Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds and is a staple in many cuisines, especially in the Mediterranean and Middle East. It plays an essential part in making hummus, although its uses go far beyond that iconic dip.
EASY HOMEMADE TAHINI
(Adapted from The Kitchn)
1 cup sesame seeds
2 tablespoons, neutral flavoured oil such as mild olive oil, grape seed or canola oil
- OPTIONAL – For more nuttier flavour you can roast sesame seeds first. Add sesame seeds to a wide, dry saucepan over medium-low heat and toast, stirring constantly until the seeds become fragrant and very lightly colored (not brown), 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer toasted seeds to a baking sheet or large plate and cool completely. (Careful, sesame seeds can burn quickly).
- Place the sesame seeds in a food processor and pulse until it resembles a crumbly paste.
- Add 2 tablespoons of oil to the food processor. Process for 1 to 2 minutes, scraping down the sides as necessary, until the mixture forms a thick and fairly smooth paste.
- For thinner tahini, add more oil, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, and process until the desired consistency is reached. It should be pourable.
- Add salt to taste and process until combined.
- Transfer the tahini to a jar or other airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator for a month or longer. If the mixture separates, give the tahini a good stir before using.