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Tehina is a thick dip with sesame seeds very popular in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. This dish is typical for the Orient, it being brought to Israel by the Jewish refugees from the Arab countries. The main ingredients are sesame paste, lemons, garlic, cumin and salt. In some recipes they add hot red pepper, parsley and olive oil. It is usually served with salads, breads or bourekas or on a small plate with pickles. Tehina is a staple foodstuff that is used in a variety of popular dishes. It is used in numerous dips and spreads, including hummus, and is also served as a condiment with falafel and other popular foods, and sometimes used in desserts when sweetened with date syrup.

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