Tahini is a paste or sauce made from sesame seeds, used in Middle Eastern cuisine. You can eat tahini as a dip or you can use it to make hummus or baba ghanoush (we love them and we’ll share both recipes with you).
The original recipe uses toasted sesame seeds, although we sometimes make tahini with raw sesame seeds and it’s so delicious too. You can buy toasted sesame seeds or you can toast them, which is what we usually do.
We are hummus-aholic and we always use homemade tahini to make it because it’s really easy, delicious and cheap. You only need three ingredients: sesame seeds, oil (we use extra virgin olive oil because we are Spanish) and a pinch of salt.
If you buy toasted sesame seeds you will make this recipe in less than 5 minutes, but if you have raw sesame seeds you will have to toast them, it’s so easy, you only have to toast them in a hot pan over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until brown.
Tahini is similar to peanut butter, we use it in many recipes and we even eat them spread on bread or with a spoon, be careful, it’s addictive!
In the next recipe, we’ll use tahini to make a delicious hot sauce for summer rolls (a lighter and healthier version of spring rolls). You’re gonna love it!
- 1 cup toasted sesame seeds (90 grams)
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil (63 milliliters)
- ⅛ teaspoon salt (optional)
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until desired consistency.
- Keep tahini in the fridge in a glass container.