Tasty Tahini


Tahini is a paste made from toasted sesame seeds and is very simple to make. It has a wonderful nutty, toasted flavour and is the main ingredient in Halva, Baba Ganoush and Hummus. (See Spicy Orange Hummus)


140 g (1 cup) sesame seeds

4 Tbsp light olive oil or grapeseed oil

Pinch of salt (optional)


1. Toast a cup of sesame seeds in a dry saucepan over medium to low heat for about 3 or 4 minutes, stirring constantly until a golden brown. Be careful as the seeds burn easily.

2. Allow to cool on a baking tray.

3. Place in a food processor or blender and add 3 Tbsp oil.

4. Blend to a smooth paste.The mixture should be able to be poured so add the extra 1 Tbsp oil if necessary.

5. Add salt to taste. (optional)

6. Chill for about an hour before serving.


Make a double batch and store in a sterilised glass jar in the fridge until needed, as it lasts for at least a month.

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