Tahini is a spread or paste made with ground sesame seeds, olive oil and is used in many Greek, Lebanese, mediterranean or middle eastern recipes. This is an easy homemade tahini recipe, vegan & gluten free.
For making tahini hulled sesame seeds are used. Hulled seeds are those seeds whose outer covering has been removed. Always check the label while buying sesame seeds to check whether the seeds are hulled or not.
It is so simple to make tahini that you will never buy it again from store. This homemade tahini recipe is:
- Dairy Free
- Gluten free
- Vegetarian / Vegan
- Easy & quick to make
On of the popular uses of tahini is in making hummus (chickpeas dip). It makes the hummus smooth, creamy and gives it subtle nutty flavour. If you want to make restaurant like hummus at home, then always use tahini.
Some people add sesame seeds directly while blending chickpeas but I would suggest making tahini first and then use that paste in making hummus for authentic taste & richness.
Ways to use Tahini :
1. It can be used in making chickpeas hummus, roasted beetroot hummus etc.
2. It can be used as dips for falafel, lavash crackers or roasted vegetables.
3. You can use it in wraps, sandwiches, shawarma or falafel stuffed pita bread.
4. Add finely minced garlic cloves, lemon juice to tahini and you will have a delicious lemon tahini sauce ready. Drizzle it over roasted broccoli or cauliflower or delicious snack or side dish.
5. If you want to make your salads dressings creamy without mayonnaise then add 2-3 tsp of tahini sauce in it.
People get confused between tzatziki and tahini as both of them sound similar. However tzatziki is a yogurt based dip whereas tahini is made using sesame seeds.
Hope you would like this easy tahini recipe. Do checkout the tips shared at the end of post.
Ingredients for Tahini :
- Sesame Seeds (Hulled) – 1 cup
- Olive Oil-3 to 4 tbsp
- Salt*-1/8 to 1/4 tsp
*Adding salt is optional. However if you want to use it as a dip I would suggest adding it.
How to make Tahini:
Dry Roast the sesame seeds for 5-7 minutes till they turn slightly golden in colour.
We don’t want to roast them too much as otherwise tahini will turn bitter. The seeds should just release their aroma. Switch off the flame & let the sesame seeds cool down a bit.
To make tahini, add roasted sesame seeds in a grinding jar. First dry grind them. Then add 2 tbsp of Olive oil and blend once again. Now start adding olive oil little by little. The quantity of olive oil slightly varies depending on the quality of sesame seeds.
If they are of good quality they will release some oil of their own too. In some cases, when the seeds are old or the oil has already been extracted from them you might need to add more olive oil. Grind them till they gain smooth paste like consistency.
How to store Tahini?
Store this homemade tahini in an airtight jar in fridge. As it can go rancid quickly at room temperature, keep it chilled in fridge at all time. It stays good for 7 to 10 days. In case you see some oil separated in bottle after 2-3 days of keeping in fridge, just mix it well before using.
1. Roast the sesame seeds on low flame as the seeds can burn really quickly.
2. Don’t over roast the seeds as the resultant tahini will turn out bitter & dark in colour.
3. Use good quality extra virgin olive oil while making tahini.
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