Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins

Forget those tubs in the supermarket, they never taste like the real thing. I always use Ziyad brand products for a more authentic middle eastern taste.The addition of the "tetbeleh" is how it is mainly made in the Jordan. In the mid east people enjoy this as a breakfast side, typically someone makes a run to the nearby falafel restaurant and brings back falafel, hommus and foul(fave beans) and serve with a side of green olives, white cheese and tea using our pita bread as our spoons, and there you have a middle eastern breakfast. In the U.S. it is served as a side dish for the most part, but in the middle east it is more a breakfast dish.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the beans and garlic cloves in a saucepot and bring to a boil.Save broth for reserve.
  2. Place only the beans and garlic in food processor.
  3. Run the processor to grind up the beans.
  4. Add olive oil, tahini, yogurt, lemon juice, salt and 3/4 cup reserved broth from beans.
  5. You will need to let it blend in the food processor for about 10 minutes to get creamy.
  6. Afterwards if you want it a bit looser add a tiny bit of broth and stir well.
  7. Meanwhile combine garlic, hot pepper and salt in a mortar pestle and smash until mush.
  8. Add lemon juice to the garlic/jalapeño condiment and stir well.
  9. Spread out hummus on a plate, place a few tablespoons of the tetbeleh in the middle.
  10. Place in the refrigerator for about an hour or so.
  11. Decorate with paprika.
  12. Drizzle with olive oil.
  13. Serve with pita wedges.
  14. Hummus will last for 2 days in the fridge.
  15. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

this was so delicious! i had to use regular plain yogurt because i couldn't find middle mine wasn't authentic, but it was really good! easy and delicious, thank you!

it's not easy being green January 16, 2008

There's nothing better than homemade hummous. We usually buy our hummous by the kilo from a local Yemenite hummous shop, and I think this recipe will give them a run for their money. I didn't want to make my hummous dairy, so instead of yogurt I used some homemade mayonnaise. What really gives this some zing is the tetbeleh, although I did play around with that and used a whole garlic clove and also added a dash of za'atar and some sumac. Next time I'm going to add a little zest from the lemon as well, we like it lemony. We had this as an appetizer with some hot mushrooms (Mifgash Mushrooms) in the middle, swiping at it with pita. Thanks for the creamy experience.

Mirj September 12, 2006