Fattet Hummus (Mid-Eastern Savory Chickpea Bread Pudding)

April  8, 2014
7 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

Fattet hummus is a creamy, pine-nutty concoction often eaten in Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria for a satisfying weekend brunch. This breakfast dish is delicious and festive, yet very straightforward to make. This is a great option for vegetarians, as it packs a healthy dose of protein and makes a very filling main meal.

The great thing about it, too, is that you cannot really get the quantities wrong. There are many variations of this dish, and traditionally each cook will settle on their own method. The final texture, its creaminess versus crunchiness, the level of acidity and the final presentation of Fattet Hummus are all up to you! You can adjust the amount of lemon juice, tahini and garlic to suit your taste.

Serve your Fattet Hummus with crisp chilled radishes, tart quartered fresh onions (soaked overnight in cold water to sweeten them) and a rustic white farmer's cheese on the side. Traditionally, sweet black tea infused with lots of fresh mint accompanies this dish, served steaming hot in small glasses. —Dania

Test Kitchen Notes

Dania's Fattet Hummus is a warm, comforting breakfast on a cold, rainy spring day—plus, it's quick and easy enough for a weekday morning. Dania assures us that we can't mess it up, so I added a bit more tahini and a lot of mint. I toasted the pita in the oven while I warmed the yogurt, and it all came together into a satisfyingly creamy, nutty, minty bowl of goodness. This is one to repeat again and again—keep the ingredients on hand! —aargersi

  • Serves 6
  • 2 cups chickpeas, dry
  • 3 cups natural yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 pinch cumin
  • 1 pinch white pepper (optional)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 4 to 5 small pita loaves
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, more to taste
  • 1 pinch paprika or cayenne pepper (optional for garnish)
  • 3 to 4 mint leaves (optional for garnish)
In This Recipe
  1. Soak the chickpeas overnight. Rinse well several times under cold running water, then place them in a large pot.
  2. Cover the chickpeas with with about twice their own volume of fresh cold water, bring to a boil, then lower the heat. Simmer them for one hour until tender. Add the cumin and a small dash of olive oil. Keep the pot covered to make sure the liquid remains simmering-hot and ready for use later. (Contrarily, you could use canned chickpeas, and skip to the next step. Make sure to have some hot water ready.)
  3. Put the yogurt in a large glass mixing bowl. Add the tahini, lemon juice, and crushed garlic. Whisk well. Bring two inches of water to a rolling boil in a pot and place the glass bowl on top. Heat the yogurt mix gently, whisking the whole time. Make sure it does not come to a boil; the idea is to just warm it up and blend the flavors together. If the yogurt mixture thickens too much, add a little of the chickpea broth until you get a soupy consistency. Add salt and white pepper to taste.
  4. Separate the pita loaves into two thin layers, then cut them into bite-sized pieces with kitchen scissors. Heat half the olive oil in a frying pan and shallow-fry the pita until crunchy and golden. Alternatively, brush the separated pita rounds with olive oil, toast them well in a hot oven, then break them into bite-sized pieces by hand. You could even simply use day-old bread, if you're in a hurry.
  5. Spread the bread in an even layer in a deep serving platter or bowl. Ladle out about a cup or so of the reserved hot chickpea broth, and drizzle it on top of the bread pieces until they are just soaked.
  6. Set aside 1 to 2 tablespoons of the chickpeas for garnish. With a ladle, scoop the remaining hot chickpeas out of the broth and spread them evenly on top of the bread. Pour the warmed yogurt mixture over the chickpeas. Gently stir the layers together with a large slotted spoon. Top with the reserved chickpeas.
  7. Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil and fry the pine nuts until golden, then pour them, along with the hot oil, over the chickpea-yogurt mixture. Sprinkle paprika, cayenne pepper, and the torn mint leaves on top for garnish, and enjoy immediately!

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