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Woman shares recipe for homemade tahini and all the ways it can be used that aren’t hummus
I already knew about tahini but I have really been missing out on all the delicious things that can be made with it.
Ma Fatima Garcia
08.17.22

Two years ago, Chef Refika Birgül shared her Hummus recipe through her YouTube account Refikar’s Kitchen.

It was so popular that she gained 2.8M views.

Many people wanted to recreate her mouthwatering recipe, but there was one problem.

One of the ingredients of her famous Hummus is ‘tahini’ and it baffled people. Where do you buy tahini? Do you make it at home?

Chef Refika posted another viral video.

There, she addressed the many comments she received about tahini. From the meaning, ingredients, how to do it, and the many other uses of this condiment.

YouTube Screenshot / Refika's Kitchen
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YouTube Screenshot / Refika's Kitchen

Tahini is a famous middle eastern condiment that is made from hulled sesame seeds. There are many uses of Tahini.

You could serve it as a dip, an ingredient for hummus, a dessert, and even a spread.

Here’s how Chef Refika Birgül makes her famous Tahini.

First, you will need:

YouTube Screenshot / Refika's Kitchen
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YouTube Screenshot / Refika's Kitchen
  • 150 grams or 1 cup of raw sesame seeds
  • 3 tablespoons hazelnut oil

*You can also use other oils such as grapeseed oil or sunflower oil. Though Chef Refika discourages the use of olive oil as it makes it denser.

YouTube Screenshot / Refika's Kitchen
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YouTube Screenshot / Refika's Kitchen

To make Tahini:

Step 1. Use a large steel pan (preferably) and warm your sesame seeds. Don’t roast them because they will become really bitter.

If you can avoid using coated pans, that would be better. We want to warm them just enough for the sesame seeds to start releasing their oils.

Step 2. Place your warm sesame seeds in your food processor and pulse for about a minute.

YouTube Screenshot / Refika's Kitchen
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YouTube Screenshot / Refika's Kitchen

Step 3. Add three tablespoons of hazelnut oil. Then work it for another three minutes in the food processor.

Don’t get nervous about the texture.

It’s normal for your tahini to be sand-like at first. Just continue until the oil comes out, and it becomes smooth.

Chef Refika also said that at first, the tahini has a bitter aftertaste since it’s still warm. This aftertaste will change after it cools down.

Now that you know how easy it is to make Tahini, Chef Refika shares other recipes for your tahini.

YouTube Screenshot / Refika's Kitchen
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YouTube Screenshot / Refika's Kitchen

Tahini & Molasses

You’ll fall in love with Tahini and molasses with their sweet and creamy taste.

You can spread it on bread or pour some milk and shake it for a breakfast drink that you’ll love.

  • 1 tablespoon of your home-made tahini
  • 1 tablespoon molasses

Mix 1 tablespoon of your homemade tahini and grape molasses in a bowl until you achieve the consistency that you want.

YouTube Screenshot / Refika's Kitchen
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YouTube Screenshot / Refika's Kitchen

Tahini and Cocoa Spread

If you love Nutella, you’ll love this one too. It’s creamy, chocolatey, and healthy, too!

  • 1 tablespoon of your home-made tahini
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon cacao

In a small bowl, mix all three ingredients and that’s it. Get warm bread or toast and spread.

YouTube Screenshot / Refika's Kitchen
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YouTube Screenshot / Refika's Kitchen

Hibeş Recipe

If you love to try out different dishes, then you’ll fall in love with Hibeş. This is a famous sauce for your kebab and it could also replace your cheese dip.

  • 1 cup of your home-made tahini
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ cup of water
  • 2 cloves of garlic

Squeeze two lemons and mix them into a cup of tahini, and then add 1 teaspoon cumin and 1 teaspoon paprika.

Add 2 cloves of pureed garlic and top with cumin, paprika, and fresh parsley leaves.

YouTube Screenshot / Refika's Kitchen
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YouTube Screenshot / Refika's Kitchen

Tahini Salad Dressing

Love salad? Then this Homemade Tahini Salad Dressing is the one for you.

  • 2 tablespoons of your home-made tahini
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 1 lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Just mix 2 tablespoons of tahini, 1 lemon juice, 5 tablespoons olive oil, and 2 tablespoons yogurt in a jar or glass. Then, just add salt and pepper and mix or shake.

YouTube Screenshot / Refika's Kitchen
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YouTube Screenshot / Refika's Kitchen

Green Tahini Recipe

Love cheese but do you want a cheaper and healthier alternative? Then the green tahini is for you.

  • 70 grams of your homemade tahini
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ lemon juice
  • 1 batch of coriander
  • 100 ml water
  • 2 cloves of garlic

First, add 1 batch of coriander, 100 ml of water, and 2 cloves of garlic into a food processor.

Pulse until pureed, and then add 70 grams of tahini, salt, and the juice of a half lemon. Pulse again until combined.

YouTube Screenshot / Refika's Kitchen
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YouTube Screenshot / Refika's Kitchen

Who would have thought that tahini is so easy to make? Plus, you are able to use it as dips, dressing, and ingredients for your hummus.

Watch the full tutorial for these delicious recipes in the video below!

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By Ma Fatima Garcia
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Ma Fatima Garcia is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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