If you find a good, authentic falafel
joint, you will
most probably have some
variant of the following sauce
dribbled into your
. The taste
is quite unlike almost anything
else that I know of, but it combines sublime
with the other ingredients and provides an excellent contrast to the red hot chili
sauce also lurking in there.
- Combine tehina and yogurt.
- Titrate in the lemon juice, a tablespoon at a time,
until the sauce looks and tastes Good(TM).
It should be more spoonable than pourable.
- Stir in the garlic and/or parsley if you feel like it
-- they change the taste, and not necessarily for
the better. YMMV.
- Cram into a pita pocket along with falafel,
Israeli salad, pickles, a few chilis and
a dash of hot sauce, and devour voraciously.
- If you substitute water for yogurt and are careful
with the lemon juice, you'll get a simple but tasty
tehina dip instead, good for dipping your pita even
without the falafel on the side. Still, when combined with anything hot, the yogurt is essential for cooling your taste buds (cf. raita).
- And if you omit the tehina but are sure to include
the garlic, you'll get something resembling the
yogurt sauce Turks put in their kebab.