What is Tahini?

The Middle Eastern Pantry

by Middle Eats
Tahini The Middle Eastern Pantry

How do I make it? And where do I use it?

Tahini is on the menu in Book recipe, and we are going to teach you how to make this delicious recipe from scratch!

Tahina or Tahini is an important ingredient in many Middle Eastern cuisines, and it’s used in a wide array of sweet and savory dishes. It’s a paste made from sesame seeds that has a bitter, nutty, and fatty flavor unlike any other. Making Tahini is super simple, and there are a lot of easy dishes you can make with it.

Follow along with the 📝 recipes below👇🏾👇🏾

Rating: 5.0/5
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Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time: Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 200g (7 oz) White Sesame
  • 4 Tbsp Neutral Vegetable Oil or Sesame Oil

Light Tahini Sauce:

  • 75g (2.6 oz) Yoghurt
  • 50g (1.8 oz) Tahina
  • 50g (1.8 oz) Water
  • 20g (1 Tbsp) Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp White Pepper
  • 1/4 Tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 Tsp Chilli Powder (Optional)

Heavy Tahini Sauce:

  • 70g (2.5 oz) Yoghurt
  • 70g (2.5 oz) Tahina
  • 50g (1.8 oz) Water
  • 20g (1 Tbsp) Lemon Juice
  • 10g (1/2 Tbsp) White Vinegar
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/2 Tsp salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Pepper
  • 1/4 Tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 Tsp Chilli Powder (Optional)


To make the Tahini:

  1. Place the sesame seeds in a cold pan over medium heat, and toast them for 3-5 minutes until just starting to change colour and you can smell the sesame aroma
  2. Pour into a food processor or blender, and then process them into a very fine mixture
  3. Once it resembles sand, add in the vegetable oil and process for 5 minutes
  4. After 5 minutes it should resemble tahini paste, you can continue to process it to get it even smoother

To make the Tahini Sauces

  1. Whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl
  2. Add extra water to get to your desired thickness
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0:00 Intro
0:30 What is Tahina
1:57 How do I make Tahina?
3:24 What can I make with Tahina? Savoury
4:35 What can I make with Tahina? Sweet
5:28 Conclusion

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