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Humus msabah حمص مسبح - Lebanese style chickpea breakfast

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  • 2 x 300g tinned can chickpeas
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 0.5 tbsp salt
  • 0.5 lemon, juiced
  • 0.5 tbsp cumin
  • 0.25 tbsp black pepper
  • 0.25 tbsp cinnamon
  • olive oil
  • Optional: tahini, chilli sauce, chopped parsley for decoration
  • Cooking Time
    10 mins
  • Serving
    Serves 3
  • Skill Level


It is quite difficult to explain what humus msabah literally means, as it is basically humus floating - or something along those lines! What you can guarantee though is a delicious quick breakfast, using hardly any effort or ingredients. What we do is soak chickpeas overnight, then divide them up into smaller portions and freeze them. If you do this, it means you have access to delicious chickpeas whenever you want.
  1. In a small pot, add the chickpeas fill up water to immerse them. Place over medium/high heat and bring to the boil
  2. In the meantime, in a bowl, mince the garlic with the salt. Add the lemon juice followed by the cumin, black pepper and cinnamon. Add a few tbsp from the chickpea liquid and mix the content of the bowl well
  3. Add the softened chickpeas into the bowl, adding the liquid from the chickpeas to form a desired consistency (you can have it less or more runny). Add the olive oil over it, and the optional tahini, chilli sauce and parsley to decorate, then serve

You eat this with arabic style bread. We always have pitta bread in the freezer waiting to be heated. Enjoy! :)


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