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Hummus with Lamb

Hummus topped with aromatic lamb mince. A starter or a small meal, this is a show stopper hummus. If you haven't tried this before, you're in for a real treat
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, starter
Cuisine appertizers, lamb, middle Estern
Servings 8
Calories 325 kcal



  • 250 g ground lamb mince
  • ½ brown onion finely diced
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp paprika powder
  • tsp ▢ 1/8 tsp cinnamon powder
  • ¼ tsp ▢ 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt


  • 400 g tin chickpeas drained
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 ▢ 1 garlic clove
  • ▢ Juice of ½ a small lemon
  • 2 tbsp tahini sesame paste
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ▢ Salt and pepper


  • 1 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp parsley finely chopped
  • ▢ Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling


  • Place a pan over medium high heat. Add pine nuts and toast until golden. Remove pine nuts from pan and set aside.


  • Return pan to stove (still on medium high heat) and add olive oil.
  • Add onion and cook until translucent (2 minutes). Then turn up the heat to high, add mince, spices and salt. Cook, breaking up the mince into small pieces, until browned and cooked through (3 minutes).
  • Set aside and cover so it doesn't dry out. Bring it to room temperature.


  • Place all ingredients except salt in a food processor or blender and process until smooth.
  • Taste before adding salt and pepper. Different brands of chick peas have different levels of saltiness. Also adjust acidity with lemon juice, if required.
  • Use water to adjust the consistency to a tomato sauce (ketchup) like consistency. This consistency is "proper" hummus. In the Middle East, hummus is not the thick consistency that is typical of store bought hummus in Western countries, it is thinner.


  • Spread hummus on a plate, using the back of a spoon to create "swirls".
  • Top with lamb mince, scatter over the pine nuts and sprinkle with parsley. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Serve with pita bread.


This recipe is sponsored by Mediterranean Supermarket 
Keyword lamb, Lamb dish