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Jewish Recipes --> Spices and Ingredients -- > Tahini Sauce

Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. It is a major ingredient in hummus and other dishes from the Middle East. It can be purchased fresh, in cans, in jars, or dehydrated. Tahini comes in two varieties - 'hulled' and 'unhulled'. Both types are relatively high in vitamins and contain a small amount of protein. Unhulled tahini is quite bitter but has a much higher proportion of vitamins, calcium, and protein because the sesame seeds are ground whole.

As a spread, tahini can replace peanut butter on bread. Tahini paste is often used in a wide variety of dishes. You can find it in most Arabic restaurants as a side dish or as a garnish. It is often mixed with lemon juice, salt and garlic, then thinned with water to create a sauce. Tahini sauce is a popular condiment for meat and vegetables in Middle Eastern cuisine. Tahini is considered an exotic dish due to the lack of production of sesame in Western countries.

In Turkey, Tahini mixed with Pekmez is common as a breakfast item, especially in winters.

Tahini (or "tehina" in Hebrew, "tahin" in Turkish)

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