I still remember when I made Tahini ,I had kept it in container in Refrigerator. My son as usual, who is also my food tester , immediately went and tasted it and he was like “Mom!, what is that yuck stuff you had put in container?” , yes unlike your regular butter , you cannot directly taste Tahini else you wouldn’t touch it with 10 feet pole. They are quite bitter in taste as it is primarily sesame seeds paste. They are often used to prepare salad dressings,dips, sauces, hummus etc and it’s best not to taste Tahini directly. I first made this sauce when I wanted dip for Falafel (will be adding recipe shortly) and I really loved it.
You can refer to my recipe for home made Tahini. Tahini is good for health so if you are looking for healthy sauce, then the search ends here.
** Note: Now you can add 1/2 cup to 1 cup Tahini depending on the sesame seeds taste. You may not get the same type of sesame seeds everywhere across the globe so it’s best to add 1/2 cup and check. If sesame seeds are bitter then best stick to 1/2 cup only or less. Adding too less of Tahini might dilute the flavor of sauce. You can add or skip lemon zest depending on the amount of lemon flavor you want for the sauce
- 1/2 cup – 1 cup tahini paste (homemade/store-brought)
- 1 cup lukewarm water- adjust
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, or more to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest – optional
- Salt to taste
- 2 tsp fresh parsley, minced
Steps to prepare
- Add Tahini paste to food processor or grinder
- Now add rest of the ingredients. Blend well, keep scraping the sides while mixing it. Do not add all the water at once, add 1/4 cup at a time , process it and then check.
- Sauce should be creamy, if you are using for Falafel, it should be more of liquid while for dressings , bit thicker so adjust quantity of water as required. Garnish with minced parsley and serve with your favorite dish