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Can I substitute tahini for Japanese sesame paste (neri-goma)?

cecilia Mar 8, 2007 06:20 PM

I just came across a recipe for "Horenso No Goma Miso Ae" (Spinach with sesame miso sauce). It calls for Japanese sesame paste. I have tahini sitting in the fridge. Can I use tahini instead of the Japanese kind?

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    AnnaEA RE: cecilia Mar 8, 2007 06:30 PM

    Sure! It won't taste exactly the same, because sesame is usually toasted in Japanese cooking. You could compensate for that by stirring a little toasted sesame oil into the tahini though, I think.

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      another_adam RE: cecilia Mar 8, 2007 08:41 PM

      I'd try briefly toasting/cooking down a tablespoon or so of tahini, to make it a little dryer and give it more of a toasty flavor... (Still not quite the same thing, but closer)

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        mishidy RE: cecilia Mar 8, 2007 10:37 PM

        Tahini won't taste the same but you can make the Japanese kind pretty easily by just toasting the sees in a pan and using a mortar and pestle, suribachi or grinder to make it into a paste which is how it is commonly done in Japan.

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