Updated: Jun 5, 2020
Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds and oil. Tahini sauce is a mixture of tahini paste, lemon juice, garlic, spices and water. This traditional sauce is served throughout the Middle East to accompany dishes like hummus, falafel, and babaganoush. It is a dairy-free alternative to cream sauce.
Tahini sauce is easily available in market, but I always prefer home made tahini sauce, reason is the bitterness after its long wait on the shelf and making your own tahini sauce at home is not only easy but cost effective too. You will only need easily available few ingredients and a grinder.
Once you store your Tahini into fridge, you can use it in so many ways like salad dressing, spread on a toast and like a dip.
Preparation Time- 5 minutes
Cooking and serving Time- 10 minutes
Total Time- 15 minutes
1/2 cup slightly roasted sesame seed
¼ cup lukewarm water or more according to consistency
3 cloves garlic
2 lemons for lemon juice
1 tab sp. Olive oil
Salt, to taste
1 tsp fresh parsley finely chopped
How to make- 1. Grind tahini paste, lukewarm water, garlic, lemon juice and salt together in a food processor or blender until sauce is creamy.
2. After a few minutes of blending, sauce will turn into a rich, smooth paste. If mixture is too thick, slowly add more water until it reaches the preferred consistency. Add little water at a time depending on the thickness of your tahini paste.
There’s a difference between good and bad tahini. The best tahini is smooth and creamy and has nutty flavor, the consistency should be like that you should eat it with a spoon. . Bad tahini, on the other hand, can be dry and bitter .For a good tahini please follow few tips.
slightly toast the sesame seeds it enhances the nutty flavor and reduce bitterness.
For and nice flavored tahini use mild olive oil or sesame oil.
Check the tahini’s consistency. It should be smooth, not gritty, Add more oil if required. To reach a similar consistency as store-bought, add 3 to 4 tablespoons of oil.
Adjust garlic and lemon juice according to your taste.
If you want to store tahini in your fridge, use oil instead of water. (It lasts over a month).
Before using it, stir it well.