Basic Tahini Sauce

READY IN: 10mins
Recipe by alAmira

I learned this while living in Jordan. The family I stayed with introduced me to fried cauliflower, and this was the sauce they used over the top.

Top Review by eatrealfood

we used this as a condiment to go with falafel, but i suppose this is somewhat of an acquired taste. this is not quite the sauce that adorns the roadside falafels i love, but it was still pretty good.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 -3 garlic cloves
  • salt
  • 12 cup tahini paste (be sure to stir first if it's the type that separates)
  • 14-12 cup cold water
  • 2 to 3 lemons, juice of


  1. Crush the garlic in a mortar and pestle (or other if you have something you prefer that will crush it effectively into a pulp).
  2. Add little bit of each the tahini, lemon juice and water alternating as you go, and stir to blend well, until it's all mixed inches.
  3. It should resemble a slightly thick sauce that can be poured but not over thin to be runny.
  4. Season with salt to taste.
  5. Use with any vegetable you like.
  6. It's traditionally used over fried cauliflower, or zucchini.
  7. Some like dipping flat bread in it, and others I've seen use it as a base for another recipe, such as hummus.
  8. If desired, you can add more lemon if you like it tart, or more garlic if you really like garlic as I do.
  9. Most families have their own mix, so it's up to you.

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