How to make Homemade Tahini Paste
- 1 cup Hulled sesame seeds
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Heat a pan over medium heat and add sesame seeds. Stir frequently until they begin to turn golden brown in color
Once they are toasted, let it cool to room temperature and then add to the food processor
Start by adding 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Process the mixture into a paste, scraping down the sides. Add more olive oil until you reach the desired consistency
Makes a little less than 3/4 cup tahini paste, depending on how much olive oil you use.
Store the tahini paste in the refrigerator in an airtight jar. Will keep for several months.
The texture may be slightly gritty, which isn't a problem, you won't notice it at all when you use it to make hummus for example. But if you want it a little smoother you can run it again through a high-powered food blender (I used my Vitamix).
* Instead of olive oil you can also use sesame oil, but olive oil is traditional. (Use raw sesame oil, not toasted, or the tahini will have an overpowering "Chinese food" flavor.)