• The classic hummus of Syria made from soaked chick peas boiled and skimmed until tender with a little bicarbonate of soda added to the water, puréed with garlic and mixed with tahina paste equal to two thirds of the weight of the dry chick peas, chilli powder, ground cumin, lemon juice and salt. Garnished with olive oil, lemon juice, chopped parsley and cumin and a few whole cooked chick peas.