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Hummus (garbanzo beans) with spices

Quick tidbit– When I refer to hummus in this post, I am speaking of garbanzo beans or chick peas which in Arabic are called–hummus.

When we walked through the Medan in Damascus, (shopping near in laws) the streets were alive with the sights and sounds of the Middle East. It was actually more like something out of a movie but true to life. Spices, falafal, fresh lamb hanging outside of shops, Busa (ice cream) and fried Shawarma sandwiches. Men stood outside of their shops watching the t.v. above them, engrossed in the latest soap opera that was trending around Syria. One very simple food that would not make the list of exciting and interesting, is this garbanzo bean treat. In years past beans were cooked, salted, seasoned and scooped up for a few coins. My son, Abdullah remembered this when I made dry garbanzo beans for Falafal. He asked if he could take some and immediately added the spices he had remembered when visiting Taita’s (Grama) house.

Note

When I made this dish I used dry garbanzo beans, soaked them and boiled them, you can use canned beans as well. I will not explain soaking or cooking in this post but I am adding the option of using dry beans for those who are accustomed to preparing them.

Directions and ingredients

1 can garbanzo beans, drained

1 Tbs. fresh parsley minced

2 cloves garlic minced or pressed

1 Tbs. lemon juice or to taste

1/4 tsp. cumin

1 tbs. olive oil

salt to taste

I usually use warm beans from my large pot of cooked beans that I make for other recipes, so you can heat your beans if you prefer them warm. Β Heat beans, add the lemon juice, salt, cumin, garlic, parsley and gently mix, add olive oil and stir. These measurements are purely based on taste. You might add more or less salt, lemon juice, cumin and garlic.

This simple treat is delightful and in our family eaten as is, or with Arabic bread.

Pictures of visit to Syria 2008

 

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151 Comments Post a comment
  1. Looks wonderful Lynz! I fancy some just now, mmmm…πŸ˜‹

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    January 28, 2016
  2. Such perfection in simplicity! Gorgeous dish πŸ™‚
    And of course, I love the photo of the spice souk x

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    January 28, 2016
  3. What is falafal? This sounds very good and healthy! Nice photos! (Sadly, my ipad only downloaded a few of them).

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    January 28, 2016
  4. I LOVE beans and legumes and hummus! YUMMMM! I will definitely try. πŸ™‚

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    January 28, 2016
  5. Thanks for this recipe. It’s so simple too and has one of my favorite spices in it: cumin. πŸ™‚
    Interesting photos. πŸ™‚

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    January 28, 2016
  6. Never thought of leaving the beans whole…the flavor palate is the same. Nice. ☺

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    January 28, 2016
    • haha well I messed up and put the name hummus which is the name for the bean in arabic. I only speak kitchen arabic and so things I learned to cook over there I use their name. In arabic many dishes just hold the name. Such as a green bean stew, called simply green beans! haha

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      January 28, 2016
  7. Looks delicious and lovely pictures

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    January 28, 2016
  8. omtatjuan3 #

    I thought the beans needed to be smashed up to be Hummus, I guess not… You are the wise one on these matters.

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    January 28, 2016
  9. Homemade hummus is 100% better than the stuff you can buy in the stores!! I had never made my own until I met my husband and he introduced me to making it. I’ll have to compare your recipe with his! I love the picture, makes me want to reach across the screen and grab a bite πŸ™‚

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    January 28, 2016
  10. Anonymous #

    I would have never thought. What a great idea.

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    January 28, 2016
  11. That looks yummy! I am used to squishing up the chickpeas when I make hummus (and I add tahini). I didn’t realise they could also be kept whole like this. I’m going to try it!

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    January 28, 2016
    • Sorry the name for this bean in Arabic is hummus so I just put hummus!

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      January 28, 2016
      • Oh, how cool! Okay, now I know. πŸ™‚ I just assumed it was a different way of making the “hummus” that I know, since the spices are mostly the same. I’m still going to try it!

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        January 28, 2016
        • I don’t speak arabic well at all, but let’s say kitchen Arabic, haha so I still think of words in that way especially things I never used before cooking middle eastern food haha. thanks so much for stopping by!

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          January 28, 2016
          • Yeah, that makes sense to me, I am the same with the things I learned when I was living in Holland and first learned in Dutch. Kind of funny, though! πŸ™‚

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            January 28, 2016
          • That is so funny!

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            January 29, 2016
  12. This looks delicious! Wow, that spice shop…how interesting! Great pics πŸ™‚

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    January 28, 2016
  13. One of my favourite things to gorge on!! Thank you for this marvellous post. ❀️

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    January 28, 2016
  14. Yummy dish! lovely pics

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    January 28, 2016
  15. Great photos Lynz! The streets have a slight resemblance with India.Thanks a lot for sharing πŸ™‚

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    January 28, 2016
  16. Love cold/room temp chick peas, especially on a salad. Have had them warmed up on occasion. This sounds like one of those times!

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    January 28, 2016
  17. Hi Lynz. chickpeas aka garbanzo beans are so versatile-roast and season, smashed in hummus-floating in broth-you name it. Healthy and nutritious! Fun…xoxoxoxo

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    January 28, 2016
  18. Me on a plate! Delicious. I have such an obsession with chickpeas that my second daughter was nicknamed Chickapea and had a song ‘composed’ which we all used to belt out to calm her as a baby. No wonder she upped and moved to Malaysia at the first opportunity πŸ˜‰

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    January 28, 2016
  19. Love to have hummus. Good for health, filling and they taste so good. πŸ™‚

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    January 28, 2016
  20. This sounds wonderful Lynn. And I always enjoy seeing the pictures. πŸ™‚

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    January 28, 2016
  21. Hello. I’ve just stumbled across your blog from your comment on Elaine’s at Foodbod πŸ™‚ What a lovely looking plate of hummus (just asked my hubby who speaks Arabic who confirmed that both chickpeas & houmous are called hummus- I can’t believe I never knew that so thank you!) I love all your photos too… reminds me of so many places in the Middle East πŸ™‚

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    January 28, 2016
    • I felt silly posting it but forgot oops, the things I learned while cooking authentic middle eastern food, I then call by that name. There is a dish, fussilia, which is a stew but it is called fussulia-green beans haha just the way it is! Ask you hubby haha thanks for coming by!

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      January 28, 2016
  22. Oh really i never knew that hummus is just garbanzo beans and not the hummus(paste) that is used everywhere now. This sounds very delicious.

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    January 28, 2016
  23. Hi, Lynn! I love those beans! The food is so much more healthy than the chemical stuff in the western world. Oh, and I love the photos! πŸ’–

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    January 28, 2016
  24. yum! so simple! It’s funny, I bought a can yesterday as it was on sale, this will be perfect! πŸ™‚

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    January 28, 2016
  25. lol @ grown men watching soaps!

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    January 28, 2016
  26. Love the hummus recipe! And great pictures! That restaurant looks very interesting!

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    January 28, 2016
  27. Wow! Looks great! Super awesome recipe!

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    January 28, 2016
  28. I could so eat a big bowl of these warm beans right now! They look so yummy! And thanks for more photos of Saudi, it’s interesting to see life over there. πŸ™‚

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    January 28, 2016
  29. Anonymous #

    Looks delicious!

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    January 28, 2016
  30. That looks so good!

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    January 28, 2016
  31. Vajeea #

    I love chickpeas! Your hummus looks soooo deeelicious!

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    January 28, 2016
  32. It looks yummy and, I think it will go well with roti … πŸ™‚ Thanks for the recipe… πŸ™‚

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    January 28, 2016
  33. I’ve made hummus twice in the last week. My recipe (from a Palestinian friend) is almost identical to yours. I add more lemon, perhaps another whole tablespoon.

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    January 28, 2016
  34. Nice! I’ll try this out πŸ™‚

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    January 28, 2016
  35. Yummmmm! I so wish you had a cooking show! ❀️. Love looking at the pics into your life! ❀️

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    January 28, 2016
  36. Love it Lynn, garbanzo’s are so wonderful a perfect food good. I love how you prepared them here.

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    January 28, 2016
  37. I’ve been dying to try hummus. Your recipe seems simple enough, I think I will give it a shot πŸ™‚ I like your pics, it’s nice to see pictures of Syria that are not about war.

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    January 28, 2016
  38. Lynz, though I am glad you are not in that horrible environment (with the person) do you ever miss the culture or atmosphere of these places? I am so impressed with your absorbing the beautiful parts of it, including the foods.

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    January 28, 2016
    • I do miss some parts! I got married at age 20 so spent most of my life in the middle eastern culture! Then moved to Saudi, visited in- laws in Syria! they were important people in my life, I loved them! So, I feel we were forced out of our home by his extreme behavior which is what he did to his next wife. She was also forced to leave and live in a day care with no money from him! She had a small child. I miss holidays like Ramadan, I miss the lights they put on the palm trees, not having to worry about bills, broken down car, etc. But i am free to at least think and walk and drink a cup of coffee. I also had 5 kids in Saudi and met so many amazing people. so, I miss those times in ways. thanks for asking Colleen!! xx

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  39. Yummm!

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    January 28, 2016
  40. Yummy! I live hummus / chick peas πŸ™‚

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    January 28, 2016
  41. We love Hummus! I currently have 3 flavors in the fridge. None homemade! I’ve never tried making it before.

    When you make it from dried beans do you use the stock pot method or a pressure cooker to cook the beans?
    Seriously, I’d probably start with canned beans before trying it from dried beans though!

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    January 28, 2016
    • I have a recipe for regular hummus and trust me it is super simple! I posted it a long time ago, it’s under middle eastern recipes, appetizers. You can add different flavors if you like, mine is the standard type sold in the middle east. I use a can for that simple recipe unless I am making the beans for other stuff as well. I soak the beans and then cook them. I know there are other methods for soaking them faster etc. But yes maybe a can for now and then progress? Trust me you will think it’s so easy!

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      January 29, 2016
  42. Garbanzo beans with spices looks delicious Lynn and good photos too.
    I use to make my own hummus, the one we blend with sesam and oil, which is very delicious and usable to much food.

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    January 28, 2016
  43. This looks very nice. It is what I call unmashed humous without techina. I didn’t realize that it was a real dish! Looks great! Yum!

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    January 28, 2016
  44. Simply reading about what you saw walking through the streets leaves me drooling! Love the simplicity of this dish..can’t wait to try it!

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    January 28, 2016
  45. Wow looks wonderful Lynn…

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    January 29, 2016
  46. So simple and delicious! Love the spices, lemon, herbs… I can practically taste this right now! The colors of the hummus match the landscape as well…

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    January 29, 2016
    • Can you believe I had never really eaten garbanzo beans, eggplant, cilantro etc. these are all things used so much in middle eastern cooking and for my kids just everyday ingredients among many other interesting ingredients! Thanks Jean!

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      January 29, 2016
  47. Simple is perfect ! I love this. I am soaking chickpeas now (garbanzo beans…did you know I did not know that chickpeas were garbanzo beans!) xxx

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    January 29, 2016
  48. Kay #

    Great share! It’s been so long since I made hummus, I usually just pick up a tub from the supermarket these days, but your recipe reminded me of how simple and delicious it is to do it yourself!

    Also lovely pics!

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    January 30, 2016
  49. Mmmm!!!

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    February 1, 2016

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