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Learn Hebrew While Cooking - Hummus

Updated: Jun 15, 2020

Hummus (חוּמוּס) is a spread made from crushed hummus grains (gargirim - גַּרְגִּירִים). Here’s a recipe (matkon - מַתְכּוֹן) for you to make your own homemade hummus!


The Ingredients

  • 500 gram small hummus grains.

  • 1 tsp drinking soda.

  • ½ cup (cos - כּוֹס) raw tahini (thina golmit - טְחִינָה גָּולְמִית).

  • ¼ cup lemon juice (mits limon - מִיץ לִימוֹן), or one squeezed fresh lemon.

  • 5 garlic (shoom - שׁוּם) cloves.

  • ½ tsp salt (melah - מֶלַח).

  • ¼ tsp black pepper (pilpel shahor - פִּלְפֵּל שָׁחוֹר).

  • ½ tsp cumin (camon - כַּמּוֹן).

Hummus, with grains and olive oil.

The Instructions

  1. Soak hummus grains for 24 hours with drinking soda. Wash the grains after soaking it.

  2. Cook the hummus grains with water (ma’im - מַיִם) until the grains gets soft. (Keep the water aside!)

  3. Mix together: filtered hummus grains, raw tahini, lemon juice, garlic cloves, salt, black pepper, cumin. Crush everything (hacol - הַכֹּל) together with the water you used for cooking the hummus grains, until you get a uniform texture (ta’arovet ahida - תַּעֲרוֹבֶת אֲחִידָה).

Paprika and Basil on top

Pro Tips

Decorations for serving: After you move your finished hummus to a plate (tzalahat - צַלַּחַת), you can spread some hummus grains over your ready hummus, some olive oil (shemen za’it - שֶׁמֶן זַיִת), and some parsley (petruzilia - פֶּטְרוֹזִילְיָה)!

  • If you like spicy (harif - חָרִיף) food, you can add 1 tea spoon of hot sauce.

Fully Served Hummus

Bon Appétit! - Bete’avon - בְּתֵאָבוֹן!

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