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!”
Why I love this recipe
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 sauce 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.
Is Tahini 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 tahini as you want and you won’t feel guilty.
If you want to learn more about being vegan and the foods vegans can’t it, I have a nice guide that you can consult. If you have more questions about veganism, feel free to ask below.
Recipes Using Tahini
I love using tahini in my recipes because it adds so much flavor and nutrition to any recipe. Here are just a few of my favorite recipes
How To Make Tahini
- 1 cup Sesame Seeds Hulled
- 1/4 cup olive oil adjust for consistency
- 2 cloves garlic thinly sliced
- 2 tsp cumin powder Optional
- 1/2 tsp salt Optional
- 1/2 tsp black pepper Optional
- 1 tsp lime juice Optional
- 2 Tbsp water Optional
- 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