Tahina Tarator | Tahini Spread | Tahini Dip or Dressing

A taste of the Middle East

Tahina Tarator - Tahini Spread recipe

This is a wonderfully simple dip, spread, dressing or sauce, quick to make, healthy and delicious to eat while watching the share prices.

This time in other years I was making a Cucumber Olan Curry, Salt and Pepper Lotus Seeds, Marinated Zucchini, Dal Makhani Nilgiri, Green Mung Dal Soup, Lentil Dumplings in a Spicy Gravy, and Overnight Breakfast Oats.


This is a Lebanese dish, popular also in Syria, Jordan and other parts of the Middle East. Use as a spread on wonderful rye bread, as a dip with pita bread, as a dressing on green salads or a sauce on steamed or baked vegetables.

Tahina Tarator: Tahina Salad

Source : adapted from Vegetarian Dishes from the Middle East
Cuisine: Lebanese
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 0 mins
Serves: 4 – 6 people, depending how you use it

150ml tahini paste
juice of 2 – 3 lemons
approx. 150 ml milk
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tspn salt
0.5 tspn chilli powder
1 tspn ground cumin
1 Tblspn chpped parsley

Pour the tahini into a large bowl and add the lemon juice. Stir well – the tahini will thicken up and become grainy. Slowly add the milk, stirring until it becomes beautifully creamy. Thin until you get the desired thickness (for a spread, dip, sauce or dressing).

Season with the garlic, salt, chilli powder and cumin powder. Add half the parsley and stir.

Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Serve sprinkled with the remaining parsley.


Author: Ganga108

Heat in the Kitchen, Cooking with Spirit. Temple junkie, temple builder, temple cleaner. Lover of life, people, cultures, travel. Champion of growth, change and awareness. Taker of photos. Passionate about family. Happy.

29 thoughts on “Tahina Tarator | Tahini Spread | Tahini Dip or Dressing”

  1. You make such an important point about resilience. And yes, “double whammy” translates, (Ever seen Press Your Luck? :)) This dip sounds lovely, tahini is pretty important around my household.

    Hi rainbowbrown, I did some research on double whammy, and it comes from the US, and means evil influence or a curse. See http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/119750.html. Who would have known? Thanks for your comment – tahini is such a powerful food. I haven’t seen Press Your Luck but (good ol’ internet) wikipedia explains it all.


  2. Great photos and another simple and lovely recipe! I love Tahini as it serves as a base for quite a few Middle eastern dips.
    Mix in boiled and mashed chickpeas with tahini and we have Hummus. Mix in grilled and mashed eggplant to tahini and you get Baba Ghanoush, another favourite dip.

    Tahini is so versatile that I find it surprising that the equivalent of Tahini or “Ellu Thogayal” is not common in South Indian cuisine !


  3. Very sweet post. I think I now know what “interesting times” meant in that old Chinese proverb. Whatever goes down, must come up eventually, right? This dip looks lovely and will provide some comfort in the meantime.

    Very interesting times indeed. Who knows how long the impact of these weeks will be felt? It will be years, I think. I looked at some graphs recently about the other “dips” in the economic worlds, and the average times to recovery. I think that this one might be longer than most. It will be interesting to watch.

    Let’s all eat dip. :0)


  4. How serendipitous! I spotted a jar of raw tahini in the refrigerator and wondered what I could make and now I know. I’ll use nut milk in place of the dairy milk. Thanks for sharing this dip recipe.


  5. This looks so lovely! Hm…do you have a recipe for tahini paste? I should really go buy some but I can’t justify the expense because it seems simple enough to make myself. Isn’t it just sesame seeds? (or nuvulu as my mother calls them!)


  6. Happy Christmas! The tahini spread recipe sounds great, would love to try it out! Today on the news I saw people against of using the name Hummus outside Lebanon! I hope it won’t happen to Tahini.


  7. terrific ….people actually want to eat for food value as much as taste…In a hurry ……w/g flat bread..hummus ….cucumbers …cranberries….wrap and go !


  8. They have the same type of thing in Turkey. Makes sense, obviously, since they are right next door. What a great blog – really enjoy reading it.


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