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Houmous is a very traditional dish in the Middle East; this Syrian version is the one Imad Alarnab used to make at home. We serve the houmous warm and top it with a tahini sauce for a fresh finish.

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  • Serves4
  • CourseAccompaniment
  • Prepare20 mins
  • Cook45 mins
  • Total time1 hr 5 mins
  • Plusovernight soaking

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  • 250g dried chickpeas
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • ½ lemon, juice
  • 1 medium tomato, roughly chopped
  • ¼ x 25g pack flat leaf parsley, leaves only
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Flatbreads, to serve

For the tahini sauce:

  • tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 50g tahini
  • Squeeze lemon juice


  1. Before you start cooking, soak the chickpeas in large bowl of water for 24 hours. Make sure the chickpeas are completely submerged – you may need to top up the water.

  2. 2 To make the tahini sauce, combine the yogurt and garlic in a medium bowl; season. Add the tahini and lemon juice, then mix until combined. If the sauce is too thick, gradually add 25-35ml cold water to make it thinner but still creamy.

  3. Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Drain and rinse the soaked chickpeas, then boil briskly for 45-50 minutes, until soft. Drain, reserving 150ml of the water, then tip into a large bowl. Use the back of a large spoon (or a potato masher) to mash the chickpeas, adding a little of the reserved water, if needed, to loosen. Add the cumin, salt, paprika, garlic and lemon juice; mix until combined. Spoon into a serving dish and top with the tahini sauce. Scatter over the tomato and parsley, drizzle with the oil and serve with the flatbreads for dipping.


Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe


1,995kJ/ 476kcals



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