Authentic Lebanese Hummus

Growing up, I still remember going over to my grandparent's house every week for home cooked meals. My mom's side of the family is Lebanese, so dishes such as tabouleh, fatayer, and baba ghanoush made regular appearances on our dinner plates. As a child, I don't think I understood just how much time and effort went into preparing these large meals made up of so many dishes. Nowadays, I have a newfound appreciation for my elders, as some days I struggle just to put together a smoothie for breakfast!

For those of you who don't know me personally, let me explain my incredibly huge Lebanese family. We are all spread out between BC and Quebec, but every two years my family holds a reunion where almost 200 of us gather to catch up. Ever since I was little, I always looked forward to these reunions. No matter how busy we all are, there is a huge group of us that almost always shows up, and that's something that I think is so special.


Among my family, we have many gifted chefs who have released cookbooks on the art of Middle Eastern cuisine. I am lucky enough to have had these recipes passed down, so I can recreate the dishes I enjoyed as a child. Today's recipe was created by my great Uncle Habeeb Salloum, an author specializing in food, history and travel. At 93 years old he has had over 2,500 articles published, in addition to his 10 books and 20 chapters in books.

When I first came to Toronto, Habeeb and his daughter Muna (my cousin) had me over several times for amazing Lebanese food. Since none of my immediate family was living in Toronto at the time, it was such a treat to be welcomed into their home and fed a home cooked meal. Habeeb is my grandma's brother, so many of the recipes he created reminded me of the dishes she used to make me as a little girl.

I remember being shown Habeeb's cookbooks when I was younger, but back then I definitely did not realize how accomplished he was as an author. His recipes have been published in the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Countryside & Small Stock Journal magazine, and Forever Young Information magazine - just to name a few. Several of his books have won international awards, including the book this hummus recipe came from:  The Arabian Nights Cookbook: From Lamb Kebabs to Baba Ghanouj, Delicious Homestyle Middle Eastern Cooking which won "Best Arab Cuisine" for the U.S. Gourmand Best in the World Competition. You can purchase this book, along with many of his other cookbooks, over on Amazon by clicking here.

In the future, I would love to share more Middle Eastern recipes with you, but today I decided to stick with a basic that most people know and love: hummus. Hummus has become so popular, as it is recognized within several cultures as a signature dish. Nowadays there are so many variations of this appetizer popping up - avocado hummus, beet hummus, sweet potato hummus - you name it! When it comes to hummus, I definitely don't discriminate, but I don't think you can ever go wrong with traditional, Middle Eastern hummus. If you're looking to get more adventurous, this recipe also makes a great base for experimenting if you want to add other vegetables or flavours to it.

The great thing about hummus is that it is so easy to make, and loved by so many. If you are somebody who gets intimidated by lengthy recipes, and weird ingredients, hummus is a great place to start! In this recipe, I found it best to only add the water if necessary. I like my hummus super creamy, so I didn't add any water until after I blended the ingredients first, and then I added a couple tablespoons to help it mix in the blender. Make sure you follow the directions and only put two out of the four tablespoons of olive oil IN the mix - the other two tablespoons are to drizzle on top. Enjoy!

Hummus bi-Tahini - Chickpea Puree
Makes 2 cups

This now world famous Arab dish is to be found ready-to-serve in many western supermarkets. Almost without exception, every Middle Eastern appetizer table features this healthy and tasty food.

-2 cups cooked chickpeas 
-1/4 cup water 
-4 tablespoons tahini 
-4 tablespoons lemon juice 
-2 cloves garlic, crushed 
-3/4 teaspoon salt 
-1/4 teaspoon cumin 
-pinch of cayenne 
-4 tablespoons olive oil 
-1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley 

Place chickpeas, water, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt, cumin, cayenne and 2 teaspoons of the oil in a blender; then blend into thick paste. (If a thinner consistency is desired, add more water.) Place in a shallow platter and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Just before serving, decorate with parsley; then sprinkle with remaining oil.

How do you like your hummus? Comment below and let me know!

With love,

27 comments :

  1. I want to eat this right now! looks so tasty!


    kelseybang.com

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    1. It is! The best hummus! You should definitely give it a shot.

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  2. I love making hummus at home! I made the sundered tomato one from Oh She Glows the other day and I'm obsessed with it!
    xo
    Siffat
    http://icingandglitter.com

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    1. That sounds so yummy! I love Oh She Glows so I'll definitely have to try that one sometime too!

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  3. Looks so yummy ! I have to try it one day ! Thanks for sharing !
    Have a great dy !
    Nina
    xox
    www.thecrispylipstick.com

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    1. You're so welcome!! You should definitely give it a try! Let me know how it turns out if you do :)

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  4. Looks so good! Thanks for sharing this one!


    Lisa Linh
    https://www.bylisalinh.com/blog/2017/3/27/the-perfect-travel-duo-with-botkier

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    1. You are so welcome! It really is delicious!

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  5. It looks so good! I love hummus and it is so easy to make yourself. I'll try your recipe this week!
    xxx from Copenhagen, www.silverstories.dk

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    1. Exactly - delicious, easy to make and healthy too!! Definitely let me know how it goes, I would love to know how you like it!

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    1. It really is! Thanks for having a read!

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  7. What an amazing post dear!
    The food looks suuuper tasty!
    Have a lovely day,
    Emma
    www.emmalovesfashion.com

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    1. Thanks so much girl! Same to you :)

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  8. Oh I am the biggest hummus lover ever! This recipe sounds so amazing and I will definitely try it out :) Thanks for sharing babe <3
    xx, Carmen - http://www.carmitive.com

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    1. Yay!! Thanks for having a read! Let me know how you like it for sure.

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  9. So yummyy!! Makes me hangry
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
    NEW POST: BOHEMIAN STYLE IN PARIS

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    1. Right?? I always get so hungry looking at food pics too!

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    1. It is! You should try it out sometime!

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  11. This looks so amazing, I would love too give this a try sometime!

    Annessa
    www.seekingsunshine.com

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    1. You definitely should! Let me know how you like it if you do :)

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  12. This looks absolutely delicious and it sounds like you have a wonderful large family! Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. It really is! You should give it a try sometime. I love my big family!

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