Curried Pumpkin Hummus*

* Or, Hummus in a World of Its Own


As we often do, the HH and I made the trek to Montreal over the long weekend to spend the holidays with my family.  While I long ago became accustomed to toting along some sort of sustenance for these trips (my diet, even when I’m not on a candida cleanse, is considered fairly “out there” by the rest of my kinsfolk), this last visit presented a particular challenge, as I couldn’t even partake in those few foods I normally eat when staying with the CFO. 

As a result, our cooler was packed a little more than usual as we departed for La Belle Ville.  At our pit stop near Kingston, the HH bought himself a regular coffee and chicken club at Tim Horton’s, while I munched on grape tomatoes, baby carrots, and my new favorite hummus–a Curried Pumpkin variety.

The hummus came about the week before we left, as I was standing in the kitchen ruminating (figuratively, of course) about how much I miss my beloved pumpkin oats (à la Shelby) since I began this infernal ACD.  While I ruminated (literally) on some hummus, it occurred to me:  why not combine the pumpkin with my hummus instead?  Eureka!  I threw together some standard hummus, tinkered with the spices and fats, and ended up feeling rather smug for having created a unique, ingenious and flavorsome dish.  Immediately, I determined to blog about it.

Well, a few days later, I encountered Vegan Yum Yum’s post about Apple Pie Coffee Cake.  The post opened with the following line: “I have a knack for inventing things that have already been invented.”  Ooops.

Rather quickly, I was accosted by insistent, niggling doubts (sort of like Chaser when she wants to go for a walk) about my hummus. Could it be that my original invention already existed?  Eventually, I succumbed and, after a quick Google search, discovered that pumpkin hummus abounds on the Internet.  In fact, it’s almost as ubiquitous as those little popups (you know the ones–those rows of laughing emoticons) that invade your screens when you’re looking for something else.  Curses!

I did take some comfort, however, in the knowledge that all of us, at some time or another, have probably considered an idea or concept of ours to be entirely unprecedented, only to discover fairly quickly that scores of others had already considered the very same thing.

* * *

The scene:  Ricki, aged 17, returns home from CEGEP.  The Nurse hunches over the kitchen table, enjoying a Fresca and reading Family Circle.

RICKI  [flushed with pride at her own discovery]: Hey, did you ever consider how every person sees everything through their own mind?  I mean, maybe each of us is actually living in our own little world, which is, like, just our own consciousness, and maybe everything else is just an illusion?  Like, what if you’re not really here, but you’re only here because I think you’re here–what if everythng in the world is just an offshoot of my own imagination, creating my reality?  What if there’s really nothing else except me? Whoah. Weird, huh?

THE NURSE: I hate to tell you this, but that’s a common theory.  It’s called solipsism.  Just read some philosophy, genius. Geez.  [She yawns.  Ricki sinks under the table].

Or how about the same scene, six years later:

Ricki and the CFO are hunched at the kitchen table, drinking Diet Pepsi and reading People magazine.

THE CFO:  Hey, Ric, did you ever consider how every person sees everything through their own mind?  I mean, maybe each of us is actually living in our own little world. . . . . What if there’s really nothing else except me?  Whoah. Weird, huh?

RICKI: I hate to tell you this, but that’s actually a common concept.  They even made a movie about it–The Matrix.  Just rent the film (which is much more fun than reading philosophy; besides, Keanu Reeves is much cuter than Descartes).

* * *

Well, no matter.  Original or not, this hummus is delightful.   With its subtle, sunny glow from both pumpkin and turmeric, to the slightly sweet spice from a mild curry and creamy chickpea base, the flavors meld beautifully to create an enticing appetizer or sandwich filling.

When I served this at dinner last week, the HH proclaimed, “This is the best hummus I’ve ever had,” and made me promise to prepare it again.

Now, I’d be inclined to agree with him, except of course I can never be 100% certain that his experience of hummus is identical to my experience of hummus. . . I mean, what if he’s referring to something entirely different from me when he says “best”?  And what if I am actually living in my own little world, separate and distinct from his, and the HH is just a figment of my imagination?  (Well, okay, I guess that wouldn’t be so bad–it would just mean more hummus for me!). Either way, I’ll be making this again.


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  1. Love your “eureka!” moment, haha – and hooray for a fabulous hummus!! I like that it has enough healthy fats.

  2. Hey, the idea of a curried pumpkin hummus is new to me too, so I’m glad you didn’t decide not to share when you saw that it had already been done by others. Your recipe sounds fabulous, and I can’t wait to give it a try!

  3. WOW! that hummus sounds amazing. I tend to be a fan of plain old regular hummus over the more glitzy versions, but this sounds amazing. i want to add toasted pumpkin seeds to it. i DEFINITELY have to try this!

  4. Hm. I think I still have some pumpkin in the freezer – maybe I should put it to use. BTW – I also got a jar of coconut oil this weekend and am waiting for you to post a recipe with it (Chocolate or coconut frosting?) so I can use it! 🙂

  5. VeggieGirl,
    I do, too! 🙂

    Thanks! Glad I posted it, then. 🙂

    Pumpkin seeds are a fabulous idea (wish I’d thought of it!) 😉

    I’m afraid there will be no new frostings until I’m off the ACD, but in the meantime, you can try the Maple Buttercream or Sweet Potato Frosting. 🙂

  6. oh that hummus looks so good!

  7. Mmm. Hummus and pumpkin together. I certainly can’t think of anything better…so I’ll count on your for that 😉

    Thank you for sharing this recipe I’ll have to try it soon. And hang in there on the ACD, I have done a version of it before too and know how hard it can be, but if anyone can make it tasty I’m sure you can!

  8. I’ve certainly never come across a recipe like this before, so in my mind you’re definitely the original recipe creator. 🙂 I’ve already got it bookmarked to make as soon as I get home (and can get canned pumpkin again). Thanks!

  9. Happy Easter! Ah well, inventing something that is already there has happened many, many times to me, too. 🙂
    Your hummus sounds fantastic and I like the collard rolls.

  10. You’re an original, Ms. Ricki!

    I think this sounds divine – I only have steamed/pureed pumpkin left from my pumpkins last fall (canned isn’t available here). So healthy – and so delicious. I hope you had a great Easter with your famille!

  11. This sounds delicious and the pumpkin and collards add to the nutrition!

  12. Mmm nothing like a good hummus! And hey, if we didn’t all reinvent everything, then the world would be one boring book of recipes.

    I meant to email you when I got the syrup, but then forgot until I was typing the post, then figured you’d see it, anyways, it’s a vicious forgetful cycle. I’m definitely the saving the end of my quart for a good ol’ taste test. Can’t wait!

  13. i am always looking for new hummus recipes, thanks!

  14. This post was so much fun to read haha oh and thanks for the shout-out!

    I’m totally making this no matter how orange I turn!

  15. Ricki,
    You have been such an inspiration to us and the journey through gluten free and Candida. There are chickpeas and a can of pumpkin in the cupboard jumping up and down right now – two of my favorite things.
    Thanks so much!

  16. this sounds like a very yummy hummus indeed! i’m on a bit of a pantry challenge and have some canned butternut squash (but no pumpkin – alas!). i wonder if that would work too? i’m always ‘coming up with something new’ and discovering that it’s not new or original at all. oh well! great minds think alike?

  17. Hi Ricki,
    Well, it could have been an original as far as I’m concerned, never heard or thought of pumpkin hummus. Sounds delightful! Loved this post!!

    Funny, I’m doing a “macro candida cleanse. I lived on sugar in my past life!! I feel like I’m doing a deep cleanse.

  18. I didn’t know you went to CEGEP! Hope you had fun in Montreal. I’m planning a late spring trip there. I’ve only even been there in the winter and I can’t wait to see it in the sunshine!

  19. Even if it’s not a new invention, your hummus sounds delicious. I’d still call it a “Ricki Original” because you weren’t following a recipe! I tried making a pumpkin hummus once and it was pretty good, but I didn’t add enough pumpkin. I’m going to try yours next time.

  20. So it’s called solipsism! Interesting hehe

  21. I’m so glad you posted this Ricki. I adore hummus and am always on the lookout for new ideas. I’ve thought of making beetroot hummus but it never occurred to me to make a pumpkin version. A must try.

  22. I love making pumpkin hummus, and the addition of curry powder sounds fantastic! I’ll have to try that next time.

  23. as for “inventing things that have already been invented” – i’m with you too, Ricki! dan & i do that all the time!

    i’m gonna give your curried pumpkin hummus a go ’cause it looks most awesome! mmmmmmm!

    (i’m glad we’re not the only ones packing coolers of yummies to enjoy when visiting family. dan & i always joke that vegans never visit without their foods! ahahahaaa!)

  24. Well it looks delicious and orginal enough for me!

  25. Oh my, this is fantastic! All of my favorites – hummus, pumpkin and curry – in one amazing dish. I would have never thought to add almond butter to my hummus either. I can’t wait to give this one a try!

  26. new, old, or anywhere in the middle…still some yummy stuff! it’s new to me.

  27. Well, it sounds pretty original to me! They all must have heard about yours! It looks yummy 😛

  28. I love that you used the word ruminate both literally and figuratively. I’m an English major and when I found out that word had both meanings it gave me a strange giddy pleasure. Since then I’ve ruminated in both forms many times, and would love to make some pumpkin hummus as well!

  29. I don’t really care if it sounds original, because it definitely sounds awesome!!

  30. Your hummus looks incredible!! I can’t wait to try your recipe! It seems quite original, and quite wonderful, to me – I’ve never heard of pumpkin hummus before! 🙂 I think you’re quite brilliant for thinking of the idea!

    The philosophical nature of your post absolutely made my day – reminded me of my lit theory courses… 🙂

  31. Fabulous flavors here. i love hummus & i try to make different varieties.. like red pepper, curry.. sundried tomatoes etc.. this one is soo awesome. I love the way you wrapped it in greens!!

  32. Thanks, Ricki 🙂
    She’s one ridiculously irresistible puppy. I always try to get things done, but I can’t seem to resist her cute little face.
    As for the coconut milk, you can give it a try. I would suggest thickening it quite a bit with corn starch first. Another idea (unless you’re avoiding nuts) would be to blend cashews, almonds and water into a milkshake consistency, and use that in it’s place.
    Love the new layout and this inventive hummus recipe!

  33. I love pumpkin and I love hummus so I’m definitely going to need to try this! I’m HUGE on pumpkin in the fall but there’s no reason not to all year round!

  34. Ah, yes. That happened to me when I thought I had invented the internet! 🙂

    This hummus sounds like a perfect combination of ingredients, and it looks so gourmet!

    Your conversations with the Nurse and the CFO are hilarious! You have the best sense of humor – and that’s not just my imagination. There is no spoon! 😛

  35. I love your flashback stories. You always have me laughing as I read along. And although some people may have encountered pumpkin hummus, this is a first for me, so thanks!

  36. i love love love variations on hummus and yours sounds awesome!

    my favorite restaurant in nyc is sacred chow (vegan) and they make a ‘hummus of the day’ so they always have variations and twists! the favorite one i tried… peanut hummus! sooo good!

  37. I love the philosophical nature of this post! And as for the pumpkin hummus – delicious. I must try it! I need to get some more chickpeas though, and a better curry powder. Regardless of if you were the first person to create pumpkin hummus or not it’s still a great creation!

  38. I like the new digs!!

  39. Lovely. If if makes you feel any better, I’D never heard of pumpkin hummus. I have chickpeas on the stove as we speak and leftover sweet potato puree in the fridge from your filling. I am now tempted to try sweet potato hummus…

  40. Oh how I love reading your posts! Along with being an awesome cookbook author, I have a feeling you’d write some wonderful novels as well.

    I can’t wait to make this hummus. Yum!

  41. Hey, I do something akin to this with chunks of preserved lemon and roasted pumpkin. Mine comes via Stephanie Alexander, Australian superstar cook.

    Hope you get off that CD soon, love. Sounds right difficult.

  42. I meant ACD. Not CD.


  43. this looks fantastic – there is a pumpkin hummus that I love buyibg from the supermarket but it wasn’t there when I looked for it this week – so you have inspired me to make some of my own when I get some time

    I laughed at the idea that HH is a figment of your imagination so you could eat more. Maybe that is the case in our place and why I eat so much stuff myself (very like the film Fight Club)

  44. I was reading thinking “hey, I’ve made pumpkin hummus lots of times!” I’ve decided there are no new recipes, they’ve all been thought up and done, somewhere by someone. Oh, well. I think pumpkin hummus is the smoothest, creamiest, best hummus ever. I LOVE your low fat version!

  45. Hey, you could say, great minds think alike! I never ever thought to put pumpkin in hummus, but it sounds fabulous and now I have to try it!

  46. This is beautiful, Ricki!

  47. That last bit made me giggle… “more hummus for me!”

  48. Clever post. Yeah, Keanu Reeves is cuter than Descartes, huh?! 🙂
    I have been planning to make hummus for a while now. Not that I haven’t made it before, just that I want to make good hummus, hummus I like better than what I can buy ready-made. This recipe sounds like a good one try! I like all of the flavors involved and the combination is new to me.

  49. Sounds delicious and savory, Ricki. I like the philosophical discourse as well. 😉

  50. You’ll always be an original in my book, Ricki!

  51. ooh, love the pics up top! and i had no idea that that idea had a name! but i don’t know if i ever thought about it too much. anywho, i made pumpkin hummus and fell in love, it was SO light and fluffy! love the curry addition 🙂

  52. The tahini has been replenished, the chickpeas rescued from the fridge and the pumpkin opened! OMG – This Pumkin Hummus is sooo good. No almond butter on hand so used cashew butter; it all got a bit thick and bogged down the blender so I added the juice of a lemon and then some water. It’s a good thing the husband is off golfing because I’m sure I have dragon breath. This has to be one of the ‘most perfect foods’ ever. Thanks so much!

  53. Hah, I thought I was a GENIOUS when I put veggie hot dogs in sushi, until I posted about it and was informed that it’s actually a pretty common thing to do. Either way, I think this looks very original! I like that there’s no oil.

  54. Just wondering what kind of leafy greens you used for this wrap? I’m trying to incorporate more raw greens into our diet and thought that was a new idea for wraps. The hummus with pumpkin does sound wonderful, and I’ve never heard of that either.

  55. I’m glad you linked back to this one in the archives in your most recent post.. WOW! Very original indeed, and some of my favorite flavors. How can I resist?

  56. what a great idea and yes, so original. i can’t wait to try it!

  57. Your writing is so enjoyable to read. I just stumbled upon this old post in my quest to find a use for a partial can of pumpkin I have lingering in my refrigerator. Problem solved!


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