This is a recipe for making your own tahini paste at home. You can use this paste for flavoring recipes such as humus or Baba Ganoush. The recipe only uses two ingredients, sesame seed and sesame oil both of which are easily obtained at most grocery stores.
This recipe for Adas Polo is from an Assyrian friend. The dish combines Basmati rice, lentils, onion, beef, raisins and saffron. This version uses meat but you can easily leave it out if you prefer.
In the US hummus is typically eaten as a snack or an appetizer. It's a simple combination of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) tahini paste, lemon juice and olive oil with a little optional paprika and cumin. The traditional bread to serve would be pita. Total time does not include the overnight soak time for the chickpeas.
"There must be as many recipes for ras el hanout as there are spice vendors in Morocco. The name itself, which translates as "top (or head) of the shop," refers to the best combination of spices the seller can provide. Si Brahim, our spice vendor in Azemmour, incorporates thirty-four spices, dried roots, so-called aphrodisiacs, and other mysterious and unusual items. I prefer to use Naima Lakhm...