Tahini sauce is a popular Middle Eastern sauce made with sesame seeds and oil. It is commonly served as a dressing for sandwiches and a sauce for Kebab food. In other words, it is a condiment. The reason we feature this sauce is that it is good for “Shawarma” dishes. Yes, it’s Tahini and not mayonnaise. If you don’t know what shwarma is, you are reading the right blog? Doner is another term. We love the dish, and, believe me, it’s addictive. You may have already tasted it in your area. It is lamb commonly seen on a rotisserie. You can find it in any Arabic restaurant. It is truly appetizing. If you are developing an appetite now, you need to find out how we make our homemade beef shawarma.
Making this sauce is really easy. You just need 1 cup of sesame seeds and 1/2 cup of olive oil or vegetable oil. Make sure the sesame seeds are unroasted. Toast the sesame seeds in a hot pan and stir constantly for at least 2 minutes. Be careful not to burn them, this will make them bitter. After toasting them, put them in a blender or food processor with the oil and pulse them until they become a silky, smooth paste similar to peanut butter. Note that the color of the sesame seeds will affect the color of the dressing. In our case, we used darker colored sesame seeds. In light of this, you will notice our sauce is a little bit darker than the commercial Tahini sauce. So, choose the whiter seeds if possible.
To make the dressing, add these following ingredients to the paste and mix until well combined:
- 2-3 tbsp of lemon juice
- salt to taste
- 2 cloves garlic minced
You can make adjustments according to your taste. You may add a table spoon of water if you find the sauce is too thick. It is entirely up to you. Now, that your sauce is done. You can store it in a fridge. Make sure it sealed well and use it whenever you like.