Challenging Arts & Crafts

Hummus + Recipe - Mercy´s Version

There are probably hundreds of recipe-versions of this dip...I have learned to make hummus from a lebanese lady I knew while we lived in Africa in the mid 80´s...a very popular Middle Eastern appetizer, as a dip, it can be served with pita bread or any white bread, this one is my version....

A colorful way to use this platter, it gives contrasting color when serving hummus....from Gmünder



200 gms (1 cup) chickpeas, soaked in cold water with 1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
3 cloves crushed garlic
1/2 cup of tahini paste (sesame paste)
1 juice of lemon,
4 tablespoons olive oil to add to the paste and a bit for garnishing the top.
1 tsp. ground cumin, a dash of cayenne pepper ( optional if you want to make it a bit sharp).
1 tsp sweet paprika and a bit to garnish the top
fine salt to taste.2 tbsp chopped parsley, 1 thinly slice onion to garnish
150 gms. ground beef..


1. In a container filled with enough water, soak the chick peas overnight, drain and put in a large saucepan covering the peas with water. Bring to boil and reduce the heat to low and cook for 1 hour until the peas are very tender... It will take about 30-40 minutes if you use the pressure cooker.

2. Drain the cooked chick peas and reserve some liquid for later use.

3.Put the chick peas + the juice of the lemon in a food processor, blend it until it resembles a paste, add the tahini and the olive oil and crushed garlic, blend well until the paste becomes very fine. If needed, add the reserved liquid if the paste is too thick. add the salt , paprika , cayenne pepper (optional) and cumin and adjust seasoning according to your taste.. set aside.

4. in a pan with 1 tbsp olive oil, stir-fry the ground beef til meat looses its pink color, season to taste....

5. Arrange the hummus paste into a platter leaving the middle portion of the plate free to add the cooked ground beef... add the sliced onion and parsley and sprinkle the olive oil all over so it gets the yellow color as contrast to the paste. Serve with Baguette/ white bread or flat bread (turkish bread) hot or cold...!

Try and enjoy it with your family & friends! Bon Appetit!

Til next,