Recipe for Taratoor (Sesame Sauce)


3 medium garlic cloves; peeled and
1 ; finely chopped
1 cup tahina paste; (ground,
1 ; hulled sesame seeds)
1 cup cold water
1/2 cup lemon juice, fresh
1 teaspoon salt


In a deep bowl, mash the garlic to a paste with a pestle or the back of a large spoon. Stir in the tahina. then, with a whisk of spoon, beat in 1/2 cup of the cold water, the lemon juice, and salt. Still beating, add up to 1/2 cup more of water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the sauce has the consistency of thick mayonnaise and holds its shape almost solidly in a spoon. Taste for seasoning. Taratoor can be served as a sauce with baked fish or fried cauliflower, and is used as an ingredient in hummus and baba ghannooj.

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