In this post I’m going to tell you how you can make your veryÂ own Tahini Paste!
What is Tahini? According to Purcell (2004, p. 227) Tahini is a paste made from ground Sesame Seeds.Â Purcell also states that Sesame Seeds are high in Calcium andÂ that in order to absorb the calcium we need to use Sesame Seeds that are hulledÂ (with the husks removed), as the husks contain oxalic acid, which prevents calcium from being absorbed.
How to make your own Tahini:
- 1.5 Cup of White Hulled Sesame Seeds
- 1 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- First soak your Sesame Seed for about 12 hours (to make them moreÂ digestible).
- Once they are soaked, drain them in a nut milk bag (so you don’t lose any of the seeds). Or you can soak them on a tea towel in a colander.
- Optional: Put in a pan and lightly dryÂ roast them for a minute or 2 on low heat (don’t let them brown or worse burn!). Wait till they cool down for the next step. This also helps get rid of the water and makes them very flavourful.
- Add the now cooled and dryÂ seeds to your blender along with the olive oil. Blend for a few minutes orÂ until it becomes a thick but pour-able spread! Nb: You can add more oil if it becomes too thick.
- You can omit the olive oil and just blend the seeds after toasting and cooling.
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