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Cooking soaked dried chickpeas in baking soda softens them and makes this hummus extra-silky. The curried onion–and–cauliflower topping adds tons of flavor. Slideshow: More Hummus Recipes 

August 2015


Credit: © Tara Fisher

Recipe Summary

1 hr 30 mins
Makes about 5 cups


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • In a saucepan, cover the chickpeas, garlic and baking soda with 2 inches of water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over moderately low heat, stirring every 15 minutes, until the chickpeas are tender, 50 minutes; if necessary, add water to keep them covered.

  • Drain the chickpeas and garlic and transfer to a food processor; puree until very smooth. With the machine on, gradually add the tahini, lemon juice, 1/3 cup of olive oil and the cumin; season the hummus with salt.

  • In a skillet, heat 1/4 inch of canola oil. Add the cauliflower and fry over moderately high heat, stirring, until tender and deeply browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel–lined bowl to drain. Add 1 teaspoon of the curry powder and toss well. Season with salt and toss again.

  • Pour off all but 1/4 cup of the oil from the skillet. Add the onion and a big pinch of salt and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until just starting to soften and brown in spots, about 5 minutes. Add the pink peppercorns and the remaining 1 teaspoon of curry powder and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Season with salt.

  • Spoon the hummus into a bowl and top with the onion and cauliflower. Drizzle with olive oil, garnish with parsley and serve.

Make Ahead

The hummus can be refrigerated for up to 5 days. The curried toppings can be refrigerated overnight; bring to room temperature before serving.

Serve With

Warm pita or naan.

Suggested Pairing

Serve this creamy hummus with a juicy, fruit-forward California Chenin Blanc.