Fragrant, fresh and a bit of a mouthful, Hummus b'lahmeh is your new go-to Middle Eastern dinner
Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
For spiced lamb
500g lamb mince
1 large brown onion, finely diced
5g allspice, ground
5g cinnamon, ground
5g cumin, ground
5g coriander, ground
25g pomegranate molasses
2 x 400g can chickpeas, rinsed, drained
1 large lemon
1 head garlic
Up to 250g olive oil
25g pomegranate jewels, when in season
Flat leaf parsley, finely sliced
Mint leaves, fined sliced
25g pine nuts, lightly toasted
Pita bread, toasted
Heat a large non-stick fry pan to high heat. Add oil and onions, sauté for 2 minutes. Add spices, toast for 1 minute before adding lamb.
Break mince up and stir through spices and onion evenly. Stir every minute or so until starting to brown and caramelise. Total time should be approximately 12-15 minutes. Adjust seasoning to taste.
Whilst still on heat, deglaze the pan with pomegranate molasses and scrape up any crispy bits on the bottom of the pan and stir through.
Whilst lamb is cooking, prepare hummus by placing all ingredients, reserving olive oil, into a high-speed food processor.
Blitz on high whilst drizzling olive in, until desired consistency is achieved.
To present, place a pool of hummus on your plate and sprinkle a pile of the lamb on top. Sprinkle over pomegranate, herbs, pine nuts and drizzle of olive oil. Serve with toasted pita bread.
Cooked minced lamb keeps well in the freezer so prepare this dish in advance and defrost when you just can't find the motivation to cook.
Any leftovers are great for the next day – just add to a wrap or salad.
If you can't find pomegranates, I like to use radishes for colour and texture, but anything with a fresh crunch will do.
You can make hummus ahead of time or opt for shop bought.
Picture this: it's time to leave work, you're hungry, tired and lacking inspiration to cook a healthy meal. On the way home, it's likely you'll open a food delivery app or duck into the local takeaway and eat anything but a healthy meal. Sound familiar?
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