Monday, May 14, 2007

Tahini with a mortar 'n pestle

I had more or less perfected the art of making tahini using my coffee grinder until one day the coffee grinder decided to go on strike and refused to work. What to do....I had everything ready to make hummus except the tahini.

I was so desperate I decided to try making it with the old fashion mortar and pestle. I was quite surprised as to how much easier and quicker it was than the coffee grinder method. It only took 5 minutes and the mortar was so much easier to clean than the coffee grinder.

Making Tahini using a mortar and Pestle
2 Tbsp sesame seed
½ tsp sesame oil
¼ tsp sea salt
½ -1 Tbsp warm water

1. Lightly toast sesame seeds in a small pot over a stove on low heat. This should not take more than 5 minutes. Leave to cool.

2. Grind (it is easier to grind. If you 'pound' the seeds will tend to fly all over the place) your sesame seeds in a mortar and pestle until smooth. Add in sesame oil and salt and mix till well blended.

3. Slowly add in water, about a teaspoon at a time until you are pleased with the texture. If you prefer a more runny texture - add a bit more water.

4. Store in an airtight container in the fridge until needed.

5. This will yield enough tahini for the cumin and coriander hummus.

Do not overfill the mortar with sesame seeds, put in 1 Tbsp at a time.


bawa said...

OK, am trying it out now and will use my mortar and pestle.

Sinner said...

Isn't it great - much cheaper than buying and fresher too !

If you ever get a chance to buy a gadget like the Magic Bullet, grab it with both hands. Makes tahini within seconds (among other things). Love my MBullet.

Jonas said...

Thanks for this article! The grinding worked well. I should have gone just a little longer for more smoothness, but the flavor is way better than any store bought hummus I've had!

JustMe said...

Thanks so much for this. Unless you're making a huge volume of tahini, a blender or food processor just won't work. They are not made for turning out small batches. Since tahini was being ground with a mortar & pestle long before processors or blenders were even invented, they are clearly up to the task. In fact, they excel at it. Plus it's MUCH faster since you don't have to keep scraping down the sides and there is no pesky appliance to wash afterwards. Gonna make a batch right now!

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