Tajen, not to be confused with tajine or tagine, is a spicy side dish with fish and tahin, sesame sauce. You can have it as a mezze dish or even a sauce. You can spice it up as much as you want and you can enjoy it warm or cold. This versions skips the fish altogether and replaces it with soft-cooked onion. Just as delicious!


  • 400 gr onion, plus one for the sauce
  • 250 ml tahin
  • 250 ml hot vegetable stock
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 chili peper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • A small handful coriander leaves
  • Juice form 1 lime
  • Pine nuts for garnish


  1. Peel and slice the onions into thin stripes. Heat a bit of oil and fry them on gentle heat until soft.
  2. For the sauce, peel and slice onion and crush the garlic.
  3. Finely chop the chili and coriander.
  4. Mix the tahin with the hot stock with a whisk.
  5. Heat a bit of oil in a pan and fry the onion until tender and translucent. Add the garlic and chili. Add the spices and fry until fragrant.
  6. Add the fried onion.
  7. Pour the the tahin sauce in the pan and add the coriander and lime juice. Mix well and transfer to a serving dish.
  8. Roast the pine nuts in a pan (without oil) and sprinkle over the tajen.
  9. Enjoy this dish hot or cold.