Monday, August 25, 2008

Tahini

Tahini (sesame paste) is a paste of ground sesame seeds used in cooking. Middle Eastern tahini is made of hulled, lightly roasted seeds. East Asian sesame paste is made of unhulled seeds.

Tahini is a major component of hummus bi tahini and other Middle Eastern foods. It is sold fresh or dehydrated.

Tahini is sometimes used to replace peanut butter on bread. In the Middle East tahini is used in a variety of dishes, and is often mixed with lemon juice, salt and garlic. May be thinned out to make a sauce. It is a main ingredient in soups. You can make your own tahini by using a blender and mixing white sesame seeds with peanut oil until creamy.

This is one of the reasons why tahini is so good. In grinding up the sesame seeds and making them into a paste, it’s easier for you to absorb the nutrients. Tahini is particularly useful because of the fats it contains, the minerals and also the antioxidants.

The nutrients in sesame seeds are Protein, FibreFat, Carbohydrate, Minerals, Vitamins, and Antioxidants.

Benefits of Tahini

Tahini is a source of calcium, protein and B vitamins. Tahini is a good source of essential fatty acids (EFA), these EFA's are used in helping to maintain healthy skin.

Because one of the ingredients in tahini is sesame oil it has quite a high calorie content. Because of this tahini should be used in moderation. The good news is the majority of fats in tahini are unsaturated rather than saturated.

Tahini is a source of vitamin E which helps to reduce the rate of aging in body cells.

Sesame seeds are also a good source of the amino acid Methionine. Methionine is an important contributor to liver detoxification and helps with the absorption of other amino acids.

Uses

Tahini paste is used in a variety of dishes. Tahini-based sauces are common in Arab and Israeli restaurants as a side dish or as a garnish, usually including lemon juice, salt and garlic, and thinned with water. Tahini sauce is a popular condiment for meat and vegetables in Middle Eastern cuisine . Tahini is a major ingredient of hummus recipe and baba ganush. It is also a main ingredient in soups. As a spread, tahini can replace peanut butter on bread, though the flavor and texture are quite different.

Tahini Recipes
Videos
  • raw pakoras & tahini recipe: onion cabbage flax seeds ground water curry powder, mustard seeds, salt, hing sesame seeds ground lemon parsley salt oil water (I LOVE TAHINI!!!!)
  • Raw Vegetable Wraps with Collard Greens and Tahini Sauce: In this show, Annmarie makes an awesome raw food recipe that can be modified to your taste and prep style. Collards are high in phytonutients as well as vitamin K, vitamin A and vitamin C. Tahini is sesame paste that is high in iron and calcium.

  • Tahini Salad - Video Recipe: How to make a delicious and nutritious salad with toasted pumpkin seeds, avocado, grapes, and tahini dressing.

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