Monday, 12 December 2016

Fattet humus (chickpeas with spiced yoghurt and pitta bread)

If I was to begin with expressing just how delicious this Middle Eastern starter is, it would not do it justice! It is light yet so delicious - you will have to go back for more until the whole thing is finished. The way I have made it today is thanks to my Syrian friend, who made it once and I just fell in love with how good it tasted! So I obviously enquired how it was made, and thanks to her for sharing the method with me. It is something I highly recommend you try - simple, quick and soo tasty!



Please note, for extra delicious flavour use fresh chickpea which you soak overnight in water and a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda. Then drain out the overnight water and cook the chickpeas for around 3 hours until they soften. However, to make this recipe easy and quick for all to make, I have used canned chickpeas.
  • Skill level: Easy
  • Serves: 6-8 people
  • Time: 15-20 mins
What you will need:


To the right are the optional toppings (missing in the photo is the pomegranate)
1 can chickpeas 
1 pitta bread, opened up, toasted, then broken into bitesize pieces
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
3/4 tsp salt
500ml plain yoghurt
juice of 1 lemon
2-3 tbsp tahini (sesame paste)

Decorating options:

1 tbsp melted ghee
freshly chopped parsley
dry roasted almonds
dry roasted pine nuts
pomegranate seeds

How to make:

1) In a pot, add the chickpeas with the liquid of the can, and bring to a boil over medium heat for 5-10 mins

2) Meanwhile, in a serving dish, add the toasted pitta bread as the first layer

3) Add the chickpeas over the pitta bread with a few tablespoons of the chickpea water to allow the pitta bread to absorb this chickpea liquid (reserve some chickpea liquid for later)

4) In a separate bowl, mash together the garlic and salt until the garlic is well minced. Add to this the yoghurt, lemon juice and the tahini, as well as a few tablespoons of the chickpea liquid to loosen up the yoghurt. Mix well, then pour the mixture over the chickpeas and pitta layers


5) Top with melted ghee as well as any of the decorating options listed above. Serve and enjoy!










This is a starter that will get everyone wanting more! Do note that this dish is best served immediately. You can prepare in advance by preparing each component, but only assemble it in the serving dish once your ready to serve! I do hope you give it a go - let me know if you do. Enjoy :)

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