We're lucky to live by some Turkish shops that sell big jars of tahini for a relatively affordable price, but I have lived in some places where tahini is incredibly hard to come by, or just insanely expensive. If that's the case for you, there's still reason to celebrate because tahini can be made of home incredibly easily using just one ingredient. Yup, just the one.
You'll need a high power food processor for this as well. If yours isn't so powerful, it should still be possible to whip this together but your tahini will likely be a bit more grainy. Usually, though, if you're incorporating the tahini into a dressing or a recipe like hummus, it won't be noticeable. We don't recommend making this in a blender, though, because blenders usually need a liquid, and this here tahini starts out pretty solid at first. The food processor is really the only way to go.
There are two important considerations when making your own tahini at home:
The amount of seeds: you want to make sure you have enough sesame seeds for the sizeof your food processor. Our food processor is rather large, so we needed a full 3 cups for this to work. When we tried making it with only a cup, it was enough volume for the blades to be able to catch onto the seeds to pulverize them.
The amount of time: the key with making tahini is giving it time. Let the food processor blend for at least 5 minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed. You'll see from the pictures above there's a progression in the consistency of the tahini as time passes.
Quick Homemade Tahini
▸ ▹ Vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, oil-free
Yield: approx. 2 cups
Prep Time: 5-7 min
Cook Time: 5-10 min
Total Time: 15 min
3 cups (450 g) raw sesame seeds
Toast the sesame seeds in a large pan on medium heat, until they are a light golden brown. Keep an eye on them, as they can burn quickly, and stir constantly. Once toasted, remove from heat and let cool. The sesame seeds continue to "cook" even when taken off the stove, so you don't want to overcook them as they may burn. Note: if you have over-toasted them, remove from the pan and spread into a thin layer on a large baking sheet or plate to cool them off faster.
Once cooled, transfer to a food processor and blend for 5-10 minutes, until smooth and runny. Scrape down the sides as needed. Transfer to a container and enjoy!
Storage: store in an air-tight jar in the fridge for up to one month.
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