13 Recipes that Show Why Tahini is a Must-Have Pantry Ingredient - Joy of Kosher

Tahini is pure sesame paste, it is one of the most versatile, flavor-packed pantry ingredient that provides endless opportunities to the home cook. Nutty, smooth & rich, its unique texture and taste enhance all dishes from savory to sweet. 

When purchasing tahini make sure you are buying 100% pure tahini paste or you can make your own by grinding or processing sesame seeds until they form a paste.   Some supermarket varieties have added flavoring, but in the case of tahini, you want to control the flavor profile and make the shelf life.  Once you mix it up into a tahini sauce it needs to be used in a day or so, but the paste is shelf stable for months.  

Tahini is the condiment of choice for many Israeli classics like falafel and schawarma. It has recently exploded as the hottest gourmet ingredient showcased by the hottest chefs like Michael Solomonov, Elior Balbul & Einat Admony who are using tahini with a fresh, modern approach. 

We have found that tahini pairs wonderfully with roasted vegetables...sweet potato and tahini are a match made in heaven! Tahini is also a great pairing with rich cuts of meat and grilled dishes. Try it on burgers, add it to salad dressings or drizzle over warm oatmeal or cool ice cream or frozen yogurt. 

HALVA INSPIRED FROZEN YOGURT

Halva-Inspired Frozen Yogurt

SWEET POTATO SALAD WITH TAHINI DRESSING 

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TAHINI SESAME KALE CHIPS

Tahini Kale Chips

BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE & HALVA SPREAD

chocolate halva spread

ISRAELI MEATBALLS SIMMERED IN TAHINI

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ROASTED VEGETABLES WITH TAHINI GINGER DIP

Umeboshi Roasted Vegetables with Tahini Ginger Dip

HALVA OATMEAL

Halva Oatmeal

ROASTED EGGPLANT WITH TAHINI & POMEGRANATE

Roasted Aubergine With Tahini & Pomegranate

SWEET POTATO TAHINI

Sweet Potato Tahini with Silan

TAHINI OLIVE OIL CAKE

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GREEN TAHINI

green tahini

ZA'ATAR ROASTED CARROTS WITH TAHINI

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GRILLED FISH KEBABS WITH TAHINI

fish kabobs