Tahini (Sesame Seed Paste) Recipe

Tahini dip on a spoon
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Tahini is a paste made of ground sesame seeds which is used in many Near Eastern, Middle Eastern and Far Eastern recipes. This is a traditional recipe that is very simple to make with a blender or food processor.

Sesame seed paste, or tahini, is used in recipes for Middle Eastern hummus, a dip made from chickpeas, baba ghanouj, an eggplant dip also spelled baba ghannouj, baba ghanoush and baba ganoush, and halva, among other dishes.

This recipe makes 1/2 cup of tahini, so if your recipe calls for more (as a halva recipe would), then double, triple or quadruple the proportions in this recipe, as needed.

What You'll Need

  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup tepid water

How to Make It

    • Place 2 tablespoons sesame seeds in a blender or food processor and grind until smooth. Add 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Process until combined. With the motor running, add 1/4 cup tepid water in a very slow, steady stream and blend until smooth.
  • Makes about 1/2 cup Tahini Paste.

    Note: Sesame seeds turn rancid quickly, so make certain yours are fresh. Be sure to store them away from light and heat and use quickly. For more information on sesame seeds: Sesame Seed Cooking Tips and Recipes.

  • Sesame Seeds Thought to Bring Luck

  • Sesame seeds are considered to bring good luck and are seen in many foods, especially around New Year's, like this African Benne Cake/Cookie that is a favorite treat at celebrations of the American holiday of Kwanzaa. Other examples would include Chinese Sesame Balls and Sesame-Topped Bagels.

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