Monday, February 25, 2008

Tahina Bakdoonisiya - Egyptian Sesame-Parsley Dipping Sauce.

This dip is based on Tahini, a Middle Eastern seasame seed sauce. You may have tasted tahini in Hommus or Baba Ghanouj, which are dips. Bakdoonisiya can also be considered a dip, but it is more of a condiment. You can buy tahini in most grocery stores now, and it is available in any Middle Eastern market.

Bakdoonisiya is commonly eaten with fava beans, falafel, shawirma, and shish kebab. The nutty, tangy flavor is one of my favorite tastes and I can eat it simply as a bread dip. You can also dip vegetables in it, serve it with meats, or use it as a salad dressing. It is also nice to have it as an hors devours with fresh vegetables and bread.

  • 2 tablespoons tahini Middle Eastern sesame seed sauce.
  • 1 bunch parsley, chopped fine
  • 1 large, juicy lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3-4 tablespoon water
  • 1 drizzle extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Hungarian or Ethiopian paprika

  • Scallions
  • Ripe Red Tomatoes
  • Radishes
  • Cucumbers
  • Syrian Bread

  1. Place the tahini in a bowl, mix in 1 teaspoon of water, squeeze in some of the lime. Stir thoroughly.
  2. Repeat this process until you have a smooth liquid with the consistency of a milk shake. You should use up all the lime and most of the water.
  3. Mix in the parsley and salt.
  4. Sprinkle paprika over the top and drizzle with olive oil.

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