To make matters more confusing, tahina can also be spelled tehineh or tehina, and its main ingredient is tahini. All you have to keep in mind is that tahini is just the pureed raw sesame seeds, while tahina is the prepared sauce.
Inspired by panisses, chickpea-flour fritters from the south of France, these hummus fries use that same chickpea flour as a base, but get an extra hummus-like twist with the addition of tahini, garlic, lemon, and cumin. Once fried, the fries are crispy on the outside and super creamy on the inside. And though the fries are delicious by themselves, the easy, spicy tahini dip should not be skipped.
The technique of blending whole unpeeled garlic with lemon to make tahini sauce was something I read in Michael Solomonov's Zahav. With this much garlic you'd think it'd be overwhelming, but don't worry, it stays quite mild due to blending it in the lemon juice.
Hummus masabacha is a popular variant of the Middle Eastern chickpea spread in which most or all of the chickpeas are left whole and tossed with the tahini sauce, instead of being puréed into it. There are endless variations on it, but at its heart, it's as easy as can be, and lots more interesting than your average hummus spread.
This dish of eggplant roasted until caramelized and tender, served over stewed lentils with an extraordinarily light and creamy tahini sauce and crunchy pine nuts, was dinner and lunch for more meals than I care to count a couple of weeks back. Not that I'm complaining: It's extremely good.
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Falafel may get all the attention, but the sabich, another popular Tel Aviv snack food, has won my heart. Filled with moist slices of fried eggplant, hard-boiled egg, a generous layer of creamy hummus, crunchy Israeli pickles, and Israeli salad, and drizzled with tahini sauce and amba, a pickled-mango sauce, it's all you could want in any sandwich, and more.
I've been trying to come up with great ways to use leftover grilled chicken breasts that mask their inherent dryness and give them new life. One of my favorites is a fresh, crunchy salad with cabbage, red onion, and a ton of fresh herbs in a tahini-based dressing.
Store-bought versions of Israeli-style hummus—the kind made with tons of tahini and a touch of cumin—typically have a great, ultra-smooth and -creamy texture, but they lack flavor and aren't easily customizable to our own personal tastes. Homemade hummus, especially when made with dried chickpeas, may have amazing flavor that we can play with any way we like, but it's quite difficult to ...
In this recipe from Kimberly Hasselbrink's new cookbook, Vibrant Food, she tosses roasted cauliflower with fresh parsley, Kalamata olives, sweet currants and a lemony, earthy tahini dressing. While this is a recipe from the book's 'Winter' chapter, it's light and accessible enough to work year-round.
Hummus is fine, but the real power legume of the Middle East is the fava bean. Ful mudammas is the Egyptian breakfast dish of favas stewed with tahini and seasoned with garlic, cumin, and lemon. This creamy, comforting version is much like what you'll find around the streets of Cairo.
[Photographs: Autumn Giles] Caramely fresh medjool dates complement super-savory tahini in this smoothie. Note: For the best flavor (and easy blending) seek out fresher dates—often found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. If you use dried dates, it may take a little extra blending.
[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt] Baba ganoush, a Middle Eastern eggplant- and tahini-based dip, takes on a concentrated smoky flavor when the eggplant is first charred over a gas flame or on the grill (a broiler works, too), then spun in a salad spinner to remove moisture from the flesh.
Tahini is a paste of Middle Eastern origin made from grinding sesame seeds and oil together. The common version you'll find at most groceries is made from hulled sesame seeds, which produces a very smooth paste, while at home, unhulled seeds are used, ...
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Butternut squash is a staple in my kitchen during fall and winter, but I never stray far from simple roasted cubes or a creamy pureed soup when it comes to preparing the gourd. After preparing the Roasted Butternut Squash and Red Onion with Tahini and Za'atar in Jerusalem: A Cookbook, however, I am a total devotee of pairing winter squash with sesame.
In a small food processor, mince the garlic. Add the tahini, yogurt, lemon juice, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and blend well to form a creamy dressing (alternatively, mince the garlic by hand and whisk in the remaining ingredients.
Lighter, fresher, and just a little bit yuppier than the chickpea and tahini-based original, Green Pea Hummus is like the Pinkberry of the hummus world.
Roasting can bring one of the most boring vegetables to life. Gorgeous nutty aromas start coming out, the color changes to brown, and the flavor transforms from flat to multidimensional. So I was all over this recipe from Saveur, which roasted the vegetable with a dusting of cumin in a 500°F oven and served it with a tahini sauce.
As any fan of Yotam Ottolenghi's previous book, Plenty, knows, the man is an expert when it comes to eggplant. In his and his partner Sami Tamimi's new book Jerusalem: A Cookbook, there are copious recipes for eggplant—stuffed, puréed, roasted, baked, and everything in between. In their Stuffed Eggplant with Lamb and Pine Nuts, they fill the silky, humble nightshade with a warmly spiced ...
If you want perfectly cooked steaks every time, with almost no gray band of overcooked meat beneath the surface, the reverse sear is the best method to use. It works for any thick-cut steak—strip steak, ribeye steak, porterhouse steak, tomahawk steak, T-bone steak, tri-tip, and filet mignon ...
Unlike black tahini, Japanese-style sesame paste is roasted, giving it a much deeper flavor and jet-black appearance. When the custard is steaming-hot, the yolks will be cooked through. Read more: Japanese Black Sesame Ice Cream Is Sweet Oblivion for Your Dark Soul
Meanwhile, prepare the dressing in a large serving bowl by whisking together the tahini, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, ginger, sesame oil, sambal, and fish sauce until combined. 3. Add one cup of water to the poaching liquid and bring to a boil over high heat.
It's easy to look past carrots when the farmers market is overflowing with tomatoes and corn, but don't: They're in season this time of year too, and are deserving of a spot on the summertime table. Here, beautiful sweet carrots are lightly cooked, then tossed in a flavorful dressing that's rich with ginger, cilantro, lemon, and just a touch of tahini.
If all were right in the world, there would be as many recipes for minestrone—the Italian soup of simmered mixed vegetables and beans—as there have been individual pots of it cooked. That's because it's really more of a process than a fixed recipe. It's a hearty, easy, delicious meal that you can make with a couple of pantry staples and whatever fresh vegetables you happen to have on hand.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together tahini, milk, and egg until smooth. Whisk in brown sugar. Add dry ingredients to bowl and stir until combined. Stir in figs.
Divide ginger, miso, vegetable base, tahini, sesame seeds, soy sauce, carrots, mushrooms, spinach, and noodles evenly between 4 resealable glass jars. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Divide scallions and ginger between 4 small zipper-lock bags and seal bags, squeezing out all of the air. Tuck bags into jars and seal. Refrigerate for up to ...
[Photograph: Vicky Wasik] Ssamjang is an essential component of Korean barbecue. It's a simple, no-cook, stir-together dipping sauce that combines the savory funk of doenjang (fermented Korean soybean paste) with the sweet heat of gochujang.Toasted sesame oil and seeds provide subtle roasted bitter notes, while fresh garlic and scallions wake everything up with a little allium bite.
Whisk together tahini, hot water, and 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice until very smooth. Stir into chickpeas and bulgur to coat. Pour in remaining lemon juice and fold in parsley. Season to taste with salt. Serve immediately, or let cool slightly then refrigerate.
Yogurt is a remarkably effective tenderizer, and when cooked, it causes the meat to brown beautifully while also ensuring it stays tender and moist. And it works: this was some of the juiciest chicken I've eaten in a long time.
The two come together here as part of a tahini and lemon based marinade, which added a minty tang to the crust, only heightening this leg of lamb into one of the best pieces of meat to come off my grill this year. Grilled Butterflied Leg of Lamb. Adapted from Martha Stewart
Discard dried chilies and Sichuan peppercorns. Stir sauce to emulsify, adding a few drops of water if it is very thick (sesame paste can vary in thickness). Add cucumbers, scallions, cilantro, sesame seeds, and drained noodles. Toss to coat, adjusting seasoning with more tahini, sugar, soy sauce, or vinegar to taste.
Falafel often has good flavor, but a pasty, heavy texture. What I'm after is falafel that's shatteringly crisp on the outside and light, fluffy, almost crumbly on the inside, while still remaining very moist. I like my falafel to taste of chickpeas, but also to be packed with herb and spice flavor. Falafel that needs only simple condiments—tahini and hot sauce—to taste great.
Good brisket is often called the Holy Grail of barbecue—an apt description, given how rarely you find good smoked beef brisket in the wild. Sous vide cooking changes all that by allowing even a novice to produce brisket that's as moist and tender as the very best stuff you'll find in Austin or Lockhart, with all the savory brisket rub and smoky flavor you could want.
Hummus is the topic of many food debates in Jerusalem, and every person seems to have their own favorite preparation. Ottolenghi and Tamimi give their own tahini-rich recipe along with two variations, Musabaha (warm chickpea topping) and Kawarma (fried chopped lamb).
I've been making versions of this salad with crispy tofu, avocado, and grapefruit, flavored with za'atar and topped with a miso and tahini dressing, on and off for the last couple of months, each time tweaking the ingredients a bit. I've come to the conclusion that the base is delicious no matter what you do with it, and it all comes down to the texture of those three main ingredients: crisp ...
This version of cold sesame noodles from Mad Hungry by Lucinda Scala Quinn is the first I've seen that relies completely on tahini rather than using peanut butter and excessive amounts of sesame oil. The result isn't heavy or gummy—the opposite of oily and dense, it's lighter and creamier than any version I've tried. Along with the usual suspects in this dish—soy sauce, ginger, garlic—it ...
This chickpea-based mayonnaise ends up light, creamy, completely grease-free, and stiff enough to hold its shape when you mound it up, but loose enough to spread easily over a sandwich. I'm not tasting it side by side with real, egg-based mayo because I'm still staying vegan this month, but I'd put it up against any homemade mayo out there.
Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes, then beat in tahini and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture in 2 batches, mixing until a crumbly dough forms. Transfer dough to a sheet of plastic wrap and press into a disk.
This Radicchio Salad with Tahini Lemon Drizzle adapted from Cheryl Sternman Rule's Ripe tempers that bitterness with creamy, rich tahini, mild butter lettuce, crunchy-crisp cucumbers and bright lemon juice. It's a gorgeous salad to behold and to enjoy, full of big tastes and unexpectedly thrilling flavors.
Black tahini offers a sweeter, nuttier flavor than tahini made with white sesame seeds. With such black gold at my finger tips, I decided to add it to a hummus that could stand up to it, pigment-wise. The color alone is sure to turn a few heads at your next gathering.
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Mix soy sauce, sugar, mirin, and sake together in a small saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce to a simmer, and cook until thickened enough to coat a spoon, about 20 minutes.
A dish of tender roasted eggplant topped with tahini sauce that's good enough to eat over and over. Eggplant Sabich Sandwiches (Pitas With Eggplant, Eggs, Hummus, and Tahini) This Israeli sandwich of moist fried eggplant, crunchy pickles, hard-boiled egg, and creamy hummus has won our hearts.
A sandwich packed with vegetables that's so filling and flavorful, it will satisfy even the most sharp-fanged of carnivores. Roasted yams—sweet, smoky, and spicy—with tahini mayonnaise, cheese, and toasted walnuts for added crunch.
Sweet snap peas and mint is a classic combination that lends itself well to variation. Here we riff on it by adding yogurt and a couple other flavorful ingredients like tahini and harissa. It's light yet rich, cooling yet spicy.
Place the chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until well-processed.
Add chickpeas, garlic, tahini, and roasted vegetables to the bowl of a food processor. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pulse until well-chopped.
Recipes varied somewhat (most called for dried beans and hours of cooking), but I settled on one that featured fresh onion and tomato and only used cumin as a spice (other recipes had tahini, coriander seed, and more).
For the chicken: Combine the lemon juice, oregano, coriander, garlic, and olive oil in a blender. Blend until smooth. Season the marinade to taste with kosher salt and black pepper. Place the chicken in a 1-gallon zipper-lock bag and add half of the marinade (reserve the remaining marinade in the refrigerator).