How to Make the Best Hummus Ever

May 19, 2017 / by Aya Dhibette

A Hummus dish with paprika, olive oil and parsley.Here at Mango Languages, we never pass on the opportunity to embrace special days that remind us that we all love the same things: family, friends, and food! It only made sense that we would celebrate our love for hummus on International Hummus Day! (Let’s be honest, we all know this is only an excuse. Every day is a good day to make hummus.)

All it took was a good food processor to help us make some of the most delicious hummus we’ve ever had (it was seriously good). In case you missed it on our Facebook page, here is the video of the recipe along with all the ingredients needed to make it. You don’t have an excuse anymore!

Here's what you need

  • 2 cups of well-cooked or canned hummos [chickpeas].
  • hummos liquid or some mai [water].
  • 1/2 cup tahini [sesame-seed paste].
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin zeet zetoon [olive oil].
  • 2 cloves toom [garlic].
  • milh [salt] and freshly ground fel-fel [black pepper] to taste.
  • 1 tablespoon ground kamoon [cumin].
  • juice of 1 le-emon [lemon].
  • For garnish: chopped fresh ba’doonehs [parsley], a dizzle of zeet zetoon [olive oil], and a sprinkle of fel-fel ahmar [paprika]. 

Hummus ingredients.Here's how to make it

  1. Put the chickpeas in a food processor and begin to process for about a minute.
  2. Add olive oil, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and cumin (pretty much all of the ingredients) and process until smooth.
  3. Is your hummus too thick? Simply add the reserved chickpea liquid (or water) until your hummus reaches the desired consistency.
  4. Don’t forget to taste for seasoning and adjust as needed! (We like ours with extra cumin.)
  5. Put your amazingly delicious hummus in a serving dish, swirl a little olive oil over the top, and sprinkle with parsley and paprika. Let your creativity flow!

Voilà, you’re done!

This amazing dish only takes minutes and goes great with veggies, pita, naan, tortilla, crackers, or pretty much anything!

Did you know that hummus means 'chickpeas' in Arabic ? However, it is called hummus bi tahina in the Middle East to suggest the two main ingredients of the dish, which translates literally to 'chickpeas with sesame-seed paste.' Share this recipe with a friend who doesn’t know, or simply with a friend who needs to start making their own hummus bi tahina instead of buying it from the store. Finally, be sure to check out our Modern Standard Arabic course to make sure your pronunciation is always top notch.  


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Aya Dhibette

Written by Aya Dhibette

Aya arrived at Mango Languages from Morocco, but no, she still hasn’t seen Casablanca. Aya loves traveling, animals, good food, good books, and good company. A perfect day would include all of those things at the same time, preferably with chilly, rainy weather, a warm drink, and some nice mellow music in the background. She speaks Arabic, French, Spanish, and is learning Turkish.

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