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Thin Tahini (Sesame Paste)

isadorasmama Apr 22, 2007 03:29 PM

My husband is on the hunt for a certain kind of tahini. I normally buy it at the grocery store and even when I mix the oil back in it's still pretty thick. We're looking for the kind that they use at Bitar's or Aliyan's (sp?) - I'm assuming they use it in both their hummus and as a drizzle on falafel.
We're in Phoenixville so if someone could advise where to find it locally that would be wonderful. The city would work too...we'd just have to enlist someone to pick it up for us.

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    Bride of the Juggler Apr 23, 2007 06:01 AM

    I believe there is a difference between tahini itself (just sesame paste) and tahini sauce (which includes oil and lemon juice). You may want to search for a recipe for tahini sauce to make what you are looking for. Thank you.

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    1. re: Bride of the Juggler
      Hungryin theBurbs Apr 23, 2007 06:50 AM

      Tahini sauce is just regular tahini thinned with water, with lemon and garlic (and sometimes a pinch of cayenne). I've never seen it sold anywhere. You just buy a can of tahini and make it yourself. It is what Bitar's et al use on their falafel. You might be able to get them to sell you the ready-made sauce, but it is super easy to make yourself. For hummus, just mix in regular tahini (you can add a bit of water if it is too thick).

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      brightman Apr 22, 2007 04:27 PM

      Bitar's will sell you tahini. It is in the same case as the hummous and baba ghanouj.

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