I have had tahini in hummus before and in other Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes, but I’ve never wondered what tahini actually is. Well, it is a paste of ground sesame seeds. You can make it at home by roasting the seeds, grinding them up in a blender with oil and salt. But I was already over-extending myself in one evening with the Turkish-Spiced Chicken Kebabs, Pomegranate Relish, Tzatziki, and this Tahini Yogurt so I bought tahini in a jar. Plus, Jen and I do not own a decent blender. Shameful, I know.
The tahini yogurt can also be served with plain pita chips, and makes a great snack.
- 3 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon Baharat Seasoning (recipe here)
- 1 large garlic clove, pressed
- 1/2 cup plain whole-milk Greek-style yogurt
- 1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
Whisk in yogurt and tahini. Season tahini yogurt to taste with salt. Prepare ahead.