Tahini Sauce is a rich, creamy, perfectly smooth, nutty and tangy at the same time. The garlic pair beautifully with the toasted sesame paste creates a well balanced tahini dip which can be served with falafels, pita sandwiches and even drizzled over salads. Learn how to make tahini sauce recipe with step by step pictures and video.
Whenever we make any lebanese meals like falafels, pita bread or a veggie platter. Tahini sauce is one of my favourite dip to put on the table. It has a beautiful sesame flavour from the tahini and has a garlicky, tangy taste. Perfect to dip veggies or snack, it also makes a great sauce for any sandwiches or shawarma as well. Can be had as a dipping sauce for grilled chicken as well.
About Tahini Sauce Recipe
Tahini sauce or Tahini Dip is one of the popular dipping sauce in Lebanese, Egyptian, Middle Eastern Cuisine. This simple dipping sauce is made from tahini, yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, ground cumin, parsley and salt.
You can easy adapt this tahini sauce as per your taste. add more garlic, lemon juice if you prefer it that way. A touch of paprika or cayenne can be added if you want your tahini sauce spicy.
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Tahini Sauce Ingredients
Yogurt | Curd - greek style yogurt is perfect for tahini sauce. If you only have regular yogurt on hand. Strain them using a cheese cloth to remove all the excess whey water from it. Yogurt lightens the strong sesame flavour of the tahini sauce and creates creamy smooth dipping sauce.
Tahini Paste - Tahini paste is toasted sesame seeds which is ground into a paste. It provides the required nutty taste to the sauce. You can make your own or buy readymade tahini paste.
Garlic - one of the most important ingredient in tahini sauce when combined with yogurt and lemon juice.
Lemon Juice - freshly squeezed lemon juice cuts down the strong nutty taste of tahini and mellows the garlic.
Ground Cumin - For this particular sauce I like to use roasted ground cumin. I add a tbsp of cumin seeds in a dry pan and toast for 2 to 3 minutes. I ground that using a mortar and pestle.
Extra virgin olive oil - Final drizzle of good quality extra virgin olive oil is important.
How to Use Tahini Sauce
- Fresh vegetables.
- Pita bread or Pita or tortilla chips.
- Used as salad dressings.
- Served with grilled chicken.
- Served as dipping sauce with Hummus, Babaganoush.
Best Tahini for Tahini Sauce
Tahini sauce gets its main flavour and nutty taste from the tahini paste. Sourcing a good quality tahini is key to achieve the flavour. I prefer to buy Middle eastern brands of tahini in online stores. Most of the time I make my own homemade tahini which includes just sesame seeds with little olive oil.
How to Make Tahini Sauce Recipe (Step by Step Pictures)
1)Take yogurt in a bowl. Preferably greek style yogurt. If you only have regular yogurt on hand. Strain them using a cheese cloth to remove all the excess whey water from it.
2)Add in tahini paste. This is my homemade tahini.
3)Add in grated garlic and salt.
4)For this particular sauce I like to use roasted ground cumin. I add a tbsp of cumin seeds in a dry pan and toast for 2 to 3 minutes. I ground that using a mortar and pestle.
5)Add in finely chopped parsley or coriander leaves.
6)Squeeze in lemon juice to taste.
7)Mix the sauce really well.
8)Drizzle in some extra virgin olive oil.
9)Mix really well. Your tahini sauce is ready.
10)Serve tahini sauce with crispy falafels and pita bread.
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Tahini Sauce Recipe
- Take yogurt in a strainer and let it strain for 1 hour till it gets thick.
- Take curd, tahini, salt, garlic, cumin powder, coriander leaves and lemon juice in a bowl and mix really well. Drizzle olive oil on top and mix. Keep this in fridge for 1 hour for the flavours to develop.
- Serve with falafel or any lebanese foods..
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