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Cauliflower in Tahini sauce – Arnabit b Thineh

For a healthier version, steam the cauliflower instead of frying it

Tahini sauce or sesame paste sauce is at the base of different Lebanese traditional recipes such as “kebbeh arnabieh”, “mansoufi kolkas” and others… “Arnabit b Thineh” is a winter dish prepared when cauliflowers are available. It is delicious and consistent. Usually the cauliflowers are deep-fried, but here we propose a healthier version with either boiled or steamed cauliflowers. Cauliflowers are packed with dietary fibers and vitamins (C, K and B6); they are also rich with folate and omega-3 fatty acids.


1 medium cauliflower, washed and steamed or boiled

1 cup of tahini paste

5 cups of water

½ cup of orange juice

½ cup of lemon juice

1 medium onion, finely sliced

1 tbsp. of olive oil

2 tbsp. of roasted pine nuts

2 garlic gloves, smashed

Pepper, salt to taste

Preparation steps:

  1. Mix all the sauce ingredients: tahini, water, juices, spices and garlic. You may need to add more water if you prefer a more liquid sauce. Remove tahini clumps with a fork
  2. In a frying pan, heat the olive oil and fry the sliced onion until gold
  3. Strain the onion from additional oil
  4. In a baking dish, line the cauliflowers and cover with the sauce, then add the strained onions and decorate with the pine seeds
  5. Put the baking dish in a heated over for 20 minutes or until the sauce starts boiling
  6. Serve hot with cooked rice on the side
Before baking the dish, add some roasted pine seeds

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