially with New Year's parties coming up! I actually made this hummus to serve as an appetizer on Christmas and everyone loved it. There was still tons left over so I've been enjoying it over the last couple days as a quick snack or lunch to fuel me through all my Boxing Day shopping!

This was actually my first attempt at a "copycat" recipe, trying to replicate one of my favourite storebought hummuses (is that a word?): PC's masala hummus. I love the infusion of Indian spices into their hummus and the way they're balanced out by the hint of sweetness from the honey. But since hummus is so easy to make at home (provided you have a food processor), I can't justify buying small tubs of it when I can make a much larger batch for much less money myself.

To make my own masala hummus, I incorporated most the ingredients from the ingredient list in amounts that I thought would work, then I tasted, tasted, and tasted some more until I finally reached what I thought to be a close enough match (with agreement from my fellow taste-testers at home). While the final product wasn't a perfect match for the PC brand, I still loved the flavour and creaminess of my version and will happily eat it from now on instead of having to buy it from the store.

If you want to make/serve your own hummus but Indian flavours aren't your thing, try one of my two other favourites: beet hummus and buffalo wing hummus!

masala hummus
Masala Hummus

Recipe by Once Upon a Cutting Board, Inspired by PC's masala hummus

Makes about 2 cups


1 (19oz) can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup liquid from the can of chickpeas
3 tablespoons tahini
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


Add all ingredients except for the olive oil into the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. Add the olive oil to the feed tube and let slowly pour into the bowl as the motor is running, until it's well incorporated. Taste and adjust any seasonings if necessary.


  1. I loved this hummus - it was so creamy and tasted just like the storebought one! It was perfect for eating with my naan bread today :)

  2. I love hummus of all types! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I was just looking for a copycat one of the PC version, look forward to trying today!

  4. From one Canadian grad student addicted to PC's masala hummus to another... thank goodness for this recipe!

  5.  You're quite welcome! :)  Let me know what you think, especially if you have any recommendations for improvement!

  6.  The only thing I changed (just to see what would happen) was that I sauteed the onions almost to the point of caramelization in the oil, and then added the garlic and the spices when I was getting close to the end of the cooking, then added that mixture to what was already in my food processor. I also added dried fenugreek to the mix, which didn't make a huge difference but it's one of those flavourings that is distinct to the flavour palette of Indian cooking, even though most people don't notice. It was a huge hit at the party to which I took it, and I'm making it again tonight! :-)


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