tahini recipe

Tahini | How to make tahini | How to make sesame paste at home

By Swasthi on August 9, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Tahini recipe – Tahini is a condiment made using sesame seeds and is commonly used in the Mediterranean and middle eastern cuisines. Apart from serving it as a dip, it is also used to make Hummus, Baba Ghanoush and tahini sauce to serve with falafel, chicken shawarma, wraps and burger.

tahini recipe

There are so many ways this is been put to use. Since tahini is high in protein and calcium I often use it as a spread in the wraps for my kids.

Making tahini at home needs a bit of patience if you are washing and toasting them but it is worth the do. You will have fresh smelling and tasting sesame paste with all the goodness of nutrition in it.

Sesame seeds are not only high in calories but also a rich source of protein, calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. Regular use of these in ground form may help underweight kids to gain some weight.

I usually powder a batch and bottle it to use for hummus or any vegetable stir fry, curries, chutney or salads.

sesame seeds

To make tahini, I buy organic sesame seeds and wash them thoroughly. Immediately drain them and spread well on a clean cotton cloth. Then I roast the sesame seeds until they begin to pop. This brings out the flavor.

You can use tahini in Sandwich recipes, Wraps, Burger and even in salads


1. Dry roast cleaned sesame seeds on a medium flame until they begin to pop. If you prefer raw tahini, you can skip roasting.

dry roasting sesame seeds for paste

2. Cool completely and add them to a blender or food processor jar. You can also make this in a regular Indian mixer grinder jar. You can add a pinch of salt if you like.

How to make tahini or sesame paste

cooled sesame to make tahini recipe

3. Blend it on a medium speed until all the seeds are crushed well. You can scrape off the sides and repeat again. Make sure the jar or the seeds do not turn hot or warm while blending.

blending sesame seeds for tahini

4. Add olive oil. Make sure the seeds are well crushed before adding oil.

addition of oil to make tahini

5. Blend well again until you get a smooth consistency. Tahini is ready.

sesame paste

Store it in a clean airtight glass jar. This keeps good for few months, but best thing is to make it in small quantities and use up with in a month. Singapore has a tropical climate, some foods do not keep good without refrigeration so I refrigerate it and use up within 2 weeks.

how to make tahini

Here are some quick ideas to use tahini for kids

  • 1. Wrap & sandwich: Spread tahini on a roti / bread. Toss some steamed or fresh vegetable juliennes in little salt, pepper powder,lemon juice and any spice powder like garam masala or all spice. Add these to the tahini spreaded roti. Wrap it and serve. If using bread, just cover with another slice of toasted bread.
  • 2. Jam toast or wrap: Spread tahini over a butter toasted slice of bread or roti or tortilla. Spread some fruit jam. Wrap or cover with another slice of bread.
  • 3. Pasta & noodles: Add a spoonful of this to your kids pasta or noodles towards the end and toss.

Tahini recipe


Tahini recipe | How to make tahini | How to make sesame paste at home

Tahini is a easy to make Mediterranean condiment made with sesame seeds. It can be added to spreads, sandwiches, salads and tahini sauce.
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • ¾ cup sesame seeds
  • 2 to 3 tbsp olive oil (skip if you have a high speed blender)
  • salt a pinch (optional)


Preparation for tahini (skip if using hulled sesame)

  • If using unhulled sesame seeds, rinse them in lots of water and rub with both your palms.
  • Drain them to a colander and repeat the rinse few more times.
  • Leave them to dry completely.

How to make tahini

  • Roast sesame seeds on a low to medium flame until crunchy and aromatic. Cool them completely.
  • Add them to a processor or blender jar along with salt if using.
  • Blend until the seeds are crushed well and turn fine.
  • Within a few minutes the seeds will begin to release oils.
  • If you do not have a high speed blender then add the oil as needed and blend until it turns to a smooth paste.
  • Store tahini in a airtight glass jar.


If using unhulled sesesame ensure you rinse them well rubbing with your palms. Drain them and roast until crunchy. 
Rinsing them removes the bitter taste from the seeds.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Tahini recipe | How to make tahini | How to make sesame paste at home
Amount Per Serving
Calories 223 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 3mg0%
Potassium 131mg4%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 3g13%
Protein 4g8%
Calcium 274mg27%
Iron 4.1mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Tahini | How to make tahini | How to make sesame paste at home

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Can we use coconut oil instead of olive oil?