How To Make Tahini? Traditionally, it is made with only 2 ingredients: sesame seeds and oil. In this recipe, I add cumin powder, garlic, lime, salt and pepper. This recipe can be a tahini sauce, spread or a dressing.
I am not being presumptuous when I say that you and I are falafal fanatics, right? If we found ourselves on the streets of Manhattan at 4am after a looooong night of tech support, what is our first thought?
“I want a falafal sandwich right now!”
Lucky for us, falafal sandwich is very easy to find anytime in the city that never sleeps!
Falafal is considered incomplete if it isn’t smothered with tahini sauce. And by smothered, we mean, its oooooozing out of every pore of the pita bread!
When we take that first bite, the tahini awakens our tired taste buds and instantly rejuvenates them. That aroma of toasted sesame seeds activates our aroma buds and revives our soul!
What is Tahini?
Tahini is a recipe made with sesame seeds and water. That’s it! Depending on how much water you use in it, it can be a spread, sauce, dip or any kind of add-on.
A good tahini sauce doesn’t take hours to prepare! It comes together in 10 minutes or less.
Traditionally, tahini is made with only 2 ingredients: Sesame Seeds and Olive oil. But, you know that I just have to add a little something to any recipe that is out of the norm!
So, what is tahini used for?
The Greeks love to use it as a dipping sauce for their skewers. Persians love to drizzle it over their traditional halwa. Many Middle Eastern countries use it extensively in curate their meats and vegetables.
I discovered that it is very popular in Vietnamese cooking, especially in noodles. This has put me in a mood to experiment! Recipe coming soon.
In this recipe, I added roasted garlic, cumin powder, salt, pepper and lime. In the past, I have added sriracha sauce and it has turned out to be DELICIOUS!
If you want to make it a sauce, add about 1/4 cup of water and it will be the perfect dipping sauce for my eggplant chips. I even put it in my no bake energy bites because they make a delicious snack.
Is Tahini different from Hummus?
Yes, tahini is very different from hummus. Tahini is made with sesame seeds and Hummus is made with chick peas
Also, tahini uses only 2 main ingredients. Hummus can be made with chickpeas only.
Tahini works better as a sauce and hummus works better as a spread.
Either way, they are used in a variety of recipes. They are both extremely versatile and there is not recipe they can’t be put into
I have also used it to dip carrots or cucumber. Sometimes, tahini is more fun than Hummus because I can make it in less than 10 minutes
To make it a paste, just omit the water or add only about 2 Tbsp. The tahini paste is a perfect spread for my Falafal Burger
What is your favorite way to use Tahini?
How To Make Tahini
- 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