How To Make Tahini? Traditionally, it is made with only 2 ingredients: sesame seeds and oil. This sesame paste is such a simple sauce, but packs and enormous nutrition punch

It’s time this amazing nutrition packed sauce gets its due!

What makes falafal taste magnificent? What gives hummus it’s signature taste?

Its this unassuming, fuss-free, 2-ingredient sauce ready in 5 minutes!

Let’s give a nod to this the mighty tahini!

Front View of a Small Glass Bottle Filled to the Top and Overflowing Slightly. Bottle is Filled with Tahini. Baby Spinach, Falafal Balls, Sesame Seeds and Finely Chopped Red Onions are Strewn Around in the Photo. In the Left Background, A Falafel Sandwich is Blurred and there is a Lightly Squeezed Half Lime on the Right. How to Make Tahini?
Tahini is an easy 2 ingredient sauce that has so much nutrition.

What is tahini?

Tahini is a paste made with hulled sesame and water. It’s often referred to as sesame butter because sesame is blended to a buttery texture.

Making tahini is the least stressful recipe because you just dump 2 ingredients in a blender and let it do the work. Within minutes, you have the perfectly smooth tahini paste.

I like to flavor mine with things like garlic and cumin. Also, lemon adds a nice tang to it. For a little color, add turmeric or even beet juice.

Front View of a Falafel Pita Sandwich Held by the Author
Tahini makes recipes taste so good.

Answering Common Questions

Is tahini hard to make

A good tahini sauce doesn’t take hours to prepare! It comes together in 5 minutes or less. Traditionally, it is made with only 2 ingredients: sesame seeds and extra virgin olive oil. 

Does it need to be refrigerated?

It should be kept at room temperature and away from direct sunlight. As long as the lid is closed tightly, it can last for months.

What is it’s consistency?

Tahini can be a paste, sauce or liquid dressing. The more water you add, the more liquidy it turns out. If you are using it as a spread, add less water. To put it in something like a carrot cucumber salad, make it more creamier by adding more water.

Is it vegan?

Tahini is very much vegan. It is made with sesame seeds and oil, which are both vegan. So, feel free to eat as much as you want and you won’t feel guilty.

Why hulled sesame should be used?

Hulled sesame have their rough outer shell removed. This makes it easier to blend and they are also easier to digest. Unhulled sesame seeds are harder to blend and consumer. However, unhulled sesame seeds are a calcium and iron powerhouse.

If you are confused about veganism, I have a handy guide which lists what items are vegan and vegetarian friendly.

Front View of a Small Glass Bottle Filled to the Top and Overflowing Slightly
Tahini can be a spread, sauce or dressing.

How can tahini be thinned?

  1. Add about a few teaspoons of water to the tahini.
  2. The amount of water needed will depend on the thickness of tahini.
  3. Whisk or blend it. You can also stir it vigorously with a silicone spatula.
  4. After adding water, it should be have the thickness of ketchup.

Sometimes, tahini can be thick or gloopy. The good n

Make ahead and storage

The good news is that you can make this ahead and store it for months. I like to store it in small glass jars like this one from (Affiliate Link) Amazon.

Tahini has a long shelf life. Put it in a glass bottle and place it in a cool, dry place which is away from the sun. This way, it can last for 6 months or longer.

Further good news is that it doesn’t need to be refrigerated. Actually, it’s better to keep it at room temperature. If refrigerated, it gets clumpy.

The only bad news is that, no much how much you make, it will never be enough. This paste is so addictive that everyone devours it up quickly.

How to use tahini

Overhead View of a Bronze Spoon Dipped in the Tahini Sauce Laying Flat on a Brown Tile. Some of the Tahini is Spilled Around the Spoon. Baby Spinach, Falafal Balls, Sesame Seeds and Finely Chopped Red Onions are Strewn Around in the Photo. In the Left Background, A Partial View of a Falafel Sandwich is Visible. How to Make Tahini?
All you need are hulled sesame seeds and oil to make tahini

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Front View of a Small Glass Bottle Filled to the Top and Overflowing Slightly. Bottle is Filled with Tahini. Baby Spinach, Falafal Balls, Sesame Seeds and Finely Chopped Red Onions are Strewn Around in the Photo. In the Left Background, A Falafel Sandwich is Blurred and there is a Lightly Squeezed Half Lime on the Right. How to Make Tahini?

How To Make Tahini

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How To Make Tahini? Traditionally, it is made with only 2 ingredients: sesame seeds and oil. This sesame paste is such a simple sauce, but packs and enormous nutrition punch
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 1 cup
Calories 168 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Heat a heavy bottom pan on medium heat and add the garlic to it. 
  • When the garlic starts to brown, add the hulled (*see notes) sesame seeds
  • Toast the seeds for about 3 minutes or until slightly browned.  Stir constantly
  • Remove from the heat and let them cool for a few minutes
  • In a processor, add the garlic and sesame seeds
  • Grind them for about 1 minute
  • Add the oil in 2 batches.  Grind after each batch
  • Add the cumin powder, salt and pepper (if using)
  • Grind again until well blended
  • Add lime juice and grind one last time
  • If using, add water now (** See note)
  • Refrigerate and store in an air tight container

Video

Notes

NUTRITION INFO IS APPROXIMATE
* Use oil for the consistency. To keep the seeds coarse, add half of the oil.
** I added water just to make it more of a Sauce consistency.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cupCalories: 168kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 20gFat: 110gSaturated Fat: 17gSodium: 15mgPotassium: 773mgFiber: 18gVitamin A: 50IUVitamin C: 3.4mgCalcium: 1511mgIron: 24.8mg
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8 Comments

  1. Interesting recipe, I was surprised that you did not put in links to Ex: the food processor you use. The reason I ask this is because not all are able to do a good job of the grinding.

  2. This is not the real authentic tahini. The real tahini we buy in supermarkets locally are mashed sesame seeds only. They settle if left unattended for a long time. Before using mix again.

    1. My recipe uses less oil than the store bought one and it also adds a little flavor. I wanted to make a healthier option and I succeeded at it. If you read my post, you will notice that I wasn’t going for authentic tahini. Authentic tahini has been done many times and its always on the oily side. Instead, I was going for my ideal version of tahini.

  3. I have always made Tahini sauce by using the same two ingredients and it has never disappointed me. Never tried adding garlic and cumin powder (as cumin powder is more like Indian spice, which we use in Indian curries) but didn’t know that we can use the same for Mediterranean cuisine too. I will give a try to this recipe.

    1. Thank you, Kirti. Cumin powder is very Indian and Mexican ingredients, but, its slowly inching its way into other world cuisines. Mediterranean recipes have used it in meat curating recipes, so, its fun to put it into a tahini recipe too. Personally, I am a huge fan of fusion recipes.