Hummus With Spiced Lamb (Hummus B’lahmeh) Recipe

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The Lebanese Recipes Kitchen (The home of delicious Lebanese Recipes and Middle Eastern food recipes) invites you to try Hummus with spiced lamb (hummus b’lahmeh) recipe. Enjoy the Middle Eastern Cuisine and learn how to make Hummus with spiced lamb (hummus b’lahmeh).

Versions of this comforting dish are made throughout the Middle East.

Serves 6-8
Preparation 20min
Cooking 10min
Skill level Easy

Phoebe Wood


2 x 400 g can chickpeas, rinsed, drained
140 g (½ cup) tahini (see Note)
125 ml (½ cup) lemon juice
175 ml olive oil
4 garlic cloves, crushed
200 g minced lamb
1 tsp ground allspice
½ tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp pomegranate molasses, plus extra, to serve
chopped flat-leaf parsley, pomegranate seeds and toasted pita bread, to serve

Cook’s notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


Cooling time 5 mins

Place chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, 150 ml oil and 2 garlic cloves in a food processor and process until combined. Add 60 ml warm water and continue to process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and set aside.

Heat remaining 25 ml oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add remaining garlic and lamb and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, for 8 minutes or until lamb is browned all over. Stir in spices and continue to cook for a further 2 minutes. Stir in pomegranate molasses and season. Allow to cool slightly, then spoon lamb mixture over hummus. Scatter with parsley, pomegranate seeds and drizzle with extra pomegranate molasses. Serve with pita bread.

• Tahini is available from delis, greengrocers and Middle Eastern food shops.

Photography by Chris Chen & Steve Brown

As seen in Feast magazine, Mar 2014, Issue 29. For more recipes and articles, pick up a copy of this month’s Feast magazine.

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