abakadoo ma’ taheena – avocado appetizer

Syria and Lebanon

4 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons taheena
1 large or 2 medium avocados
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Pinch cayenne
1/2 teaspoon paprika

Place the lemon juice and taheena in a blender and blend for a moment; then set aside.

Pit and peel the avocados and cut into pieces, then add them with the remaining ingredients — except the paprika — to the lemon juice/taheena mixture and blend into a smooth paste. Place on a flat serving platter and sprinkle with the paprika. Can be served as is, or chilled.

Makes 1 cup.

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