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Fattet humus (chickpeas with spiced yoghurt and pitta bread)

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  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 pitta bread, toasted, then broken into bitesize pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 0.75 tsp salt
  • 500ml plain yoghurt
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 3 tbsp tahini (sesame paste)
Decorating options
  • 1 tbsp melted ghee
  • 1 handful freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 handful dry roasted almonds
  • 1 handful dry roasted pine nuts
  • 1 handful pomegranate seeds
  • Cooking Time
    10 mins
  • Serving
    Serves 7
  • Skill Level


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!
  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
  5. Add to this bowl 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
  6. 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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