I really like oriental flavors. There is just something about the combination of cumin, sesame, lemon and chickpeas that makes everything better. Hummus for example, god how good is a creamy hummus?!
On my trip to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in 2019 I was able to taste from some of the best of the trade. What really makes the difference is the texture of a good hummus. Don't get lazy and have chunks and lumps still left. You want to blend it until it is smooth af. I know this is not supposed to be a hummus post, but hey, it's my blog and I can write about hummus if I want to.
Okay back to topic. Hummus itself is usually a snack or a side on the dinner table, so when I first came across Hamshukka, I was seriously intrigued.
This is the lesser well known little brother to the great Shakshuka (okay I made this up, because they sound similar), and combines a creamy rich hummus with some juicy minced meat that is packed with flavor. Eat it with fresh pita bread? It will make your day I promise.
So if you have made some hummus and want to use it in a different way than just a dip, give this recipe a go.
Works well as a vegan option, using veggie mince.
Ingredients (serves 2-3):
400g Minced Meat (doesn't really matter which kind), perfectly suitable for vegetarian options
1 large chopped onion
1 1/2 Tbsp tomato puree (Tomatenmark)
1 Tbsp sesame seeds
200-300 mL stock/bouillon
fresh Parsley (Petersilie)
1 Tbsp Cumin
1 Tbsp paprika powder
1/2 Tbsp smoked Paprika powder (not-essential)
1-2 cloves of garlic
Hummus (check out the hummus recipe)
Pita or other kinds of bread
In a pan on medium/high heat, start frying the onions until transparent.
Add the minced meat and sear it all around.
Make a whole in the middle for and fry the tomato purree for half a minute. This will reduce the acidity.
Add in the paprika, garlic and cumin and fill in the stock until the mixture is just about covered.
Let it reduce until it is juicy but not watery. Try and season to taste with salt and pepper and top it with sesame seeds.
Prepare a plate with hummus on the bottom and add the mix on top. ENJOY