Tahini Paste is crucial for flavoring in various dishes such as hummus, baba ghanoush and halvah, but it can be difficult to find and expensive. Here's a simple, do it yourself recipe that offers great flavor and will keep for several months in the fridge.
Olive Oil (or Peanut oil or Sesame Oil, depending on your tastes)
For every 1 cup of lightly toasted Sesame Seeds (hulled will give a smoother paste with a milder flavor) add 2 to 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil (Begin with 2 Tablespoons and add more if needed to get to the desired consistency.) Process to a smooth paste. This will make approximately 3/4 cup Tahini.
To toast sesame seeds -- Spread the sesame seeds on a shallow baking tray and bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven , shaking frequently, until fragrant. (around 5 minutes in my oven) Do not allow them to turn brown. Cool before placing in processor.
Frequently sesame seeds can be found online for around $5 per Pound.
Check your local health food store for deals on bulk sesame seeds.
To make a Simple Tahini Sauce:
- 2/3 cup tahini paste (recipe above)
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1/4 tsp salt
Combine all in a small food processor for 30 seconds. This is great on Felafels!
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