Tahini can be prepared homemade or purchased at a Middle Eastern grocer in a can. It is called tahini or tahina, depending on the region.
- 5 cups sesame seeds
- 1 1/2 cups olive oil or vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Toast sesame seeds for 5 to 10 minutes, tossing the seeds frequently with a spatula. Do not allow to brown.
Cool for 20 minutes.
Pour sesame seeds into food processor and add oil. Blend for 2 minutes. Check for consistency. The goal is a thick, yet pourable texture. Add more oil and blend until desired consistency.
- Tahini should be stored in the refrigerator in a tightly closed container. It will keep for up to 3 months.