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Tahini paste is used in a variety of dishes. Tahini-based sauces are common in Arab and Israeli restaurants as a side dish or as a garnish, usually including lemon juice, salt and garlic, and thinned with water. Tahini sauce is a popular condiment for meat and vegetables in Middle Eastern cuisine. It is also a main ingredient in soups. As a spread, tahini can replace peanut butter on bread, though the flavour and texture are quite different.

In Turkey, tahini mixed with pekmez is common as a breakfast item, especially in the wintertime.

In Cyprus, tahini is mixed with a sort of pastry along with sugar making a sweet dessert or breakfast side. It is called Tahin and is most common in the Northern Cyprus.

Tahini is also the main ingredient in the Mediterranean type of halva.

We have a nice tahini dip here