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14 MAY 2022

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Recipe from Chef Ryan - Hummus with Sumac:

Sumac is a spice that is popular in the Middle East and this vibrant red berry is turned into a coarse powder and adds a terrific red colour and tartness to your cuisine.

Sumac is high in vitamin C and its flavour is like fresh lemon juice with a sweet and sour citrus taste followed by a powerful punch.

Sumac blends well with other spices such as allspice, chili, thyme, cumin, and the most common use is in the spice blend called za'atar (a blend of dried thyme, oregano, marjoram, sumac, toasted sesame seeds, and salt).

Ground Sumac is a versatile spice and can be added to a meat rub, used as a flavouring in vegetable dishes, and is the perfect seasoning for hummus.

This spice is an ideal match for lamb and duck as it cuts through the fattiness of the meat. 

Sumac is at its best when sprinkled over a dish before serving and a good choice when looking to add a lemon flavour but do not want to add a liquid to the recipe.

Sumac can be stored in an air-tight containers for up to several months.

Make sure the variety of Sumac you use is red in colour as its poisonous cousin is white. 

Below are the ingredients for a creamy hummus recipe that goes great with ground Sumac:

  • 1½cups cooked chickpeas, drained, and rinsed
  • ⅓cup smooth tahini
  • 2tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2tablespoons fresh lemon juice, more to taste
  • 1garlic clove
  • ½teaspoon sea salt
  • 5tablespoons water, or as needed to blend
  • paprika, red pepper flakes, parsley, or SUMAC for garnish
  • pita chips and/or veggies, for serving


  • Using a stand blender or food processor, place all ingredients except garnishes in blender, and blitz until smooth or desired consistency.
  • Taste and check for seasoning.
  • Enjoy!

 Have fun with this recipe and add different ingredients and garnishes!