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Oct 5, 2008 03:36 PM

Tahini recipe

I want to make hummus, but I haven't got any tahini paste on hand. Storebought tahini is ridiculously expensive, so I'd like to make my own. I've got fresh sesame seeds in the pantry--anyone got a recipe for me? Thanks!

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    1. re: todao

      Thanks for posting these. My Chowhound search didn't turn up anything useful and I didn't know which recipes to trust off of Google.

      So, I just made a batch of hummus that had the most fabulous texture. But the tahini taste was awful. All I did was toast some fresh sesame seeds, then grind with a little bit of water. But the smell and taste of the tahini was terrible. I think I toasted the sesame seeds too long. They didn't look burnt or dark brown in the pan. They just turned a tan color. But the ground sesame seeds were a rich brown/orange and the resulting hummus had a smoky (more like burnt), bitter, unpleasant taste. It was still edible, and I enjoyed it, but I think I'm going to make another batch of hummus tomorrow without any tahini and mix it in to dilute the flavor a little.

      Despite the tahini flop, the hummus was SO smooth and creamy. I cooked the chickpeas a little after taking them out of the can, then removed the skins, and blended with 2 cloves of garlic, salt, lemon juice, and plenty of liquid for a good 2-3 minutes. Really nice! Next time I will just skip the tahini and have plain chickpea dip.

      1. re: fallingup

        If you live near a Middle Eastern restaurant, get some tahini to go. It'll be mixed with garlic, salt, lemon, and maybe parsley, so just adjust your seasonings when you make your hummus.

        1. re: fallingup

          How old were the sesame seeds? They may have gone rancid which would explain the off taste.

          1. re: smtucker

            They were brand new -- I bought a fresh bag yesterday.