View Full Version : tahini substitute?
05-24-2006, 07:21 AM
I can't seem to find any raw tahini!!! :eek:
Does anyone have suggestions for a substitute in recipes?
05-24-2006, 10:01 AM
I'm not sure what everyone else does but when I cant find any raw tahini I grind up some sesame seeds in my little grinding thingy then then I put them in my blender with a little oil and water and seasoning and that works for me,
05-24-2006, 10:34 AM
Tahini is simply ground up white sesame seeds, you can buy hulled - without the little skins, or un-hulled - with the little skins (these are a bit more bitter) use a high speed blender or grinder, or coffee grinder to make tahini,
if you want a tahini dressing, with extra oil and herbs and lemon and garlic, this isn't tahini, although it is commonly called tahini, it is actually a tahini dressing, that is something different entirely
kind of like the different between dehydrated tomatoes, and sun dried tomatoes, although often they can be used in the same way. But they are different items entirely.
05-24-2006, 01:22 PM
Cool! Thanks for the replies!!
07-23-2006, 11:55 PM
I want to make tahini. It sounds like people aren't soaking/sprouting the sesame seeds first. Does it cause a problem if you do? Can sesame seeds be sprouted?
Always trying to increase the enzymes/digestibility of the food......
07-25-2006, 11:11 PM
bumping in case anyone had suggestions for how to make tahini - soaked/sprouted or not....
07-25-2006, 11:16 PM
I don't usually soak mine. I don't know if that is good or bad, but then again I'm not to worried about it.
Starchild --Do you have a Publix near by? Thats where I buy mine and it is raw. It is on the same isle as the nuts, expensive oils, and organic products. It saids raw right across the front and its really good and a bargain at $4.99 a jar.
07-26-2006, 09:35 PM
Veganman, sesame seeds are listed in all the sprouting charts I have. Soak 1 cup for 4-6 hours, then sprout for 1-2 days. I think since normally tahini is made with unsoaked sesame seeds, you might want to dry them first after sprouting before grinding them into tahini...
08-09-2006, 11:58 PM
Today I was successful in soaking and grinding the sesame seeds without putting them in the dehydrator. I soaked for 12 hours, rinsed and drained, layed them out on a paper towel to dry for the day, then grinded them in my seed grinder. Perfect!
I also used unhulled sesame seeds and realize that the hulled ones taste more like traditional tahini.
08-10-2006, 12:01 AM
awesome veganman. Glad it turned out successful.
08-10-2006, 05:22 AM
I just soak seeds overnight and blend in the morning. Season as desired.
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