Friday, December 4, 2009

Guest Post from Taste of Beirut

It is with pleasure to give you all another guest post from a cool blog named Taste of Beirut, a great blog featuring delicious Lebanese cuisine, enjoy......

Joumana is a Lebanese-American, brought up in Beirut, Lebanon. Multilingual. Have been cooking and baking for 30 years. Stints at bakeries and pastry shops in the US. Wants to explore and share Lebanese cuisine because it is very healthy, delicious, and not very well known (except for hummos and tabbooleh, which are usually misrepresented).

Pumpkin Hummos يقطين بالطحينه

In the US, when you say pumpkin, one immediately pictures a creamy, sweet and luscious pumpkin pie. In Lebanon, although we do have a pumpkin confection, pumpkin is also savory and a mezze component, hence this dish. This is a dip and is prepared just like the hummos be-tahineh. It has the same lilting flavor of garlic and lemon and the pumpkin gives it an ethereal taste, instead of the somewhat heavy and rustic feel found in the chick pea hummos.

This recipe is adapted from Middle-Eastern Cuisine by Sima Osman Yassine and Sadouf Kamal

INGREDIENTS: This quantity will serve up to 6

  • Pumpkin, any size. I used a 2 pound pumpkin
  • Lemon juice from one and a half lemon
  • 4 garlic cloves, mashed with a pinch of salt
  • tahineh, about 2 tablespoons
  • parsley ( garnish, optional)


  1. Cut the pumpkin in small pieces and discard the strings and if you like save the seeds
  2. Place the pieces in a pan and add some water to come up to about half-way.
  3. Place the pan in the oven and bake at a moderate heat (about 350F) for about 30 minutes
  4. Check by inserting a knife in the pumpkin pieces. Remove from the oven when cooked. Cool a bit. Peel.
  5. Place the pumpkin slices in a colander and drain well.
  6. Mash either in a food mill or in the processor using pulses.
  7. Mash the garlic and mix with the lemon juice. Add the tahineh and stir to mix all well.
  8. Add the tahineh mixture to the pumpkin. Pulse to mix and taste to adjust the seasoning.
  9. Place in a serving dish, sprinkle either with ground cumin or chopped parsley.
  10. Serve with pita triangles, fresh or toasted. Sahteyn!


  1. thanks for sharing the blog and the wonderful recipe! have fun in nyc!!

  2. Unusual combination for hummus! Thanks!

  3. I love regular hummus!! And I bet this might be as great!! Tks!!!

  4. I really love the sound of this- Something that I would like to have a go at!

  5. I just made some pumpkin risotto last night, I love savory pumpkin dishes. I'm going to make this one for sure. Thanks, I'm also going to check out some more Lebanese recipes on your blog. Nice guest post!

  6. I love hummus!Pumpkin is an interesting addition to this delicious dip.

  7. OMG, this sounds fantastic! I must try it, since pumpkin is one of my absolute faves.

  8. I love the idea of using pumpkin as a savory. Never would have thought of it as a hummus/dip. Lovely!

  9. I just wish we could get pumpkin more easily, it is only really around here for a couple of weeks at the end of October for Halloween.

  10. Beautiful presentation and a lovely dish!!

  11. I would love to make this but wonder can get tahineh here.

  12. How unique & fascinating ... bet it tastes great though!

  13. Thanks again for doing a wonderful and unigue post Taste of Beirut, sitting having a brew in rainy NYC while baby Jas naps,
    so happy u all enjoyed it!

  14. Yum! I was thinking of trying a butternut squash hummus pumpkin is a great idea and so seasonal.

  15. Hello,
    I love your feature the best of em' all!

  16. Thanks for this recipe. It's a healthy dish... which would be good for pregnant moms like me.

  17. Great guest post--this one looks delicious and like a great use for pumpkin.

  18. I love hummus but never heard of one made of pumpkin

  19. It looks amazing and absolutely delicious, but as the proof is in the pudding, was it really good?
    I think I will want to try this one, but it needs to be really tasty, and so far from the pic and ingredients it does sound like it is...but I want your honest please describe taste.. :) xxx

  20. I LOVE different plays on hummus. I've made a pumpkin curry hummus before that is similar to this, but I definitely want to give this one a try. Great guest post!

  21. thanks so much for all the comments will forward them to Joumana, and get her to answer your question Ricardo

    Love Rebecca



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