Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds and is a staple in many cuisines, especially in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. It is vegan, gluten-free, tasty, and very easy to make.
As we all know that sesame seeds are very healthy. The benefits of sesame seeds are not just culinary, but this nutrient-dense condiment is good for our body as well. Sesame seeds include a combination of protein vitamins, minerals, and fibres, which offer a variety of health benefits. Vitamin E in sesame seeds function as antioxidants, which combat oxidative stress in your body and boost your immunity. Sesame seeds may aid blood sugar control because they’re low in carbs and high in quality protein and healthy fats. So, all of these aspects make this recipe a healthy one! (Also read –> Can Sesame Seeds Help To Control Your Cholesterol Levels?)
The most well-known way to use tahini is its use in making hummus, but you can also use it in salad dressing, as a dip or you can also try it as a sauce. (Try out my favorite recipe –> Beetroot Hummus – A Healthy Recipe You Must Try)
1 cup (140 grams) sesame seeds, hulled
2 to 4 tablespoons olive oil
Pinch of Kosher salt, optional
Step 1 – Toast the seeds
Add sesame seeds to a pan over medium-low heat and toast it by stirring continuously until the seeds become fragrant and very lightly coloured (not brown) for 3-5 minutes. You need to be careful because sesame seeds can burn quickly. Transfer the toasted seeds to a plate and allow it to cool completely.
Step 2 – Tahini making
Add sesame seeds to the food processor and then process until grounded properly. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil into it and again process for 2 to 3 minutes more. Tahini’s consistency should be creamy, smooth, and not gritty. You may need to process for another minute or add the additional tablespoon of oil. Taste the tahini for seasoning then add salt to taste. Process it for another 5 to 10 seconds.
You can store tahini in the refrigerator for one month. You may notice it separates over time. If this happens, give the tahini a good stir before using.
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