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Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Tahini Recipe

Tahini is an oily Sesame seed paste which is a staple in many cuisines specially the Middle East and Mediterranean . It is the key ingredient for Hummus, the famous chickpea dip. It can also be used as an alternative to peanut butter. Apart from spreading on a toast or on a bread for sandwich , i also add this paste in many of my gravy dishes to get a nutty flavor and creamy rich texture.

Tahini can be made easily at home with just two ingredients , Sesame seeds and Olive oil. The home made Tahini is not only easy to make and tastes better than the store bought ones , but also it is easy on our pockets.

Tahini can be made with either hulled or unhulled Sesame seeds. You may use any other refined oil or sesame seed oil , if you do not have Olive oil.

  • 1 cup Sesame seeds
  • 3-4 Tbsp Oil ( i have used Olive oil)
  1. Toast the Sesame seeds on a heated skillet for about 4-5 minutes, stirring in between. The Sesame seeds get aromatic and slightly change the colour by this time. Take care not to brown the seeds. Toasting helps to reduce the bitterness of Sesame seeds and add a nutty flavor to the paste.

   2.  Remove the toasted Sesame seeds in a plate and let it cool down completely. Put them in a grinder or food processor and pulse 3-4 times to get a coarse powder.

  3.  Now add the Olive oil to the coarse sesame seed paste and blend it using a food processor or grinder. You may add more oil to get a smooth paste of flowing consistency. Transfer the Tahini paste in an air tight container and refrigerate.

  4.  The Tahini paste can be stored refrigerated for about a month. If the mixture separates, stir the Tahini to redistribute the oil. Use it over a toast or in a dip and enjoy !

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