Tahini Yogurt

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)


Combine lemon juice, Baharat Seasoning, and garlic in medium bowl; stir to blend. Let stand 5 minutes. Serve with Turkish-Spiced Chicken Kebabs, Pomegranate Relish, Tzatziki and pita bread.

Whisk in yogurt and tahini. Season tahini yogurt to taste with salt. Prepare ahead.

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