Alternative hummus with carrot and parsley

No sólo para el cocido. The versatile chickpea is the main ingredient in this international superstar Hummus.

That Middle Eastern staple of garbanzos – or chickpeas – garlic, tahini and lemon juice is now famous all around the world. Nowadays you can buy it at just about any supermarket.

And just like any food that gains international fame, there are now dozens of regional variations and new recipes. Think of the pizza, which, in its homeland of Naples, Italy, has just a few ingredients. On an international level, it can be found with pineapple, chorizo, crème fraiche and a wide array of local specialties.

Which brings us back to the list of ingredients. What exactly is tahini? Tahini is a paste made of sesame seeds and is kind of like peanut butter. In fact, if you can’t find tahini in your local supermarket, you can actually use peanut butter, or a little sesame oil, or just make your hummus without it.

That’s the beauty of this versatile dish. In American stores, you can regularly find hummus made with roasted red peppers, black olives, roasted garlic and even hot peppers. A good strategy would be to make traditional hummus a few times and serve it with carrot sticks, red pepper slices, toasted bread, toasted pita bread or even corn chips. Get the technique down, and then experiment with new varieties. In this section, we give two tasty alternatives to the good old hummus.


i360-by-diverbo-useful-vocabulary   VOCABULARY

Staple – alimento básico
Garlic – ajo
Fame – fama
Wide array – gama amplia
Store – tienda
Roasted – asado/a
Tasty – sabroso/a



24/03/2015Level - difficulty 2United StatesUnited States 2Audio