Azul’s Sunflower-Seed Hummus


Azul (the beautiful lady in the photograph) was one of the guests at my sister & brother-in-law’s Thanksgiving potluck party that I just posted about. Azul hails from Argentina and she is a software programmer and an artist and she likes to cook and she is very, very nice. It was a case of instant “like” when I met her at the party, and also an instant case of “yum” when I tasted the delicious sunflower seed hummus she had made for the potluck. I loved the taste (nutty & round, a bit peanut-buttery in flavor) and texture (creamy and grainy) of this hummus and while it was served as a dip I can easily imagine it also as a wonderful sandwich spread or even a relish. The good news is that the recipe for sunflower seed hummus recipe is beautifully healthy and simple and Azul is graciously sharing it below as a short and sweet guest-blogger post. Further good news: she has promised a guest post about a Persianized version of an Argentine dish down the road. It’s safe to say that I can not wait! Meanwhile, without further ado, let’s dip into this delicious guest post in Azul’s own words:

Hi everyone!

I learned to make this dip in Nono, Córdoba Province, in Argentina when my violinist friend Marcos invited me to a gathering to meet a group of wonderful people who were also living part of the year in this beautiful location. One thing we all had in common was that we all had lived in different places; loved the arts, music and dance; were interested in eating healthy; and most importantly, our common interest in doing something daily to appreciate nature and life as a way of living and a simple philosophy.

Overlooking the landscape through the kitchen windows I learned how sunflower seeds could become a wonderful hummus bringing the natural oil of the seeds for a smooth texture.

Here is how:
  • In a dry skillet toast lightly the sunflower seeds over medium heat, stirring almost constantly until very light golden-brown.
  • Combine the sunflower seeds and half a teaspoon of sea salt in a blender or food processor.
  • Blend for about two minutes on low until thoroughly mixed.
  • Add a few leafs of greens. These can be basil, parsley, wild arugula, spinach, or any greens that you would like — and add a tablespoon of water
  • Blend for about two minutes and add water as needed to get a smooth texture.



Thank you Azul for this great, simple, healthy recipe with an enchanting history! You guys, be sure to check out Azul’s photographs of the art retreat near Nono and at Los Algarrobos, in the Córdoba Province, Argentina, where this recipe was passed on, and also her artist website.

Back to the recipe: I know I’ll be making a big batch at first opportunity. I tend to enjoy things a little bit on the salty side, so the only revision I’d personally make would be to add a bit more salt. I’d also love to see how it fares mixed in with some dried cranberries. I like that the recipe is versatile enough to add various types of green as well (would love to try it with kale) and I bet it’ll adapt itself well to further improvisation. In any event, I do recommend this recipe heartily!

Thank you again Azul jan!




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Comments (46)

  • Amanda 11 years ago Reply

    Wow what a beautiful recipe and sweet story to go with it. So much of what makes food great is how the recipes travel and the people with which they travel.

    Fig & Quince 11 years ago Reply

    I was quite taken with the story behind it as well, the imagery of it is so pleasing and vivid!

  • tableofcolors 11 years ago Reply

    Thank you for a wonderful and simple recipe…one that I will certainly give a try sometime in the future!

    Fig & Quince 11 years ago Reply

    Agree, it’s good and simple, one of those keepers

  • lizzygoodthings 11 years ago Reply

    So simple and yet so delicious!

  • Racheli Gai 11 years ago Reply

    Hi, One missing detail for the sunflower-seed hummus: The amount of sunflower seeds isn’t specified.
    Many thanks, Racheli.

  • celestedimilla 11 years ago Reply

    What a unique hummus recipe! 🙂

    Fig & Quince 11 years ago Reply

    Hope you’ll give it a try Liz!

  • Johnny Hepburn 11 years ago Reply

    Really good to view some multimedia, even if it’s better in actuality. It’s very seldom they cross into a 2-dimensional form like websites. Still, it’s all inspiring. And I need that right now 🙂
    And what an added bonus! The houmous sounds great.

    Fig & Quince 11 years ago Reply

    Ah, you checked out the website! I agree, I was taken by the multimedia artwork as well. Love the Eggomania one.

  • Bizou 11 years ago Reply

    Thank you & Azoul for sharing this delicious recipe with every one. I can’t wait to make it too.Argentina is a beautiful country with beautiful culture & cuisine, hope we all would be lucky to see more of her recipes.

    Fig & Quince 11 years ago Reply

    Thank you and do give it a try Lyla, would love to hear your spin on it.

  • apuginthekitchen 11 years ago Reply

    Azul you are lovely and thanks to you and Azita for sharing this recipe. Making hummus from sunflower seeds sounds delicious.

    Fig & Quince 11 years ago Reply

    Isn’t she though? She really is! 🙂

  • Lilly Sue 11 years ago Reply

    Yum! I love this unique hummus recipe! Thanks for sharing! Azul is very pretty 🙂

    Fig & Quince 11 years ago Reply

    Nodding in agreement re verdict re both the recipe and Azul! 🙂

  • great idea….I have to do this…I always have sun flower seed and we have water, so it shouldn’t be too testing:)

    Fig & Quince 11 years ago Reply

    Please do! this recipe is the opposite of testing or vexing!

  • Fae's Twist & Tango 11 years ago Reply

    Your friend Azul (meaning blue right?) is a very talented lady. She has a very interesting site, and a delicious dip recipe! Thank you for sharing. 😀

    Fig & Quince 11 years ago Reply

    Happy to hear it dear Fae!

  • Dear Azita,
    what a lovely encounter you made.
    Loving all sort of seeds and hummus this recipes looks heavenly to me!
    Bookmarking and keeping in mind for next dinner party 😉
    Thank you Azul for sharing this.

    Fig & Quince 11 years ago Reply

    bisous bisous Lou! 🙂

  • Gather and Graze 11 years ago Reply

    A lovely guest post and recipe – thanks Azita and Azul! This hummus sounds intriguing and a fabulous dish to bring along to a dinner party!

    Fig & Quince 11 years ago Reply

    Totally random, but last night I had a dream where I met someone who said she was “Gather and Graze” and I hugged her and said awww, can’t believe we’re meeting in person finally. SO WEIRD! You and your blog have obviously totally penetrated my subconscious mind! 😉

    Gather and Graze 11 years ago

    I think we must be destined to meet one day Azita! Somewhere, sometime, somehow… 🙂

  • Susan Edelman 11 years ago Reply

    I love this! It does seem very versatile. Bookmarking now…

    Fig & Quince 11 years ago Reply

    Agreed, love the versatility of it!

  • Sophie33 11 years ago Reply

    A great recipe from what looks like a lovely lady! 🙂 Yummm!

  • mycookinglifebypatty 11 years ago Reply

    Love the idea of using sunflower seeds! I have made salad dressing with them roasted and blended or finely chopped with vinegar. Looks like a perfect recipe for my Vitamix! 🙂

  • Oh that’s an absolutely wonderful recipe! Thank you Azul and Azita! 🙂

  • Francesca 11 years ago Reply

    Thank you for sharing your recipe with us! Your hummus looks super yummy and now I have a new recipe to try out! 🙂

  • Stefano 11 years ago Reply

    What a yummy recipe! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • chef mimi 11 years ago Reply

    oh my, what a simply perfect recipe. Thanks, and please thank Azul as well!

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker 11 years ago Reply

    I don’t think I have ever had hummus made out of sunflower seed. I’m intrigued! Thanks for sharing.

  • Maria Dernikos 11 years ago Reply

    This is a super duper recipe which I will be trying. Thank you.

  • It’s so nice collecting recipes from people you encounter – everytime you make the dish it brings memories of the recipe-giver. This looks delicious and easy. Yum.

  • Petit World Citizen 11 years ago Reply

    Definitely something to try. So versatile, I love it! Merci! ~ Martine

    Fig & Quince 11 years ago Reply

    Je vous ‘en pris! 😉

  • Liz 11 years ago Reply

    I love Azul’s hair. She is beautiful indeed.
    The recipe is simple, straightforward and healthy. I love it. I have to try it. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes!

  • Sophie33 11 years ago Reply

    I made this tasty recipe & loved it too,…It was delectable! x

  • gypsymoonsilverspoon 11 years ago Reply

    Oh I am so happy I found this blog! My best friend growing up was Persian, and I miss her families dinners (and her) so much! Thanks for sharing, I will definitely being staying tuned for more!

    Fig & Quince 11 years ago Reply

    Love hearing this! Welcome Toni or as we say, khoosh amadi 🙂 – azita

  • Melissa 11 years ago Reply

    Looks delicious!!! 🙂

  • Mary Frances 11 years ago Reply

    A beautifully written guest post! And, what a great idea for an appetizer at my next holiday party! Sounds easy and nutritious.

  • Yum!

  • laurasmess 11 years ago Reply

    What a gorgeously simple and delicious dip/spread! I’ve never thought to use sunflower seeds in hummus but I’m definitely going to give this a try over the holiday season. So healthy too, no added oil or any other fats. Yum, thanks Azul and Azita! x

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