JOIN! 12 Weeks for $1

Quick Hummus Masabacha

4-6 Servings

35 minutes

Made This Recipe? Write a Review.
Thank you for submitting your review! A member of our team is confirming the review meets our site's Community Guidelines. It will be posted on the site shortly.

Masabacha is a type of hummus in which whole chickpeas are dressed with tahini, lemon and olive oil. No food processor or blender needed, so if made with canned chickpeas—as we do here—it’s a breeze to assemble. We simmer the canned chickpeas with garlic and a little baking soda; the alkali helps soften the chickpeas and their skins for a better finished texture. To make an infused oil to garnish the hummus, we like the nuanced flavor of Aleppo pepper; red pepper flakes are a fine substitute, but since they have more assertive heat, use less. If you wish to add more substance to your hummus masabacha, hard-cooked eggs are a common garnish. Pita bread is a must for serving alongside.




Don’t rinse the chickpeas after emptying the cans. The liquid that clings to them lends the hummus a slightly more velvety texture. When toasting the pine nuts and blooming the spices, don’t overheat the oil, which will cause the pepper to scorch and turn bitter. As soon as the oil is bright red and bubbling, transfer the mixture to small bowl. Finally, don’t forget to reserve ¼ cup cooking liquid before draining the simmered chickpeas in a colander.

35 minutes



Pardon the interruption

You need to be a Milk Street Digital Member to see the full recipe


and get access to all of our recipes and articles online, as well as in print.

How we use your email.

Your email address is required to identify your subscription. We will use it for customer service as well as other communications from Milk Street. We will not share, or rent your email address.

Jannine T.
August 29, 2022
Amazingly delicious!
The flavors unfold over my tastebuds…so yum!!
Kirsten R.

I enjoyed this more than typical hummus. I subbed a pinch of ground cinnamon, which I think gave it a stronger cinnamon taste and in the future I would leave it out unless I had an actual cinnamon stick.

Mary L.

I really enjoyed this recipe. Although half of the ingredients are found in hummus, the addition of cinnamon and onions really take this in a different direction. I wasn't expecting to like the cinnamon as much as I did. The crunch of the onions and pine nuts on top was also nice. I would definitely make this again, especially when having guests, since it was relatively easy and is more original than hummus.