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    Tahini? Tahina? - for Hummus - do I have the right stuff?

    DiLo
    Sat May 17, 2008 7:28 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    Hi all. I hope this isn't a silly question but I want to make hummus and it calls for Tahini, which I sent my hubby for. We have a small ethnic food market here in my little City in Canada.

    The only thing he could find is a product called CORTAS brand Tahina which says 100% Ground sesame (comes in a jar similar to a peanut butter jar and a light colour). At 2 Tbsp. it packs 210 calories and a whopping 19 grams of fat. I am on a low-fat plan, so just making sure he has the right stuff as I didn't think Hummus in general higher in fat.

    Sorry for my confusion, but anyone that can help me would be muchly appreciated. Thanks!
    841912
    Sat May 17, 2008 10:57 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    My understanding is that it's the same, although I've seen where Tahina refers to the paste like peanut butter and Tahini refers to a sauce made with this paste for Falafel.
    Um Safia
    Sun May 18, 2008 7:52 am
    Forum Host
    DiLo wrote:
    Hi all. I hope this isn't a silly question but I want to make hummus and it calls for Tahini, which I sent my hubby for. We have a small ethnic food market here in my little City in Canada.

    The only thing he could find is a product called CORTAS brand Tahina which says 100% Ground sesame (comes in a jar similar to a peanut butter jar and a light colour). At 2 Tbsp. it packs 210 calories and a whopping 19 grams of fat. I am on a low-fat plan, so just making sure he has the right stuff as I didn't think Hummus in general higher in fat.

    Sorry for my confusion, but anyone that can help me would be muchly appreciated. Thanks!


    Hi DiLo wave.gif

    no panic ~ you have the right thing. And yes, it is a bit high in fat but at least it's the 'good' kind icon_wink.gif

    Rezika.
    DiLo
    Mon May 19, 2008 5:58 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    Thank you Rez. I used it anyway and the Hummus is fantastic! I'm glad to know it's the good kind.

    Di
    chef FIFI
    Tue May 20, 2008 11:38 pm
    Food.com Groupie
    You have the right stuff...Cortas is another major brand of middle eastern products.
    Chef #578367
    Tue May 27, 2008 1:45 pm
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    The sauce you are referring to is called 'toum'. Right?

    Sounds like you have the right ingredient.
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