Thanks everyone I'll add a bit of peanut butter if I still can't find it. My health food store doesn't have it and our Walmart doesn't sell produce. The recipe I made was one of SP's just without tahini . I find it tastes just like store bought hummus.
Tahini is basically seasame seed's version of peanut butter. I'm not sure what real hummus you have tasted but tahini is a key ingredient for getting an authentic flavor. They will have tahini at your local health conscious food store. In regular stores it's on the ethinic aisle near the indian foods.
I'm not sure what you are making; it's probably more like a westernized bean dip.
I think hummus just doesn't taste like hummus without it, lol. But if you enjoy the hummus you've made without it, there's no reason you can't just omit it. The tahini I've bought always runs a bit pricey, so it's probably just as well if you don't like it!
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Tahini is sesame seed paste so, yes, it is a bit fatty. Some would say it is an essential ingredient in hummus...otherwise you just have chickpea puree.
You should be able to find it in many stores, certainly in your local health food, vegetarian, or "ethnic food" store. I've always been able to find tahini if I looked or asked.
I have recently discovered hummus and veggies as a filling afternon snack . What is the purpose of the tahini ingredient ? Is it a fat ?. I have made my own hummus and have omitted the tahini paste because I can't find it in stores here.I could add some olive oil to replace the fat if neccessary. I haven't noticed a change in flavor in the hummus because I've omitted that particular ingredient .
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