What Is Tahini?

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Tahini is a thick paste made from ground sesame seeds. Common in Middle Eastern cuisine, tahini is what brings that nutty richness to hummus, baba ghanoush and halvah. You can find tahini in a jar or can at most grocery stores. A fresh can usually needs stirring to mix the oil and paste. 
 
Most falafel sandwiches are drizzled with a garlicky tahini sauce that is easy to make at home. Mix 1/4 cup of tahini with two minced garlic cloves, 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper. (Add a little water if the sauce is too thick.) 
 
Tahini is different than the sesame pastes popular in eastern Asia, which are made with unhulled seeds that create a more bitter flavor.  

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