Tahini is definitely one of the most versatile pastes or sauces on the planet. Originating from the Middle East, it is actually made from ground sesame seeds. Tahini is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and healthy fats, and that’s why it can help optimize your health other than make just about any food slathered with it taste better.
You can get a jar of tahini from your favorite grocer. Or you can make one at home, too, from scratch. You will be surprised that it’s something that is actually easy to make. It will only take a few minutes before you can start including it in your everyday diet, which you should as it’s highly nutritious! We will discuss some of tahini’s most wonderful health benefits after you learn how to whip it up with your own hands.
Never tried consuming tahini before? Well, you are not going to have a challenging time welcoming it in your life because it’s so versatile that you can use it in so many ways. These are some very simple ways on how you can make tahini a diet staple from now on:
- Spread it on bread. Feel free to add a little honey or agave syrup for a dash of sweetness.
- Use it as a burger condiment. Some people love adding some feta cheese and cucumbers, too!
- Whip up a healthy salad dressing with it. Combine it with apple cider vinegar, olive oil and turmeric powder.
- Add it to your stir-fry dish. Tahini can make just about any vegetable really appetizing.
- Come up with instant humus. All you need to do is have it blended with garlic and chickpeas.
There are so many other tahini uses. Once you have a jar of it in the fridge, you can start experimenting with various mouthwatering ways of introducing it in your diet. By the way, here’s how to make homemade tahini:
- 3 cups of sesame seeds
- 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil or sesame oil
- First, you need to toast sesame seeds for the finished product to be tastier. Toasting sesame seeds can be done in a couple of ways:
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Place sesame seeds on a baking sheet and roast for 10 to 15 minutes. See to it that you move them around once in a while to save them from burning.
- Have sesame seeds dry roasted on a large skillet. Remember to use low medium heat as well as stir the seeds every now and then to make sure that they don’t burn.
- Allow toasted sesame seeds to cool for a while. Afterwards, place them in the food processor. Start processing. Pause from time to time to have the sides scraped with a rubber spatula. It will usually take about 5 to 10 minutes to end up with a creamy paste, depending on your food processor.
- Add olive oil or sesame oil once you have achieved the perfect consistency. Blend again. Doing this step helps make your homemade tahini just as rich as something that’s store bought.
- Transfer to a clean jar and store inside the refrigerator to keep your tahini fresh.
That’s how trouble-free it is to make tahini from scratch! You only need a couple of ingredients and basic cooking skills to produce it. Now here are some of the reasons why consuming tahini is good for you:
- It has omega-3 fatty acids that are good for your brain.
- Omega-3 fatty acids also help keep your heart in a great shape.
- Zinc, iron, selenium and copper in tahini help strengthen the immune system.
- The iron it packs helps prevent the blood disorder iron-deficiency anemia.
- There’s also calcium in tahini that’s vital for strong bones
- It contains protein that’s necessary for muscle building, and healthy skin, nails and hair.
- Antioxidants in it help fight off inflammation and aging.