Are you wondering what tahini is? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! People ask me all the time. Tahini is a Middle Eastern paste or sauce made from ground sesame seeds.
It’s relatively high in calcium and protein and is an excellent source of copper, zinc, iron, manganese, amino acids, and omega 3 and omega 6 oils – making this a healthy treat but remember it does have a high caloric value so a little goes a long way!
And best of all – it’s SO easy to make!
- 1 cup hulled sesame seeds
- 3 tablespoons or more extra virgin olive oi
Toast your sesame seeds – heat a clean, dry cast iron and add the sesame seeds. Stir frequently until they begin to turn golden brown and then stir constantly. Be careful, sesame seeds burn very easily.
Once they’re toasted, let them cool a few minutes then add them to a food processor.
Start by adding 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Process the mixture into a paste, scraping down the sides. Add more olive oil until you reach the desired consistency.
Makes a little less than 3/4 cup tahini paste, depending on how much olive oil you use.
Store the tahini paste in the refrigerator in an airtight jar. Will keep for several months.
My lunch budha bowl with lettuce, steak, onions, peppers, black beans and beets with hummus and tahini.