Tahini (Middle Eastern) | Totally Vegan Buzz
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This traditional Middle Eastern paste is made with sesame seeds and can be enjoyed on its own as a salad dressing, dip, or used as a sauce base. 

Get these:

  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 2-3 tablespoons neutral-tasting oil (such as olive oil or vegetable oil)
  • Optional: a pinch of salt

Do this:

  1. Toast the sesame seeds: Place the sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat. Toast them for a few minutes, stirring frequently, until they turn golden brown and become fragrant. Be careful not to burn them. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. Grind the sesame seeds: Once the toasted sesame seeds have cooled, transfer them to a food processor or a high-powered blender. Process or blend the seeds until they start to break down into a coarse powder.
  3. Add oil: While the food processor or blender is running, gradually drizzle in the oil. Start with 2 tablespoons and add more if needed to achieve the desired consistency. The oil helps to emulsify the tahini and give it a creamy texture. If desired, you can also add a pinch of salt at this stage.
  4. Blend until smooth: Continue processing or blending the mixture until it becomes smooth and creamy. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides of the container occasionally to ensure even blending.
  5. Taste and adjust: Once the tahini reaches your preferred consistency, taste it and adjust the seasoning if needed. You can add more salt or a squeeze of lemon juice for added flavour, depending on your preference.
  6. Store and use: Transfer the tahini to a clean jar or airtight container. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a few weeks. Before using, give it a good stir, as separation may occur.

That’s it! Homemade tahini is ready to enhance your Middle Eastern dishes or be enjoyed on its own. Experiment with different variations by adding herbs, spices, or garlic to create unique flavour profiles. Enjoy the rich, nutty goodness of homemade tahini in your favourite recipes.

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