Tahini is a sesame seed paste known for making many recipes creamier. It is a very useful and versatile ingredient to diversify your dishes. Use tahini to make salad dressings or top vegetables with a creamy tahini dressing. Spread the spread on toast or sandwiches or use as a vegetable spread. You can even add tahini to baked goods to give them a better consistency!
Method 1 of 3: Using Tahini in Vegetables and Salads
Step 1. Make a salad dressing
Mix ½ cup (120 ml) olive oil, ½ cup tahini, 2 teaspoons (10 ml) cider vinegar and 2 teaspoons (10 ml) lemon juice in a bowl. Use a spoon or whisk to mix the ingredients and add salt and pepper to taste.
Add the dressing to your favorite green leafy salad
Step 2. Use tahini in place of mayonnaise in pasta salads
Using your favorite pasta salad recipe, substitute tahini for mayonnaise. Put the sauce on the pasta, mix it well and enjoy!
Step 3. Mix steamed or roasted vegetables with a creamy tahini sauce
Bake or steam a combination of vegetables, such as carrots and broccoli. Place them in a bowl and add the creamy tahini sauce on top. Then mix well to cover all the vegetables with the sauce. To make the creamy sauce:
- Mash two cloves of garlic into a paste with the side of a knife and place in a large bowl.
- Add 1 teaspoon (10 g) of salt, 1 cup (240 g) of tahini and 1 cup (240 ml) of warm water. Beat ingredients until well blended.
- Add ½ cup (120 g) of chopped parsley, ½ cup (120 ml) of lemon juice, ¼ cup (60 ml) of extra virgin olive oil and ¼ teaspoon (1 g) of cayenne pepper. Mix until the ingredients are well combined.
Method 2 of 3: Using Tahini as Paste
Step 1. Make humus.
Place 1 cup of chickpeas (which has been soaked) in a large pot. Add water to cover all the beans. Then cook over medium or high heat for an hour or an hour and a half. When cooked, mix with 4 cloves of garlic, 1/3 cup (80 ml) of lemon juice, 2/3 cup (160 g) of tahini, and ¼ cup (60 ml) of extra virgin olive oil. Add salt and cumin to taste.
This is one of the more traditional ways to use the paste
Step 2. Spread on toast or a sandwich
Spread the tahini on toast and drizzle with honey or agave. To use in sandwiches, mix the tahini with lemon juice and cumin (or paprika) to taste. Spread the mixture on your favorite sandwich or hamburger.
Step 3. Drizzle meat such as chicken or steak
Chop one or two cloves of garlic and mix with 1/3 cup (80 g) of tahini, 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon (20 ml) of olive oil. Gradually add 2 to 6 tablespoons (30 to 90 ml) of warm water until the desired consistency is reached. Then add salt, cumin and cayenne pepper to taste.
You can also use ½ teaspoon (5 ml) of soy sauce or miso in place of lemon juice to make a more Asian sauce
Step 4. Use tahini as a vegetable sauce or potato chips
Dip your favorite vegetables in pure tahini. Another option is to add lemon juice, salt and pepper flakes to the sauce to add flavor.
Another good idea is to dip potato or pita chips in tahini
Method 3 of 3: Baking and cooking with tahini
Step 1. Make tahini chocolate chip cookies
Add the paste to cookie recipes, such as chocolate chip cookies, to give them a light nutty flavor. Tahini also makes them softer and more succulent. This recipe is very easy to make at home:
- Preheat oven to 180 °C and place parchment paper on a baking sheet.
- Use an electric mixer to mix ¼ cup (60 g) of tahini with 2 tablespoons (30 g) of softened butter. Add ¼ cup (60 g) of light brown sugar and beat until fluffy.
- Add one large egg and ¾ teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract and beat until well blended. Then add ½ cup (120 g) and 2 tablespoons (30 g) of flour, 1/8 teaspoon (1 g) of salt ¼ teaspoon (2 g) of yeast and baking soda and mix together with a spatula.
- Add 1/3 cup (80 g) of chocolate chips and stir with spatula. Roll the dough into 2.5 cm balls and place on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 9 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
Step 2. Try making a brownie recipe
Tahini will add a strong flavor and fudge texture to this dessert. Try making this basic recipe at home with family or friends:
- Preheat oven to 180 °C. Grease and cover a 20 cm baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Melt 100 g of semisweet chocolate in a bain-marie.
- In a large bowl, mix ½ cup (120 ml) and 1 tablespoon (20 g) of tahini with 2/3 cup (160 ml) of orange juice. Add melted chocolate and ½ cup icing sugar and mix some more.
- Sift 1 ½ cup (360 g) of flour with 1 tsp (5 g) of yeast. Add mixture to bowl and mix well.
- Place the mixture on the baking sheet and spread it out evenly. Then bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the outside is crispy.
Step 3. Thicken soups with tahini
Instead of using a roux for this, add 1 to 2 tablespoons (20 to 30 g) of tahini to the soups along with the other ingredients and mix well.
Use tahini in carrot, gazpacho, lentil, potato and tomato soups. The ingredient will give a creamy and rich texture to the dish
Step 4. Put the tahini in vitamins
Like peanut butter, tahini can also thicken vitamins. Use it in place of peanut butter and yogurt. Make a delicious banana smoothie by following this recipe: