What is Tahini Sauce?
Combining the lovely creamy and nutty flavor of tahini with the beautiful taste of fresh lemon juice.
The flavor is definitely tahini lemon, one more than the other depending on desired consistency.
Also often used as a salad dressing this recipe is very versatile.
How to Make Tahini Sauce
This easy recipe takes just a couple minutes to make, and lasts for up to ten days in the fridge.
Blend again, and as the blender is going, slowly pour water into the mixture and continue to process.
Once all the ingredients are well mixed, taste and adjust if necessary, add more water, or lemon juice.
The adjustment will usually be to alter the consistency and not so much the flavor, unless you want an extra lemony taste.
What to Serve with Tahini Sauce
The first thing that comes to mind is falafel, these two were definitely made for each other.
It is a Palestinian dish known as ba’dounsiyeh and is truly lovely.
This sauce is most often served with sandwiches in the Middle East, bringing a savory zing with it.
It is great on its own as a dip with crudités.
Tahini sauce is also a wonderful addition to stir fries, bringing the characteristic nutty flavor.
Try dipping your french fries in it, you won’t be sorry.
Where Does Tahini Come From?
The sesame plant is a flowering annual (and sometimes perennial) that grows to be about 60 inches high.
One of the world’s earliest cultivated plants, it was prized for the oil it produced.
Sesame seeds are not easy to harvest mechanically, and therefore are usually grown in small strips of land, and harvested by hand.
The largest growers are India, Burma, and Sudan with smaller harvests coming from other countries around the world.
Next the seeds are roasted using machines using either gas flames or electric elements.
The sesame seeds are then sorted through to remove any foreign objects, or bad seeds.
The seeds are then ground to produce the tahini texture we are familiar with.
Because the oil, and butter tend to separate, the paste is homogenized to keep it all mixed.
Any trapped air is removed and the paste is cooled immediately.
Then it is packaged, boxed up and sent to your local supermarket.
Tahini in Sweets
Tahini can be used to make granola or even to create a delicious ice cream sweetened with honey.
Sesame Seeds in Sweets
Sesame seed candy is known the world over, and is very popular in the Middle East.
Benefits of Sesame Seeds
For such a small seed, they have tremendous benefits when eaten regularly as part of a balanced diet.
Sesame seeds are well known as a great source of fiber that will keep you regular.
A very nutritious source of plant based protein, especially with the hulled sesame seed.
Possessing a good amount of calcium, zinc, manganese, and magnesium, sesame seeds can be great for bone health.
Known to lower cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure, sesame seeds are a healthy addition to any diet.
Sesame seeds are also a good source of B vitamins, and are known to reduce inflammation.
Since sesame seeds are low in carbohydrates, high in protein and fat they are helpful in controlling blood sugar.
Rich in antioxidants which help fight off stress, sesame seeds can also boost your immune system.
Other benefits are support for thyroid health as well as helping readjust hormones during menopause.
So next time you are offered tahini sauce, say yes please!
Tahini Sauce Recipe
- ¾ cup Tahini
- ½ cup Lemon Juice
- ½ tsp Salt
- ½ tsp Garlic Paste
- ¼ cup Water