Tahini Egg Salad (Mutabbalat Taheena)

"From: "Classic Vegetarian Cooking from the Middle East & North Africa" by Habeeb Salloum. From Yemen. This can be served as a dip or a salad."
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  • Place tahini and lemon juice in a blender and blend for a few moments, then transfer to a bowl. (I would use an immersion blender here.).
  • Add garlic, parsley, salt, pepper, eggs, and water and stir gently until well mixed.
  • Place on a platter, sprinkle with paprika and serve.

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  1. queenbeatrice
    I had this on a toasted bagel and really enjoyed it. The garlic really comes through in this recipe. I halved this recipe and followed instructions as listed and I had enough letf over for a sandwich for my lunch. Great recipe, thanks for sharing. Made for KIttencal's Forum Recipe Tag Game.
  2. *Parsley*
    Nothing ordinary about this egg salad! It's garlicky, and lemony and delicious! I didn't use the water; I didn't think it needed it. Loved the fresh parsley. It'd love to try fresh cilantro sometime. Thanx for posting this. Loved it!
  3. Missy Wombat
    I used the dark unhulled tahini which tended to dominate the egg.Next time I will use the lighter version. Still good with pita and other salad.
  4. bluemoon downunder
    What a fabulous addition to an egg salad is the tahini! I found this much more flavoursome than the alternatives of mayonnaise or sour cream in most other egg salad recipes. Except for omitting the water, I made this exactly to the recipe, and wouldn't change a thing. Thank you, Engrossed, for sharing this superb - and as with all your recipes that I've made - so very different recipe! I'll be making this often during the summer months.
  5. MarraMamba
    This was a terrific change from regular egg salad, the tahini was not overpowering but gave it an extra something special. I did add some minced green onions in it.


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