06 November, 2016

Tahini Spread

Here is a simple, delicious and quick dip using sesame seeds with lemon and garlic that works as a  spread or by itself, or it can be further modified into a thin sauce or salad dressing.


Making tahini at home is simple enough (simply grind the toasted sesame seeds into a fine paste) - the advantage being that you can use the unhulled seeds which lend a richer taste and more nutrition.
With the addition of just a couple of ingredients, this can be further transformed into a delicious dip by itself.


Ingredients:

Sesame seeds – 1/4 cup, lightly roasted, (preferably unhulled)
Lemon juice – 1/4 cup (or to taste)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 1/4 cup
Garlic – 1 teaspoon, finely chopped
Salt – to taste



Method:

Blend all the ingredients in the mixie to a smooth paste.


Note: 
  • To use as a spread, keep the consistency thick like peanut butter. 
  • To use as a thin sauce or salad dressing, blend in a little water to the required consistency.
    Optional additions could be roasted cumin powder, or chopped parsley/basil/mint/dill, or red chilly powder/paprika.
  • This spread also works as a versatile base to make any other sesame based dip, including hummus.
  • Goes well with crudites, pita bread, roasted veggie salads.

It can be quite addictive just by itself!

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