Tahini Paste

tahini paste
Tahini Paste

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.
tahini-paste
You’ll need:
Sesame Seeds
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.

FYI:
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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4 Comments

  1. i usually toast my sesame seeds in a non-stick frying pan. just cover the pan with the seeds and toss them around to brown, being very careful though as they can become over toasted in a flash. :great:

  2. i usually toast my sesame seeds in a non-stick frying pan, only because i don’t like turning on my oven for quick/simple things such as this.

    i just cover the pan with the seeds and toss them around to brown, being very careful though as they can become over toasted in a flash. :great:

  3. I love hummus with a jalapeno and cilantro added. Now I can make my own at home for much cheaper.
    Thanks for all the great tips

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