Dizengoff is a hummusiya in Philadelphia and they have the most amazing, creamy, nutty, delicious hummus ever. Seriously, it's so good and I'm so passionate about it that I want to tell Sabra to just quit and go away forever.
Anyway, I don't live in Philly so when a hummus craving stuck, I couldn't just resort to buying premade hummus or even making hummus with canned chickpeas so I went all out and made this version, including my version of sticky harif that I enjoyed at the eatery. —Rach Kim
cloves garlic, unpeeled
tahini (I use homemade - bit.ly/tehina)
2 to 3 tablespoons
lemon juice (from one juicy lemon)
roasted ground cumin
salt + more to taste, if necessary
olive oil (the good kind) + more for drizzling
paprika + more for garnish
Spicy Harif & Accoutrements
small onion, roughly chopped
cloves garlic, smashed
dried chipotle chili
ancho chili powder
golden syrup or maple syrup
flatbread pita (I like homemade bit.ly/flatpita)
cucumber & red onion salad
In This Recipe
THE HUMMUS: A day ahead, soak the chickpeas with baking soda in a generous amount of water. The chickpeas should soak for 24 hours ideally, but for a minimum of 12.
Drain the chickpeas and rinse under cold water and add to a pot with the garlic. Add enough water to cover the chickpeas and place over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until tender. Stir occasionally to promote even cooking. Drain the chickpeas, set aside the garlic cloves, and reserve the cooking water. Set aside 1/4 cup of chickpeas for garnish.
Peel the skins off of the garlic cloves and add to a food processor with the chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, cumin, salt, 1/4 cup of olive oil, and 2 tablespoons of the reserved cooking liquid. Pulse until smooth. Add more of the reserved cooking liquid if necessary to achieve the desired texture and add salt to taste.
Heat up a small pan over medium heat with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Add in the 1/4 cup of reserved chickpeas and paprika. Shake the pan to coat the beans in fat and seasoning. Pan fry until lightly toasted.
HARIF: In a foil-lined sheet pan, toss together the onions and garlic with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Roast in a high broiler for 15 to 20 minutes until edges are charred.
Soak the dried chipotle pepper in hot water for 10 minutes until soft and then drain.
Combine the roasted onions and garlic, chipotle pepper, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, chili powder, salt, and golden syrup in a food processor. Pulse until mostly smooth, leaving some texture to the condiment.
TO SERVE: In a wide, shallow bowl, add in the hummus and press with a smooth to create an even layer across the surface of the bowl. Drizzle the hummus with fruity olive oil and garnish with a sprinkle of paprika, chopped parsley, and the toasted chickpeas. Serve with warm and fluffy flatbread pita, cucumber and red onion salad*, and cornichons. Encourage everyone to tear off bits of pita, swirl it in the hummus, and top with the harif and salad.
*The cucumber and red onion salad is simply diced and seeded cucumber and diced red onion mixed with a squeeze of lemon juice and left to pickle for a few minutes.
The hummus and harif can certainly be made ahead of time and stored in airtight containers in the fridge. The hummus is best served warm and the harif best served at room temperature.
I served my hummus with some stewed cumin chicken for added protein (which is shown in the photos). Not totally necessary, but delicious.