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!
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?
Tahini is very common in many Mediterranean cuisines. Most commonly, it is used in Israeli street food cuisine like shawarma and falafal.
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. There are so many appetizers that would go great with it.
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
Quick and easy tahini recipe made with sesame seeds, olive oil, cumin powder, salt and pepper.
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
* 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.