Tahini is Key

Tahini is a middle-eastern staple that adds flavor to so many kinds of dishes and recipes that it’s a no-brainer when it comes to keeping some on hand. It’s useful in so many types of recipes because it adds a complex, nutty flavor and a smooth, creamy texture.

You can use it in recipes like hummus and baba ganoush, drizzle it on as a salad dressing, or even use it in making sweet foods, like cookies (really!).

The best part? It’s literally one of the EASIEST recipes there is! Seriously – it uses just three ingredients in a food processor, and one of those ingredients is optional!

What You’ll Need

1 cup (140 grams) sesame seeds (natural or toasted*)

4 tablespoons (50ml) oil**

Pinch of salt to taste (optional)

*Toasted sesame seeds add a more savory taste to the final sauce

**Use a neutral-tasting oil like olive or vegetable oil for best results

How To Make It

Pour the sesame seeds into a food processor and process for 1 minute. You’ll have a kind of crumbly paste, a bit like natural peanut butter.

Add 3 tablespoons of oil and process for 3 minutes more. Stop every minute to scrape the sides of the processor bowl and incorporate everything back into the mix. After 3 minutes, add the final tablespoon of oil. You’ll end up with a very smooth mix that’s easily pourable.

If you’re using it, add the pinch of salt. Process the tahini for 10-20 more seconds to complete the mix.

That’s all there is to it! You can store this in the fridge for a month (if it lasts that long!). Since this is a seed/oil mix, it will separate after a while like natural peanut butter. When this happens, mix it back up with a quick spoon stir.

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Oreet, the creator of SharQui – The bellydance workout®, is an award winning performer, a sought after choreographer, teacher and fitness presenter. As a performer and teacher Oreet combines passion, grace, athleticism and hip precision in order to give a refined performance. Along with teaching, Oreet certifies dancers and fitness professionals in the SharQui format, the ONLY fitness accredited bellydance fitness workout in the world, has been introducing it internationally as well. She holds the titles Bellydancer of the Year 2007, Entertainer of the Year 2006, Jewel of the Nile 2006, Bellydance Diva 2005 and is the reigning Middle Eastern Dance Champion of North America. Due to the popularity of the SharQui format on the east coast Oreet has recently expanded to San Francisco and the west coast.