Tahini Sauce is a Middle Eastern Condiment. It is prepared from roasted and hulled sesame seeds. We may use it as a sauce or as a dip.
If you are a fan of the middle east or Mediterranean food, no introduction is necessary for the Tahini sauce. It is like a staple in the pantry and used to go with a wide range of food.
The best thing about the Tahini sauce is, It is vegan and Gluten-free. As we all know it a really a good thing to have a dairy-free and cream-free sauce.
What is Tahini
Tahini or Tahina is a middle eastern condiment made from hulled white sesame seeds. You may serve it as a dip or sauce. It tastes like a rich nutty spread with a rich citrus blast.
Tahini paste is different from the sauce. It is just the ground sesame seeds paste. For the sauce, we add tahini paste along with garlic, lemon juice, and salt.
- You will need Sesame seeds.
- Peel the garlic cloves.
- Chop the parsley or Cilantro if using.
Sesame seeds are the base for Tahini seeds. So use good quality white sesame seeds for the sauce.
You may add any flavorless oil, but the best recommendation would be extra virgin olive oil.
For the Sauce the tangy flavor is very important, so do not skip adding lemon Juice. But you may increase or decrease the quantity as per your preference.
Cilantro or Parsley
Usually in Tahini sauce, You may add finely chopped parsley leaves. In case if you are not able to source Parsley, Cilantro would be the best replacement.
Consistency of Tahini Sauce
The best thing about the tahini sauce is that you can control the consistency of the sauce. It is usually of the pourable consistency but you may also have it like a dip.
As we grind the Tahini sauce we add water this is what controls the consistency. Add water as you wish and hence the Tahini sauce's consistency is controllable as you prefer.
If you are serving it for a salad, You can make the sauce runny and use it as a dressing. If using it along with Falafel you may have it as a semi think sauce. Also, If using it along with Pita bread or veggies you may have it like a dip.
With Tahini Sauce the Serving options are plenty. You can serve it with Salads, Fries, Nuggets, Falafel, Pita bread.
While serving Tahini with salad as a dressing make sure you add water and adjust the consistency as needed or necessary.
How to make Tahini Sauce
1) In a blender add in sesame seeds
2) To this add Olive oil.
3) Blend it to a coarse paste.
4) To this add in the Galic clove.
5) Also add in the required salt.
6) Also squeeze in the juice from half lemon.
7) Now blend it to a fine paste. Add-in the required water and bring it to a sauce consistency or a dip consistency as you prefer.
- You may also flavor the Tahini sauce if you prefer.
- Few best options would be adding Red Chilli flakes, Adding Italian seasoning, or dried herbs. You may also add in more fresh parsley.
- The consistency of the tahini is runny as a dip. Always use less water while grinding and then add more based on the consistency you desire.
- It goes well as a dressing in salads, dip on pita bread, and many more. I served my tahini with some pita bread and chance I made more like a spread.
You may freeze the sauce for up to a month. Or you can store it in the fridge for a week in air tight container.
Whenever you put it in the fridge store it in a clean sterilized jar and use a clean spoon.
The Tahini may get thick as you store it in the fridge so use cold water as needed and stir to adjust the consistency.
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Homemade Tahini Sauce
Standard 1 cup measures 240 ml
- ¾ cup Sesame Seeds
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 3 Garlic Clove
- Salt as needed
- 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
- Water as needed
- 1 tbsp Cilantro or Parsely to garnish
- In a blender add in sesame seeds
- To this add Olive oil.
- Blend it to a coarse paste.
- To this add in the Galic clove.
- Also add in the required salt.
- Also squeeze in the juice from half lemon.
- Now blend it to a fine paste. Add-in the required water and bring it to a sauce consistency or a dip consistency as you prefer.
Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist, the nutrition value provided here is an estimate. It will vary based on the quantity and brands of the products used.