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Tahini (Sesame Seed Paste)

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Tahini is a Middle Eastern pantry essential. It is the foundation for amny Middle Eastern recipes like hummus and baba ghanoush.

Tahini can be prepared homemade or purchased at a Middle Eastern grocer in a can. It is called tahini or tahina, depending on the region.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 5 cups sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups olive oil or vegetable oil


Preheat oven to 350. Toast sesame seeds for 5-10 minutes, tossing the seeds frequently with a spatula. Do not allow to brown. Cool for 20 minutes.

Pour sesame seeds into food processor and add oil. Blend for 2 minutes. Check for consistency. The goal is a thick, yet pourable texture. Add more oil and blend until desired consistency.

Yield: 4 cups

Storing Tahini

Tahini should be stored in the refrigerator in a tightly closed container. It will keep for up to 3 months.
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Nazareth tahini, Member alarz

From Recipe Zaar Cookbook Tahini SaladFrom Recipe Zaar Cookbook A very quick and easy Middle Eastern salad that can be made in minutes. A bit of cumin can be added to this or cayenne pepper can be sprinkled on the top. Serves 2-3 Ingredients• 1(8 once) can chickpeas • 3 medium tomatoes • 2 tablespoons tahini • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice • Salt Directions Strain the chick peas and rinse in cold water. Chop the tomatoes. Mix together the chick peas, tomatoes, tahini and lemon juice. Add salt to taste and adjust the lemon and tahini to your liking.

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