During the winter months I regularly make variations of this hummus for our gardening courses. The choice of squash varies – this winter I have used Uchiki Kuri, Crown Prince and Marina di Chioggia with either homegrown Czar beans or chickpeas. It is delicious – thick, rich, full of flavour and a beautiful golden orange. Later, I will use early broad beans with the last of the winter squashes to make this adaptable tasty hummus.
I’ve been asked for the recipe so many times that I promised to share it here.
The Czar beans are a type of runner bean, very easy to grow and dry.
This recipe makes quite a lot of hummus. It keeps well in the fridge; I also freeze small portions for another time. You’ll need:
2 cups cooked Czar beans or chick peas (soaked overnight and then boiled until tender) – plus more for topping (optional)
2 cups roasted squash – a sweet, nutty variety tastes best
1/2 cup tahini
2 cloves garlic, chopped
juice of one lemon
water or reserved chickpea cooking liquid
1/4 cup olive oil plus extra for drizzling
1 tsp ground coriander seed
1 tsp ground cumin seeds
a small bunch of fresh coriander and/or parsley – plus more to sprinkle on the top (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
smoked paprika (optional)
A food processor – mine is a Magimix – or blender, or a stick blender
Put everything except the smoked paprika and water/cooking liquid into a food processor and whizz.
Drizzle the water carefully through the spout in the lid as the ingredients are blending, until everything is thoroughly processed and it has the consistency that you want. Some people prefer a thicker hummus, others a smoother one.
Spoon into a dish…
The hummus is tasty straight from the food processor, but I like to decorate it too. Here, I have topped the hummus with more cooked beans, finely chopped herbs, smoked paprika and a final drizzle of olive oil.
If you have a less flavoursome squash, add more spices to increase the depth of flavour – cinnamon, turmeric or chilli powder.
9 thoughts on “Roasted squash and Czar bean hummus”
That looks delicious, trying it out tomorrow, thanks you Steph. x
another great way to use squash .. thanks, steph
I’m really looking forward to your book, and thanks for the hummus recipe, I usually add some sweetpotato to mine but not tried squash. I’m hoping to grow some this year so will need 1000 ways to use it.
Thank you Chickpea! There are so many ways of using squash 🙂 When I make this I usually chop and roast the whole squash, then use some for the hummus, some in a cold squash salad (with roasted onions, garlic, whatever I have in the kitchen) and some in a thick veg soup.
That looks delicious! Thanks for sharing! Will definitely give it a go.
Definitely going to try this!
It is very delicious 🙂
Do you have a preferred brand of tahini? I made some today (but forgot to buy the spices! duh) and my tahini seemed quite bland.
I don’t, I mainly use organic brands but nothing specific