Pumpkin Hummus

by Kiran on November 19, 2013 · 64 comments

in Appetizer, Sides, Snack

There’s so many ingredients or foods that I won’t live without. If I’m force to narrow down to my top five favorites, it has to be:






Mom’s cooking has a special place in my heart 😉

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Naturally, the top two favorite foods has to collide someday. And mom was curious for a taste. So, off we went to scour the ingredients to make this hummus. While grocery shopping, all I wanted to spot was pumpkins. Sad eh? I missed it that much, but not so much when it costs an arm and a leg over here.


Unfortunately, we came home almost empty handed. Looks like I’ll have to patiently wait for my return in order to devour. Until then, I’m elated with mom’s cooking.

Pumpkin Hummus | KiranTarun.com

As for mom, she’s just amazed at what all we make with pumpkins!

… “Promise, my world doesn’t revolve just around pumpkins, Mom”… Well, who am I kidding 😉

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  • 1 small sweet pumpkin pie, halved
  • 1 whole head of garlic, halved
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 1 cup roasted pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1/2 medium lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp roasted garlic puree
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp toasted cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp harissa or roasted chili paste
  • some extra virgin olive oil

Optional: sumac, toasted chickpeas, pepita and sesame seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Lightly oil pumpkin halves and place it on the baking sheet, cut side down. In a small foil, add halved garlic head, smear on some oil and wrap the foil tightly. Keep the foil on the same baking sheet with pumpkins.
  3. Roast pumpkin and garlic for 30 minutes. Once done, remove from the oven to cool.
  4. Once roasted pumpkin is cooled, scoop out the flesh and measure 1 cup. Add it into a food processor fitted with blade.
  5. Add in the rest of ingredients right up to harrisa. Pulse to puree until smooth.
  6. Before serving, drizzle some extra virgin olive oil, toasted chickpeas, sumac, pepita and sesame seeds. Serve it up with pita chips.


Pumpkin Hummus | KiranTarun.com

I know I’m supposed to be indulging with the family instead of daydreaming about pumpkins. But can you do me a favor? Make this pumpkin hummus and leave us a comment. Mom is anxious to read about your experience 🙂

Have a great week, friends!

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1 Rekha November 19, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Hey Kiran, the hummus looks delish. I am not a fan of pumpkin but this is something I would like to try on some day…

Have a fantastic vacation..:-)
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2 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You November 19, 2013 at 8:41 AM

I love hummus and this one with a new amazing flavor, even more… I like how you plated it, Kiran!
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3 IRENA&dots November 19, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Kiran, that recipe looks super great! As well as your photos – so creative – love them!!!


4 Rosa November 19, 2013 at 9:10 AM

A wonderful creation! This hummus is really original and extremely tempting.




5 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) November 19, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Enjoying seeing all the beautiful dishes you’re creating with your mom on my IG feed. This hummus is fall-perfect!
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6 cquek November 19, 2013 at 11:28 AM

I was excited to read the recipe when I saw that opening photo!!


7 Laura (Tutti Dolci) November 19, 2013 at 11:36 AM

I need this hummus in my life immediately!
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8 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health November 19, 2013 at 12:03 PM

i have had fair of pumpkin this season maybe i will have to quickly whip up a batch of hummus. top my things- chocolate, spinach, cheese, water, and chocolate 😛
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9 Judit + Corina @WineDineDaily November 19, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Kiran, this is the most beautiful Pumpkin Humus!!! Enjoy cooking with your mom 🙂
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10 Ash-foodfashionparty November 19, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Looks so good Kiran. Hummus I could have everyday, not tried this version, gorge.
Have a great time with family sweet friend.


11 Kelly November 19, 2013 at 1:30 PM

This looks wonderful Kiran! I love hummus but have never tried it with pumpkin – what a great idea! Pinning, thanks for sharing and I can’t wait to try this 🙂
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12 Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl November 19, 2013 at 2:35 PM

This looks great! I would love to use it as a dip, would be perfect holiday parties!
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13 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ November 19, 2013 at 3:06 PM

I have never eaten pumpkin hummus. I’m very curious about it, as you can imagine 🙂 Enjoy your family time!
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14 Juliana November 19, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Very creative Kiran…like the spices and the touch of heat.
Thanks for the recipe and hope you are having a great week 😀


15 Consuelo @ Honey & Figs November 19, 2013 at 5:31 PM

I love the combo, it’s such a fabulous addition to hummus, yum!
My 5 favorite foods would have to be (not tha I’m able to choose or something but still):
Greek Yogurt
But it’s hard to choose you know 😉
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16 Maria | Pink Patisserie November 19, 2013 at 9:03 PM

So glad you are enjoying your time with family. Nothing quite like good home cookin. 🙂 I love hummus and this looks particularly intriguing and so, so delicious!
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17 simi November 19, 2013 at 9:23 PM

i must confess am in love with the bowl! I just love it ! The humus looks amazing. Your list of favorites are all so healthy, am kind of guilty now !
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18 ashley - baker by nature November 19, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Oh yes! I could dip in this ALL day long.
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19 Kitchen Belleicious November 19, 2013 at 10:58 PM

so cool. so freaking cool! I wish I would have thought of that! Can’t wait to try it
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20 Sanjeeta kk November 19, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Aha…Pumpkin all the way….never thought of making Hummus with this humble veggie…and what a gorgeous hummus it looks!
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21 Lail | With A Spin November 19, 2013 at 11:36 PM

This is a brilliant and a very original idea for fall. Hummus would be on my top 5 list as well 🙂


22 Jamie November 20, 2013 at 1:57 AM

Absolutely beautiful, Kiran! I am extremely intrigued by this recipe, the blend of flavors. I adore hummus and I love pumpkin but never thought of putting the two together. I love it and must try it!
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23 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella November 20, 2013 at 6:48 AM

I love pumpkin! I just found out that a friend doesn’t like it and I was perplexed. I thought everyone loved them. Dips are another favourite 😀
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24 Angie@Angie's Recipes November 20, 2013 at 7:22 AM

I am a huge fan of pumpkin! This is a perfect one for me.
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25 Suchi November 20, 2013 at 8:42 AM

What a healthy list of top fives you have there…love the pumpkin hummus…
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26 Ina gawne November 20, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Kiran – this hummus sounds fabulous…I love love anything pumpkin…so so good!
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27 sowmya November 20, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Hummus looks delicious 🙂 I love the addition of cinnamon to it … beautiful clicks
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28 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough November 20, 2013 at 10:02 AM

This hummus sounds (and looks!) so incredible. I have to try it ASAP.
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29 Amy @ Elephant Eats November 20, 2013 at 11:03 AM

My husband is addicted to hummus and I find myself buying a new variety every week at Trader Joe’s. Homemade really is the way to go, though, and I know he’d love this! just gorgeous 🙂


30 Kathryn November 20, 2013 at 12:54 PM

So intrigued by this! Beautiful pictures too.
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31 Rachel @ Bakerita November 20, 2013 at 1:27 PM

This sounds incredible! I love pumpkin as well, and with hummus?! Oh yum. This bowl would be devoured way too quickly.
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32 Lizzy (Good Things) November 20, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Top five favourite foods or ingredients, whoa, that is a hard choice and much depends on the seasons, as each new season brings new delights! Core ingredients? Well, maybe lemons, garlic, pepper, mushrooms, beef. Lovely recipe… thanks for always sharing something new and exciting.
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33 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking November 20, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Why have I never thought of this stunning combo before? What a great idea, Kiran! I would go scooping crazy with this stuff. Pass the pita chips!
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34 john@kitchenriffs November 20, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Great looking hummus! I don’t think I’ve ever had a pumpkin one before. I definitely should make this – looks terrific. Thanks for this.
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35 Coffee and Crumpets November 20, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Pumpkin hummus, hmmmmm…I can try that. I’d probably like it too 🙂 Hope you’re having a wonderful time.
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36 Vicky and Ruth November 20, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Love anything pumpkin. However, when it comes to hummus I tend to be more traditional, but I am really tempted to try this version. Sounds fabulous. I love your photography!
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37 Liz November 20, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Your pumpkin hummus is GORGEOUS! I make hummus nearly every week…and finally ventured out on a limb and added some roasted peppers. Pumpkin may just be next on my list 🙂


38 Meghan November 20, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Fabulous recipe & gorgeous photos! I love hummus & pumpkin, wonderful idea putting them together!
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39 Mr. & Mrs. P November 20, 2013 at 11:23 PM

This hummus looks wonderful!!! Love that you added the whole chick peas and pumpkin seeds for that added texture!
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40 Anne ~ Uni Homemaker November 21, 2013 at 12:39 AM

This is such a great starter for the holiday season Kiran. Never had pumpkin hummus before. I’m looking forward to trying it. Pinned. Have a great rest of the week my friend. 🙂
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41 Shefali November 21, 2013 at 1:44 AM

OMG Kiran, the pictures are SO amazing. I love it. I really want to try this now. I love Hummus, although I am just being turned on to pumpkins.
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42 Sophie33 November 21, 2013 at 5:54 AM

Am wonderful & unique presentation too! Your pumpkin hummus looks really mouthwatering!

I will make it today! Yum Yum Yum.
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43 Tandy | Lavender and Lime November 21, 2013 at 7:53 AM

I love the sound of this! I always have peanut butter in my house. I eat it on crackers with cheese 🙂
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44 Archana @ FeedingTheFoodie November 21, 2013 at 10:55 AM

trust you to make something original and make it look so beautiful!
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45 Asmita November 21, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Hi Kiran,
Pumpkin hummus sounds amazing. An interesting combination of flavors. Never tried it before but would love to now!
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46 Sissi November 21, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Beautiful and so unusual! I love hummus but would never think of a pumpkin twist. Very creative idea.
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47 Milana - the Jottings November 21, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Simply too beautiful! I love hummus and this pumpkin version sounds delicious!


48 Honey,What's Cooking November 21, 2013 at 2:51 PM

This takes pumpkin to a whole new level. Savory and sweet.. love it.
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49 Choc Chip Uru November 21, 2013 at 3:44 PM

A great twist on hummus, pumpkins are the best ingredient! You make it look incredible!


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50 Cass @foodmyfriend November 21, 2013 at 5:28 PM

So, I’m now trying to come to terms with the fact that you have trouble getting fresh pumpkin. In Australia, pumpkins are in every supermarket and they are cheap. My Pop accidently grew a whole bunch out of his compost! They were delicious hehe. Love this cookie mix. So festive! We are doing belated thanksgiving again this year so this may just be my gift to the table 🙂
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51 Medha November 21, 2013 at 7:35 PM

I made your pumpkin hummus today! It was so delicious – specially cinnamon and harissa worked like charm! Your photography and plating is so stunning! I am hooked on this hummus now:)
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52 Kumar's Kitchen November 22, 2013 at 2:34 AM

perfectly spiced and flavorful hummus…can have it any time for a treat 🙂
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53 Daniela November 22, 2013 at 3:27 AM

Kiran your recipe transports me to culinary heaven!
I love hummus and I love pumpkin. Great appetizer, can’t wait to try it out.
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54 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen November 22, 2013 at 4:40 AM

Hmm, I don’t know if I could narrow it down to just 5 but you can bet that chocolate would make the list!
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55 Karen (Back Road Journal) November 22, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Love your creative hummus dish. The flavor of pumpkin, harissa, cumin and sumac sounds terrific.
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56 shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com November 22, 2013 at 10:12 AM

ooh pumpkin hummus-so love this combination! your photos are awesome as always, Kiran!
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57 Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner November 22, 2013 at 12:10 PM

I think that I literally serve hummus at every party I host. It’s quick, easy and tasty. Plus it’s a crowd pleaser…hard to go wrong there. I’m loving this variation on it and I can’t wait to see what my guests think. 🙂
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58 Ingeniousmrs November 22, 2013 at 12:27 PM

wowwww yummyyyyyyy


59 Ashley November 22, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Whoa I need some of this in my life! I would have never thought to combine pumpkin and hummus – it sounds delicious! And I love that bowl – it’s gorgeous!
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60 Nami | Just One Cookbook November 22, 2013 at 5:09 PM

This is the most unique hummus I’ve seen! Pumpkin hummus! Although it’s hard to say my favorite 5 ingredients, pumpkin hummus will be my top 3 hummus I’d love to eat (i’m a pumpkin fan). 🙂
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61 Raymund November 26, 2013 at 1:21 AM

I love hummus, adding pumpkin to the mix would give it a sweet pleasant taste. Nice one.
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62 Charul @ Tadka Masala November 27, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Paneer Tikka, Pani puri, yogurt, gobhi ki subzi and daal.. in no particular order.
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63 laurasmess November 28, 2013 at 1:18 AM

I’m loving all of the variations of hummus that bloggers like yourself are coming up with! This one looks divine, I love the additions of the roasted chilli paste/harissa and the gorgeous cripsy toppings. Yum! Definitely trying this over the festive season xx
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64 Cheryl December 12, 2013 at 6:10 AM

You’ve hit the nail on the head… Pumpkin. Hummus. I could live on both. I’ve been wanting to try pumpkin hummus and your recipe and delicious pictures have me wishing the store was open right now! I know what I’ll be making tomorrow!
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