Make this creamy Tahini Recipe at home with only two ingredients in just 15 minutes. Doesn't that sound good?
It's fresh, easy, delicious and is much low in cost. This tahini tastes so so much better than the ones you will buy from the store.
So, watch the quick video below for how to make the best Tahini Paste at home.
What is tahini?
Well, first, let me tell you it is also know as Tahina in Middle East.
Do you know what is tahini made of?
This is the question that has been pouring in my inbox and emails.
Well, we all know how high in price Tahina is in stores, right! And most of the time the store bought ones might be bitter in taste.
Who wouldn't want to make tahini from scratch that will cost them much less in price and tastes the best?
Exactly! This is key reason why there has been so many requests for authentic homemade tahini recipe.
It is a paste made from toasted hulled sesame seeds and olive oil. In more simple words, it is the sesame paste or call it as sesame butter.
Tahini is condiment staple to Mediterranean and Middle East region. Used in dip like Hummus, it also makes great base to salad dressings.
I am a big fan of Middle Eastern Recipes, so you will find a big batch of tahina in my refrigerator.
Special mention is of course for Hummus and Baba Ganoush. Because, we make it often at home and they are incomplete without this creamy tahina.
As I said, you need only two ingredients to make this recipe. One - hulled white sesame seeds and two - Extra virgin Olive Oil.
This paste is so easy to make at home, that it hardly takes up from your schedule to whip up. Toasting sesame seeds in pan is the only work that takes time here.
Try not to use unhulled sesame seeds as it gives bitter taste and doesn't usually get smooth when ground. Raw hulled ones should be the choice for best results.
Some people prefer to use avocado oil, sesame oil or canola as well as grape seed oil. But, I prefer to use olive oil only.
It gives lovely texture and a perfect Mediterranean flavor to the paste. So, I would insist you to use olive oil only to make this recipe.
So, grab white sesame seeds in bulk from the store and quickly whip this paste in minutes. Why I am saying to get it in bulk is because whatever amount of raw seeds you use, the ready tahini paste you get will be half of that measure. 🙂
Step by step instructions
To start with, add hulled white sesame seeds into the pan.
Dry roast the white sesame in pan on low heat stirring continuously.
It will take between 5 to 6 minutes until seeds are brown and release earthy aroma giving nutty flavor. Take it off the heat and set it aside to cool completely.
Transfer the toasted seeds in to blender or food processor.
Add olive oil and blend it to smooth paste. Do scrape off the mixture once in between.
Note : If you are using food processor, first pulse the seeds until crumbly and then add olive oil to process it into smooth paste. As I am making the paste using blender, I am directly blending it with oil.
Smooth tahina is ready to use. Transfer the paste into clean glass jar and store it in refrigerator. Use it as and when needed.
Cover and store the paste under refrigeration for a month. In fact, I have stored it even up to two months.
Just make sure to roast the seeds well until brown and use oil and not water to make the paste. Further, store it in clean airtight glass jar with and you are good to go.
You can even freeze the paste in portions and thaw it for few hours just before using it.
If you are storing tahini paste for longer time say more than 2 weeks, you may find that the paste and oil separates just like how the peanut butter does.
So, do not worry and give it a good stir to mix it up well.
Use hulled white sesame seeds over unhulled ones to avoid bitterness, for smooth paste and better taste.
Roast the seeds on low flame and stir constantly to avoid burning. You have to keep an eye on it as it tends to burn quickly if left unattended.
Always use good quality oil. And, I would again say the same to go for olive oil for best results.
Grind the seeds to paste in high powered blenders to get smooth tahina. You can use food processor, but high power blenders works the best.
Feel free to add some salt for, if you like it.
Ways to use it
So, let me list down for you on how to use tahini in various recipes.
The first thing first that comes in mind is Hummus. Tahini paste is a key element in most of the yummy hummus recipes.
Stir it in to make the most flavorful smoky eggplant dip called Baba Ganoush.
Turn the paste into tasty creamy tahina sauce and serve it along the side with kababs, pita breads and chips, roasted vegetables, sandwiches, shawarma.
Whisk it in to magical tahini dressing to make your favorite salads.
Mix it in pancakes or bakes to making nutty brownies, tarts and cookies.
Blend it into desserts to make tahini halva.
Or, slather tahini on bread or toast. Top it with your favorite fruits, berries and honey to make your weekend breakfast filling and healthy.
Frequently asked questions
Is tahini vegan and gluten free?
Yes, it is naturally vegan and gluten-free. In fact, it is keto friendly, paleo and Whole30 compliant.
What can you substitute for tahini?
Let me be honest here. If any recipes calls for the use of it, please do not go for other things instead of tahini.
Only, I repeat only if you are allergic to sesame seeds or have some medical conditions that calls to avoid it, then substitute tahini to nut butter.
You can use peanut butter or almond butter or whatever suits to your taste as per the condition. Having said that, taste may not be the same, but shall work fine.
Is tahini good for you?
It has number of health benefits that will do good for you.
Tahina is rich in minerals like phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and a great source of calcium.
Further, it is high in Vitamin E and Vitamin B group that boost energy and may protect you from heart disease.
It is rich in iron which may further prevent anemia.
Moreover, it is great source of protein and easy to digest as it has high alkaline mineral content.
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Homemade Tahini Recipe
- 1 cup Hulled White Sesame Seeds (Approx 145 grams)
- 3 tablespoons Olive Oil (( use extra virgin for best taste))
- To start with, dry roast the white sesame in pan on low heat stirring continuously.
- It will take between 5 to 6 minutes until seeds are brown and release earthy aroma giving nutty flavor.
- Take it off the heat and set it aside to cool completely.
- Transfer the roasted seeds in to blender or food processor. Pulse it couple of times to crumble the seeds.
- Add olive oil and blend it to smooth paste. Do scrape off the mixture once in between the blending.
- Transfer the tahina into clean glass jar and refrigerate. Use as and when needed.