How to Make Tahini (Sesame Seed Paste)

Updated on March 23, 2018
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Home-Made Tahini (Sesame Seed Paste)

Tahini Is Rich With High Quality Nutrients

Sesame seeds and olive oil are the main ingredients for making tahini. Sesame seeds are a good source of natural oils, vitamins, and minerals like iron, fiber, and magnesium. They are high in cholesterol-lowering phytosterols.

Sesame seeds are known to protect heart health and improve blood circulation. They balance the hormones in the body and fight against cancer. They help in nutrient absorption and burn fat.

Olive oil is known for its healthy monosaturated fats. It has a large number of antioxidants. It is protective against heart diseases and prevents strokes. It has anti-inflammatory properties too.

People use tahini in many ways. It is one of the ingredients for making hummus. It is used in salad dressing, marinade, and meat-cooking.

Now, let's see in detail how to make this nutrient-rich tahini paste at home.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: Half a cup of tahini sauce

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white sesame seeds
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images for Making Tahini (Sesame Seed Paste)

  • Heat a deep-bottomed pan. Add sesame seeds. Keep the heat low. Dry roast the seeds while turning them often. This will help in uniform frying.
  • Turn off the heat once the seeds become shiny and lightly golden brown.
  • Set aside for cooling. Once completely cold, put them in a mixer. Scrape the sides occasionally and grind to get a smooth powder.
  • Next, add olive oil. Grind together to get a smooth paste.
  • Collect the paste/sauce in a bowl. Use it as is and use it when you want to make hummus. Also, you can use it as salad dressing, marinade, and as a sauce to cook meat with.
  • You can preserve this paste in a refrigerator in an air-tight container. This will stay good for several months.

White sesame seeds
White sesame seeds
Step one: Put them in a deep-bottomed pan. Turn on the stove. Keep the heat low. Dry fry them till light golden brown while turning them often. Next, turn off the heat. Set aside for cooling.
Step one: Put them in a deep-bottomed pan. Turn on the stove. Keep the heat low. Dry fry them till light golden brown while turning them often. Next, turn off the heat. Set aside for cooling.
Step two: Once completely cold, put them into a mixer jar. Grind to get a smooth powder. Scrape the sides often while grinding. This will help to get a smooth powder.
Step two: Once completely cold, put them into a mixer jar. Grind to get a smooth powder. Scrape the sides often while grinding. This will help to get a smooth powder.
Different stages of grinding
Different stages of grinding
Step three: Add olive oil in batches. Grind together. Now, you will get a smooth paste.
Step three: Add olive oil in batches. Grind together. Now, you will get a smooth paste.
Step four: Transfer the paste to a bowl. This is tahini.
Step four: Transfer the paste to a bowl. This is tahini.
Tahini(sesame seed paste). Use it as and when required. Store it in a refrigerator in an air-tight jar. You can use it for many months.
Tahini(sesame seed paste). Use it as and when required. Store it in a refrigerator in an air-tight jar. You can use it for many months.

Nutritional Information of Tahini

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 162
Calories from Fat108
% Daily Value *
Fat 12 g18%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Carbohydrates 6 g2%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 5 g10%
Cholesterol 1 mg
Sodium 29 mg1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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    • ShailaSheshadri profile imageAUTHOR

      ShailaSheshadri 

      6 months ago from Bengaluru

      Thanks for reading my hub. You are right. People like tahini taste and aroma.

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      irescafe 

      6 months ago

      its also increate taste

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