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    alAmira's Note:

    I learned this while living in Jordan. The family I stayed with introduced me to fried cauliflower, and this was the sauce they used over the top.

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    • 2 -3 garlic cloves
    • salt
    • 1/2 cup tahini paste (be sure to stir first if it's the type that separates)
    • 1/4-1/2 cup cold water
    • 2 to 3 lemons, juice of


    1. 1
      Crush the garlic in a mortar and pestle (or other if you have something you prefer that will crush it effectively into a pulp).
    2. 2
      Add little bit of each the tahini, lemon juice and water alternating as you go, and stir to blend well, until it's all mixed inches.
    3. 3
      It should resemble a slightly thick sauce that can be poured but not over thin to be runny.
    4. 4
      Season with salt to taste.
    5. 5
      Use with any vegetable you like.
    6. 6
      It's traditionally used over fried cauliflower, or zucchini.
    7. 7
      Some like dipping flat bread in it, and others I've seen use it as a base for another recipe, such as hummus.
    8. 8
      If desired, you can add more lemon if you like it tart, or more garlic if you really like garlic as I do.
    9. 9
      Most families have their own mix, so it's up to you.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 01, 2005


      we used this as a condiment to go with falafel, but i suppose this is somewhat of an acquired taste. this is not quite the sauce that adorns the roadside falafels i love, but it was still pretty good.

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    • on March 15, 2004


      This is the way I make by tehina, right down to crushing the garlic in a mortar and pestle. I use tehina as a salad dressing, and also love mixing it with eggs for a fantastic take on Middle Eastern egg salad. A good way to get creamy mixed tehina is to mix it in the Tupperware shaker.

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    • on October 16, 2012


      Perfect tahini sauce! I served it with falafel. What more can be said? YUM!

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    Nutritional Facts for Basic Tahini Sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (281 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 744.0
    Calories from Fat 582
    Total Fat 64.7 g
    Saturated Fat 9.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 141.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 34.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 11.5 g
    Sugars 3.0 g
    Protein 21.1 g

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