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  • Lisa Shaheen

My Sitto's Hummus Recipe

Sitto is Lebanese for grandmother - and my Sitto (Adebe) was an amazing cook. I remember visiting her home just about every Sunday for a boisterous family dinner. As soon as you walked in the door, you encountered all the amazing smells of Sitto's kitchen. There was lamb, allspice, garlic, cinnamon, rice and so much more. Today, when I close my eyes I can almost smell her cooking.

She was famous for her Hummus. Now a staple in the American diet, however, I started eating hummus from the time I was able to eat solid food. This healthy dip was always in my home.

So here is her recipe: Feel free to adjust it according to your tastes. It is quick and easy to make and I guarantee you won't want to buy store bought hummus again.


2 Cans Chick Peas drained and reserve the juice

2-3 cloves garlic (to taste)

3 TBS Sesame Paste (Tahini)

Juice from 2 Lemons

Salt to taste

In a blender or food processor, place the chickpeas, garlic, Tahini and pulse until finely chopped. Squeeze the juice from one lemon then blend throughly. While blending slowly add some of the reserved juice until you have a smooth consistency. Taste and add more lemon and sprinkle of salt if needed.

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