Tahini sauce is a speciality condiment item widely used in Middle Eastern cooking. Made with crushed sesame seeds mixed with garlic, lemon juice and salt; thinned with water constitutes this sauce which is usually used as a dip with Arab bread. Tahini is also used as sauce ingredient for various fish and vegetable dishes. Basically Tahini is a paste made from the ground, hulled sesame seeds which is widely used in North African, Greek, Turkish and Middle Eastern cuisines. It is generally served as a dip on its own or as a major component of hummus.
Tahini sauce is usually used in falafel sandwiches in the same manner that mayonnaise is used in subs. Tahini is the base sauce, rich, creamy having a nutty flavour and are used as dressings of meat, vegetables and salads. Many of these sauces also incorporate olive oil, a staple of Mediterranean cuisine
- Sesame seeds – 1 cup
- Garlic, chopped – 1 tbsp
- Lemon juice – 3 tbsp
- Olive oil – 3 tbsp
- Salt – to taste
In a blender put in raw sesame seeds, salt, water, garlic, lemon juice and blend into a fine paste.
Add olive oil and mix well. In Middle Eastern, Central and Far East Asian cuisines, both sesame paste and sesame oil is widely used.
However, the Middle Eastern products cannot be substituted for the Asian versions or vice versa.