Spicy sweet potato hummus

spicy sweet potato hummus

spicy sweet potato hummus

This is a fresh, zingy variation on the traditional hummus. I have made it a couple of times and it has gone down a treat. It’s dead simple to make (you basiclly whizz everything in a food processor). What is particularly nice about it is the lovely orange colour from the sweet potatoes. Ideal to have as part of a buffet or as a starter with some nice pitta bread or raw vegetables. I found the recipe on line from a blog called Cookie and Kate, which looks really interesting. I will have to explore it. There are lots of appealing vegetarian recipes. By the way, don’t worry if you only see me blogging at the moment. The reason Candi has disappeared is that she is having some family problems. But she will be back, I am sure!!

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas (or one can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained)
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • zest of ½ lemon
  • ground sea salt, to taste
  • 1½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (start with less, season to taste. I only put half a teaspoon, for example)
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin (I put half a teaspoon)


  1. Preheat oven to 200 C degrees . Bake the sweet potatoes on the middle oven rack or in a baking dish for 45 minutes to an hour. They should yield to a gentle squeeze when they’re done baking.
  2. While the sweet potatoes are cooling, toss all of the other ingredients into a food processor (if you’re sensitive to spice, you may want to save the spices for last and add them to taste). Once the sweet potatoes have cooled enough to handle, use a knife or your fingers to peel the skin off of them. Add the sweet potatoes to the food processor.
  3. Blend well, and serve! Garnish a light sprinkle of cayenne pepper and sesame seeds or fresh coriander.


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