Hummus Beirut

January 31, 2013  •  Category:

A great recipe from chef Marlene Matar’s latest book Maedat Marlene men Halab, a cookbook devoted to dishes from Aleppo (Syria); she calls this hummus Beiruti which means from Beirut, however she writes that the hummus is also called from Aleppo. I guess it straddles the two cities and that’s fine with us.  Perfect dish for the SuperBowl. I loved this recipe because it meant I could use up some of these cucumber pickles that had been languishing in the fridge for (ahemm..) months. 


  • 2 cups of ready-made hummus (homemade or storebought and doctored up to taste yummy) (250 g.)
  • 2 cups of diced tomatoes (300 g.)
  • 1 cup of finely diced cucumber pickles (kabeess) (90 g.)
  • 1 1/2 tsp of cumin
  • 1 cup of chopped Italian parsley (40 g.)
  • 1 or 2 Tbsp of olive oil

METHOD: Place the hummus in a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients; toss gently to combine and taste to adjust seasoning. Serve with pita bread. NOTE: If you start out with great hummus, this dish will taste great.  If you use a can of ready-made hummus, it problably would need extra fresh lemon juice, fresh mashed garlic and maybe a touch of good tahini as well.   mountain view Ehden nature reserve, North Lebanon (Alt. 1500 m.)


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  1. serena says:

    I love hommos and this version is irresistible!!! thanks for sharing with us!

  2. Rosa says:

    Heavenly! That is one of my favorite dips.



  3. Hisham Assaad says:

    Wow, that’s a new way to eat my favorite dish.
    I might try it 🙂

  4. Myrna says:

    Hi Joumana! I LOVE your recipes! You made me remember so many dishes that my mother used to make, and most importantly, you allowed me to reproduce them successfully! So thank you so much…
    In the last few days though, I am having difficulty accessing the recipes through the search engine on your blog, am I the only one? (I am using an iPad, if that changes anything….)
    Thank you so much again

  5. Mariana says:

    Divine! <3 . I just love it!

    Thank you, so much, dear Joumana!

  6. Devaki says:

    Joumana dear, I’m sold! It’s getting added to Sunday’s menu for sure 🙂

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  7. Nuts about food says:

    Love the idea of adding pickles to hummus, what a great contrast. I am a huge fan of pickles so I could put them anywhere!

  8. Oui, Chef says:

    There is nothing better than homemade hummus, and it is so easy to make!

  9. bouchra says:

    un délice ma chère

  10. Nadji says:

    Mon dieu, que ça a l’air bon.
    Je note.
    A bientôt

  11. Susan says:

    What a lovely way to ‘dress up’ an already delicious snack. Love the additions.

  12. domi says:

    Délicieux comme une montagne gourmande….

  13. Needful Things says:

    Delicious! I would so love to spoon some garlic into mine.

  14. Jamie says:

    We love hummus and always have two pots of good quality store-bought in the frudge. Always. So I love this version that kicks it up!

  15. Belinda says:


    Do you know if the cookbook ma’idat marlene min Halab has ever been brought out in English?
    My best friend from Aleppo so I love to have it.
    Also love your recipes, he says it taste like home.


    • Joumana says:

      @Belinda: I have only seen it in Arabic here; however, I would not be surprised to see it in an English version soon like her other book, Maeedat Marlene.

  16. rajeeshpj says:

    i want to taste of beirut recepe

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