What is tahini?
Tahini is made of two or maximum three ingredients: hulled sesame seeds, oil and salt. Sometimes it is made without salt. The hulled sesame seeds are usually toasted (or soaked in water), then ground and then emulsified with oil to create a creamy and smooth butter with a kind of liquid consistency. It may look like peanut butter, but it's more pourable, and certainly, it doesn't taste like it. Tahini has a bit more bitter, nutty and earthy flavour.
Is tahini good for you?
Tahini contains selenium which is an antioxidant helping you lower the inflammation in the body. According to some studies, sesamol, wich is naturally found in sesame seeds and sesame oil, has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging properties. Other studies also suggest that sesame has strong anti-cancer effects.
What can I eat and cook with tahini?
Tahini is a very versatile product that you can incorporate into many dishes. It is a popular ingredient in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine.
Here's how you can use it:
Dip - You can use it as a dip for raw veggies, precels, nachos and crisps.
Hummus - Tahini is a necessary ingredient for hummus - the popular Middle Eastern dish made with organic chickpeas.
Spread - You can use it as a spread for toasts, pieces of bread, bread rolls and croissants.
Topping - you can drizzle it on falafels, wraps, sandwiches, soups and salads.
Dressing - you can use it as an ingredient and combine with apple cider vinegar to create delicious sauces and dressing for many dishes.
Sesame replacement - tahini is made with sesame, and it provides the same earthy flavour, so you can add it to your dishes to intensify the flavour of sesame or to replace the sesame seeds.
For Baba Ghanoush and Halva - there is no delicious Baba Ghanoush and Halva without tahini!
Where can I buy tahini?
Tahini is a healthy and nutritious staple that you should always have in your cupboard. You can buy tahini online at Wholefood Earth!