Hummus, hummus, hummus…
What can I say about this tasty, healthy, easy-to-make and versatile dish? Ups, almost said it all!
It’s a must in any respectful middle eastern mezze platter. That’s because hummus goes well with nearly everything: carrot, cucumber, celery… as well as with lamb, kibbe, falafel, pita bread or any bread!
I had the opportunity to eat hummus in the many countries from different cuisines, Israeli, Palestinian, Turkish, Lebanese… And I can tell you, even with slightly variations, you can’t go wrong with this dish.
In one of my trips to Israel, among so many scrumptious food, I was eating hummus almost every single day! When in rome do as the romans do, right? hahha. And I remember two places in particular, one in the Old City of Jaffa (by the port) and the other one, in Old City of Jerusalem.
Old Jerusalem and the Abu Shukrin
Old Jerusalem doesn’t need any introduction, it’s an astonish city, a melting pot of cultures, food and traditions. I’ve been there twice and I’m certainly looking forward to my next trip.
I lined up for almost an hour in from of a restaurant called Abu Shukri. It’s famous for having the best hummus and falafel in Jerusalem.
The Old Jaffa Port
Jaffa is one of the most enchanting and ancient places in Israel. Its port has more than 4,000 years and goes all the way back to the Bronze Age. Extraordinary site! This port has been a witness of important historical events and tales, for instance, remember the famous Bible story of Jonah and the Whale? It took place there, at the Old Jaffa Port.
You know what else can you find at the Old Jaffa Port? Restaurants where you can taste an amazing hummus while enjoying the ancient port view. I’ve been to one of them with my sister some years ago for a mezze feast, The Old Man and the Sea.
- Blender or Food Processor.
- 1 can chickpeas (240g drained)
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 5 tbsp tahini
- 1 lemon
- Drain the chickpeas. Blitz them with 100g of warm water until smooth.
- Add the garlic powder, the tahini and the juice of one lemon. Blitz them into smooth.
- Check the taste and consistency. Add more lemon juice or water if you like your hummus tangy and loose.