طريقة عمل سلطة الطحينة الفلسطينية
This traditional Palestinian salad is super easy to make and really good. It has many versions and I shared one with you earlier, Palestinian Dakka, made with dill seeds, which are essential seeds in the Palestinian Kitchen specifically the Gaza cuisine. Today I am sharing a different salad, the main ingredient in todays recipe is basil. In Gaza, basil is a big part of our kitchen, unlike most of the Levant area where they use parsley or coriander leaves. Don't get me wrong, we love these herbs too, but basil is special.
For todays salad we need tahini. Tahini is sesame seed paste, we use it alot in our food. Especially with fish or sea food in general. Traditionally, this salad is a side dish for fish. But I am a basil and tahini fan and therefore this salad is a side dish to basically everything :) So feel free to make it whenever you feel like it.
For this you need a clay bowl. These are traditional in Palestine. It adds an earthy flavor to the food.
Although we call this a salad, we actually enjoy this with bread. Heat a pita bread on the stove top and use it to scoop the salad and enjoy it.
- Course salt
- 2 ripe tomatoes
- 2-3 green chilis
- 5-6 large basil leaves
- 1 garlic clove
- 3-4 tablespoons tahini
- lemon juice
- olive oil
* Add 1/2 teaspoon of course salt to the clay bowl. To that add the chopped green chilis and the garlic clove. I must say this salad is better hot and spicy for those who can bear it. Also do not add more than one garlic clove however tempted you feel. It will overpower all the other flavors.
*Now smash these to an almost pasty consistency. Chop the basil leaves, drop them in and lightly squish them to release all the flavor and aroma.
* Chop the ripe tomatoes and add them in the clay bowl. Give them a smash too to release the liquid inside and help them soften. Once you're done smashing, mix everything with a spoon.
* Add the tahini and lemon juice and give them a good mix and taste. The flavors must be balanced, tahini likes lemons so make sure it is a bit on the sour side.
*Now drizzle the olive oil on top. Heat the bread and dig in.