Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins

After searching high and low in my town for a jar of tahini, I couldn't find any! I went searching online and found this easy recipe. This is MUCH cheaper to make yourself, and only takes a couple minutes.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Spread the sesame seeds on a shallow baking tray and bake, shaking frequently, until fragrant, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Do not brown.
  4. Cool.
  5. Put the sesame seeds in a blender or food processor fitted with the metal blade.
  6. Add the vegetable oil.
  7. Process to a smooth paste, about 5 minutes.
  8. Add more oil if necessary, to bring the paste to a thick pouring consistency.
  9. Tahini will keep stored in a tightly covered jar in the refrigerator for several months.


Most Helpful

This was great! I used about 3/4 cup toasted sesame seeds and 4 tb oil.

ChipotleChick September 07, 2008

Hi there! Every New Year's eve we make some food which has sesame seeds in it. The ancient belief is that the sesame seeds eaten on this day and the New year's day bring in loads of wealth into the home and make all dreams come true. So, today I wanted to make hummus and as you know, hummus requires tahini. Well, here in Pune, India, acquiring tahini(of a good quality) is hard. I've lived here for 9 months and not found it thus far, so today, I used this recipe and made hummus. Voila! This works like a charm! I used 1 cup of sesame seeds, 3 tbsps. of groundnut oil, 1/4 cup water, 3 cloves garlic, 1 tsp. of cumin powder, salt to taste, black pepper powder to taste and the juice of 3 lemons to process in the mixer and then got the tahini. Now, let me tell you, the tahini was coarse at first, smelt awesome and I enjoyed doing the taste check. The main thing though was the consistency. I then added in the chickpeas(had a hard time getting canned chickpeas!!, so we used the one that ain't soaked in the tin and boiled that alongwith 2-3 pinches of baking soda) and the water in which it was pressure cooked, alongwith the solution in which some sweetcorn was soaked(my domestic help got me a can of sweet corn instead of chickpeas!). LOL. So you can see from where to where I went to get this right. BUT, the end product is sooooo good. I have licked my fingers clean eating this and bless you in abundance for posting this recipe. Happy 2008 to you and yours!

Charishma_Ramchandani December 31, 2007

I will be passing this recipe on to my vegan nephew, as he uses a lot of tahini. For whatever it's worth, I have other recipes that call for toasted sesame seeds, and have found that I have a tough time (personally) getting the seeds toasted without getting them too dark (sometimes I'm multi-task challenged!) ;) I discovered that if I use a seasoned, dry (no oil) cast iron skillet on medium-low heat and stir constantly, I get them toasted exactly the way I want and don't have to worry about burnt sesame seeds.

UnknownChef86 August 21, 2004

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