Tahini or tashi as it is called in Cyprus, is a paste made from ground sesame seeds.  It is usually very thick and if left a long time you will see that oil is gathered on top.  You do not have to worry about that you just mix it and it is just fine.

To make the tahini sauce or dip this paste has to be dissolved with water, mixed with several other ingredients  until it resembles like a creamy mayonnaise.

The recipe is included in my cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!

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27 Comments on Tashi (tahini) Dip

  1. PG says:

    looks so delicious!

  2. Rosa says:

    Oh, I’m addicted to tahini paste, so your yummy dip makes me drool! It’s very similar to the Lebanese Tarator sauce…



  3. Happy Cook says:

    Creamy delicious. I make hummous at home never made thaini at home.

  4. Peter G says:

    I had no idea it was this simple Ivy…great stuff!

  5. Reeni says:

    I love tahini and hummus, I will give this is a try!

  6. Cynthia says:

    I’ve only ever used tahini to make hummus but never made it into a dip. Thanks for this Ivy.

  7. elly says:

    I love this kind of dip, Ivy. It’s so good on its own with pita, and equally good on chicken pitas or even salads. Mmm.

  8. Peter says:

    Love the simplicity of this and surely that plate and pittes vanished in no time!

  9. Angie says:

    I love sesame seeds paste all the time. I am just wondering why
    the colour is white…thought it’s yellowish.

  10. Thanks everybody for your comments and tahini is really very easy to make.

    Angie, tahini in its natural form is always a beige colour and it may get darker depending on how much the sesame seeds have been roasted. However, I do not know of any yellow tahini.

  11. deeba says:

    Oh yum yum Ivy. I love tahini dip!

  12. Joan Nova says:

    Love tahini, hate the calories.

  13. Rosie says:

    Such a creamy looking tahini paste – nice one Ivy 😀

  14. giz says:

    You put this in front of me with pita and don’t be expecting anyone else to have any. This would last me one episode of one of my favourite t.v. shows – no longer.

  15. Mike says:

    I’m sitting here, stomach rumbling, and boy would this hit the spot. It looks delicious

  16. yasmeen says:

    Yummy tahini,perfect with pitas:)

  17. Bunny says:

    I think I’m the only one whose never had it!! It looks wonderful Ivy!

  18. Teresa says:

    Ivy, hello my friend. What a wonderful sauce. I like sesame seeds but had no idea that there was a paste available. I will have to look for it. Thank you sweetie.

  19. RecipeGirl says:

    Delicious- and I love those long, skinny dishes too :)

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  21. Núria says:

    I have never tried it Ivy! But love to know about traditional Chipriot recipes 😀

  22. Hello Ivy

    I love this dip. Your’s look fabulous, nice and smooth. It is funny as I made it for a Cypriot friend of mine as he had never heard of it, but he hated it as it was too heavy for him, whereas a lot of my family love it.

    Nice pics too : )

    (oh I’m actually making Flaounes today, so photos should be up shortly. Would love o see your recipe for them)


  23. Falafel says:

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  25. ~katie says:

    I am SOOOO addicted to tahini, seriously. It’s becoming a problem. This looks YUMMY as ever :)

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