Made from white sesame seeds, this Middle Eastern paste is, most commonly, used as a staple ingredient in the popular dip, hummus.
Sesame seeds are packed full of Vitamin E, antioxidants, minerals and protein. Grinding them into a paste helps your body digest all the goodness that is inside them.
Tahini has a roasted sesame flavour and is a perfect base for making sauces to be used in hummus or baba ghanoush. It pairs well with eggplant, coriander and yoghurt, the essential ingredients in Middle Eastern cooking.
It is always handy to have a jar in the pantry!
Do you know how to make your own hummus? It is so simple, super healthy and packed full of energy. You can make it as chunky or smooth as you like.
- 1 can chickpeas
- ¼ cup liquid from chickpeas
- 3 Tbsp lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 100ml tahini
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- Salt, to season
- Drain and rinse the chickpeas, keeping ¼ cup of the liquid aside.
- Combine the chickpeas, liquid, lemon juice, garlic, salt, cumin and tahini in a food processor and blend until your desired consistency. Longer for a smooth puree, shorter if you would like to keep it chunky.
- Taste and season with salt and lemon juice if necessary.
- Drizzle with olive oil and a sprinkle of paprika and serve with warm pita bread.
Go on, give it a try, we’re sure you will be amazed!