Tahini Recipe-- Quick and Easy Sauce
What is Tahini? And why all the fuss? Tahini are ground sesame seeds made into a thick paste, with a deep earthy nutty flavor profile. It may sound a bit of an unusual flavor profile, but when paired with the perfect foods, it is an incredible sauce you will be making and storing non-stop. I personally love to enjoy it in my Chicken Shawarma sandwiches, on a salad, or as a dip for so many scrumptious eats (follow me on Instagram @imanistan to see the many ways I use it in my day to day).
I love layering flavors to elevate a simple dish to something totally new and tahini sauce is the perfect way to achieve an elevated taste in a few simple steps. I learned how to make this from the Lebanese grandmother's in my hometown of Toledo, Ohio. They are fifth generation women who have held on strongly to their cultural traditions and roots, particularly when it comes to food.
The amazing thing about my hometown, Toledo, and the greater Dearborn, Michigan area is that the Arab American community has been around from the early 1900s. As such, they've maintained the recipes and delicacies from their home countries but with the populous region and many restaurants, have competed in perfecting their craft to the standard of some of the most elite American restaurants. It has been an absolute blessing and pleasure to have this part of American history incorporated into the fabric of my own upbringing. I share with you the gems I fervently sought out as I moved out of Ohio and across the country, realizing that these addictive cuisines were something very particular to my hometown.
Tahini Sauce Recipe
1/2 c Tahini paste
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/4 c lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
6 tbsp ice cold water
Combine the garlic and lemon juice. Let rest for 10 minutes to infuse garlic flavors
Mix tahini paste, salt, and cumin into lemon juice mixture.
Whisk in 2 tbsp of water at a time, continuing to whisk until all ingredients are well incorporated. Add to your favorite dish, noshejaan!