Recipe: Middle Eastern Hummus

Chef Adnan Al Masri shares a trick for making delicious chickpea hummus. Hint: It involves ice.
Hummus is a quintessential Middle Eastern dish, a dip or spread made from mashed chickpeas and blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. Creamy and packed with flavor, it is as delicious as it is nutritious.

Adnan Al Masri, chef of the Four Seasons Hotel Doha shows us his method for making hummus, and shares some neat tricks that will give your homemade hummus a textural boost.

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The base of all hummus is the humble chickpea.
The base of all hummus is the humble chickpea.
Middle Eastern Chickpea Hummus
Recipe Courtesy of Chef  Adnan Al Masri, Four Season Hotel Doha, Qatar

Yield: 10 servings


1,050 grams cooked chickpeas (from a can, or see method below for cooking dried chickpeas)
100 milliliters ice cubes
250 grams tahini
20 grams fine white salt
15 grams lemon salt
50 grams corn oil


To cook dried chickpeas:
1. Soak chickpeas in water overnight, about 10 hours.

2. Simmer in boiling water for about 2 hours; drain and reserve. 

For the hummus:
1. Put the boiled or canned chickpeas into the blender; blend and slowly add ice. The addition of ice lowers the temperature of the blend, helping the hummus hold together better.

2. When the chickpeas have reached a pasty consistency, slowly pour in the tahini and continue to blend until the mixture is very smooth.

3. Add the salt and lemon salt, blending for another 2 minutes. Finally, add the corn oil to the mixture. (Note: the temperature of the hummus should not exceed 5°C during the mixing process.)

4. To serve, drizzle on some extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of sweet paprika.
This article was originally written by Tang Jie and translated by Rachel Tan. Click here to see the original version.
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