“Safadi for a budget hummus and Em Sherif for a splurge hummus.” Both Lebanese locations. Observing international hummus day makes plenty of sense. Not the sad, beige puddle usually served on my Egyptian table.”. Lebanese Industrialists and the government petitioned to recognize Lebanon, not Israel, as the appropriator of hummus, and waged an unconventional war of lawsuits, cook-offs, and competitions. To me some of these are a basic recipe of hummus, so I think they definitely combined those ingredients and enjoyed some form of hummus back then.”, His theory is backed up. You may unsubscribe at any time. Or they’ve perfected it at least.” Karim’s favourite hummus spot? The hummus variation that comes from Beirut is quite distinct and one of the most popular hummus preparations.”. Palestinians are emotionally attached to hummus as an ‘Arab’ dish. They own kushari, foul, falafel and molokhiya. “It should be silky and most importantly it should be over-powered by tahini!”. “Having a Lebanese background I’d like to says hummus originated in Lebanon but historically it was the Egyptians that brought us the famous dip.”. Salma’s favourite hummus spot in Dubai? Nevertheless, key elements are missing in this recipe including tahini and garlic, which would technically not qualify the aforementioned dish as the hummus we know and love today. In celebration of this special day, we explore the controversial origin story of this ancient dish and try to find out exactly where it was discovered. These cookies are used to improve your experience and provide more personalized service to you. According to Lilia Zaouali, the author of ‘Medieval Cuisine of the Islamic World’, the earliest known written recipes for a dish resembling hummus bil tahina, were recorded in cookbooks written in Cairo in the 13th century. “My theory (and this is purely a theory), is that hummus is actually of Jewish origins. Zahra Hachem told Gulf News, “I think many people automatically think that hummus is Lebanese. Sometimes small amounts of Greek yogurt, cumin, and hot peppers can be added, and toppings range from foul (fava beans), to eggs and minced lamb. Because -and as an Egyptian I can say this- we didn’t really give it the treatment it deserved. People don’t really associate the unmissable appetiser with Egyptian cuisine. “Based on the little research I’ve done, some texts claim hummus was born in Egypt,” Salma El Shahed, a foodie and hummus enthusiast told Gulf News. Balance the measure of each of the ingredients based on your personal preference. “MY MOTHER SAID HUMMUS WAS INVENTED IN SYRIA!” Well, we can’t argue with Haia’s mother. Lebanon did a great job at branding itself as the country of hummus. Naturally, ownership of the popular chickpea dip started a war between Lebanon and Israel in 2008. Chickpeas are a vegetable that have been cultivated throughout the … Some historians say hummus can be dated to 13th century Egypt, others identify it as hometz from the Hebrew Bible written 3,500 years ago. “While historically the dish has been consumed by sultans, pharaohs and many other Levantine civilizations, it carries a central place in Lebanese cuisine today. What we do know is that it was definitely discovered in the Middle East; however, the evidence is insufficient to determine the precise location or time of the first creation of hummus, Lebanese food expert and Head Chef at Al Nafoorah, Ali Fouad argues that Lebanon is fast becoming the modern day home to hummus. It can now be found at American, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern restaurants, but do you know where hummus really comes from? Pretty straightforward. Mama Esh has bomb hummus and I love Bait Maryam too.”, Our final stop, a Lebanese-Palestinian, Karim Nasr, who favours his Lebanese hummus to the Palestinian kind. Rinse and drain the dried chickpeas and place them in a pan with twice their volume of fresh cold water. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Dubai: Turns out humus is so well loved, that every year on May 13th, the creamy dip gets an entire day of appreciation. If for some reason you forget to soak your chickpeas the night before, then a “quick soak” will be sufficient. The word hummus, (which has various spellings) is an Arabic word meaning “chickpea.” Hummus is a Levantine Arab dip or spread that is made from chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) that have been cooked and mashed, then blended with tahini (a paste made from sesame seeds), olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and salt. “With that said, and with all due respect to chefs in the culinary scene of Egypt, we certainly did not give hummus the admiration it thankfully received in the Levant. “Safadi is amazing. This fact may come as a surprise to many. The rich history and nutritional value even caught the attention of philosophers like Plato – the journey of hummus has come a long. Why? Turkish, Greek, Israeli, or Lebanese—each culture has their own twist on the recipe. Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week. Sucheta Rawal is an award-winning food and travel writer, author of ‘Beato Goes To’ series of children’s books, and founder of the nonprofit ‘Go Eat Give.’ Follow her at @SuchetaRawal or visit her at, © 2020 CHOWHOUND, A RED VENTURES COMPANY. Everyone from the Lebanese to the Palestinians, Egyptians and Syrians have tried to claim it as their own creation. “It has to be the hummus we make at Al Nafoorah in Jumeirah Emirates Towers. You can manage them any time by clicking on the notification icon. A recipe for a ‘cold purée of chickpeas with vinegar and pickled lemons topped with herbs, spices, and oil appears, in an old Egyptian cookbook called ‘Kenz al-Fawa'id Fi Tanwi' Al Mawa'id’.