Among the natural ingredients of the kitchen, a popular ingredient is tahini (or tahina, tahine or tahin, as it is known many Mediterranean countries). A basic ingredient of the Middle Eastern cuisines, tahini is nothing more than a paste prepared from sesame seeds, toasted or crushed.
You can prepare it at home and it is not difficult.
Tahini is commonly used as a condiment, for example with falafel, meatballs or hummus, chickpeas, or even a simple salad: tahini is also great to be eaten alone, maybe with a slice of bread and flavored further, perhaps with a dash of flaxseed oil, salt and pepper and lemon juice or anything else to enrich its delicious flavor of toasted nuts.
Tahini is also a full of health benefits, given the properties of the sesame not only tasty and nutritious, but it also boosts the immune system and contains a fair amount of calcium.
How do I prepare tahini? Here is a simple homemade tahini recipe.
– 200 grams of sesame seeds
– 3 teaspoons of olive oil or better yet sesame seed oil.
First you have to toast the sesame seeds. In a pan over a medium-high heat for a few minutes, being careful to shake the pan so to evenly toast the sesame seeds.
Toast the sesame seeds, being careful not to burn them!
Please note that the sesame seeds tend to toast quickly, as soon as they begin to brown, remove them from the pan, after leave them in a bowl and wait for them to cool.
Oh, it is also possible to prepare tahini, by skipping the roasting, but we recommend that roasting the seeds yourself adds that extra flavor that is lacking in the simple paste of sesame seeds.
At this point, you should use a pestle and mortar to crush them. For those who just have no patience, just put them in the blender. During this stage, add sesame oil (or olive oil, provided it is of good quality), a little at a time.
When you have finished the paste should be a uniform light color.
Store it in the fridge for a long time, perhaps sprinkling the paste with a drop of oil.
As easy as that! Among other things, tahini is also much cheaper to have it at home and when made naturally it is not full of preservatives.
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