Sunday, November 15, 2009


After almost a year and a half in this Arabic land, we decided to bring some simple Arabic cuisine on to the blog. Hommos is definitely the easiest to make and regularly available food anywhere in the Arab world. In fact, the khuboos (Arabic bread) and Hommos combo is the staple food here.

Serves 4


Chickpeas 1 cup (200 g)
Warm water
Olive oil 4 tsps
Tahini (sesame seed paste/nuvvulu paste) ½ cup
Lemon juice 2 tsps
Cumin powder (jeera powder) 1 tsp
Lemon salt (optional)
Salt to taste


Soak 1 cup chick peas(kabuli chana) for 18 to 20 hours i.e overnight.

Boil the chick peas in warm water for almost an hour or more, that is until they turn tender and soft.

Leave to cool. Grind into a fine paste the boiled chick pea’s along with ½ a cup of tahini and salt to taste. Tahini is sesame seeds paste that is available in the supermarkets. (To prepare tahini at home, roast a cup of sesame seeds and grind with 1/4th cup of vegetable oil into a smooth paste. Store in a glass, air tight jar. We have however not tried preparing tahini at home.)

To the ground chick pea paste add olive oil, 2 tsps lemon juice, a tsp of cumin powder(optional), salt if required to be adjusted and mix. Serve as is or garnish with chopped spring onions and serve.

Incase the hommos is to be stored for 2 days and more, add lemon salt or citric acid, mix well and keep in the refrigerator frozen.

Hommos is ideally had with khuboos, the Arabic bread. Hommos itself is also had as a salad. Hommos is anyway a part of every Arabian menu, a welcome relief for vegetarians. So, the next time you are touring an arab country, you know what to ask for!


Pavan said...

yummy.... remember the sandwiches in jordan!!!

Anonymous said...

kusherie is also a healthy and easy thing to make :) ... anyway, DXB lo chaala places to explore for food unlike the real middle east/NA :P. ~ Ramesh.

sravani.dinesh said...

hw abt in other parts of da world? which would go with it?

Vamsi said...

very nice!

Pratnee said...

@ Pavan: Yes I do!!! whooo

@Ramesh: Yea, dxb is way far foddie:)

@Sravani: You could try it with rotis or bread

@Vamsi: Thank you

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