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dish of hummus with lamb topped with parsley and pine nuts
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5 from 3 votes

Hummus kawarma (hummus with lamb)

Add some tasty flavor and make your hummus more substantial with this flavorful lamb topping.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Lunch, Tapas/Mezze
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Servings: 4 approx, depending how served
Calories: 515kcal
Author: Caroline's Cooking


For the hummus (if making own)

  • 15.5 oz chick peas 440g, 1 can
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 lemon juice only - around 2 tablespoon
  • 1 clove garlic small, finely chopped

For the topping

  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • ¼ red onion
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ lb ground lamb 250g lamb mince
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamon
  • ½ tablespoon chopped parsley


If making hummus

  • Drain the chickpeas and pick over them to remove any loose casings. Put the chickpeas in a food processor along with the oil, tahini, lemon juice and garlic. Blend until smooth. Add some water, a tablespoon at a time, to thin to desired consistency (you will probably need 2 or 3).

To make rest of dish

  • Put the hummus in a serving dish, making a slight indent in the middle.
  • Dry toast the pine nuts in a small skillet/frying pan until lightly brown then set aside.
  • Finely dice the onion. Warm the oil in the skillet then add the onion and soften. Add a little more oil if needed to save it burning.
  • Add the lamb to the skillet along with the spices (cinnamon, allspice, cumin and cardamon). Cook over a medium-high heat until browned, breaking up a little and stirring regularly.
  • Put the lamb on top of the hummus, sprinkle over the pine nuts and parsley and a drizzle of EVOO then serve with pita bread.


You can easily substitute the homemade hummus for a tub of store bought. The topping is best enjoyed warm. 
Serving size assumes it will be shared with a few other mezze, but would serve less if with less other dishes, more if with a bigger range. 


Calories: 515kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 559mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 17.6mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 5mg