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The Magic of Tahini


Tahini is a sesame seed paste essential in Lebanese cusine, it is used in dips including hummus, tarator, and baba ghanouj. It is also used to accompany fish and meat and transforms vegatables into something amazing. To me it is what makes Lebanese food so unique.

Tarator

Tahini sauce and dip

Makes 1 quantity

Ingredients

3 tablespoons of tahini

¼ cup water (room temperature)

¼ cup lemon juice

3 medium garlic gloves crushed

¼ teaspoon of salt

Method

Place the tahini in a bowl and slowly add the water until a smooth paste forms, then slowly add the lemon juice, then the salt and crushed garlic, and mix well.

Tarator should have a smooth runny consistency with a wonderful balance of all the flavours.

Tarator is the basis for many Lebanese dishes including babaganoush a smoky eggplant dip, oven baked fish coated in tarator, baked or fried cauliflower coated with tarator, or simply used as a dip with grilled meat and fish.

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