Tashi is a Cypriot vegan dip made with tahini, garlic and lemon juice. It goes well with almost any food and this appetizer is served in all Cypriot restaurants.
The word “tashi” in the Cypriot dialect means tahini.
Tashi (tahini) is a food that is included in the list of the healthiest and nutritious options, with satisfactory calorific performance but at the same time with great nutritional value and beneficial properties.
It is an ideal substitute for animal proteins, especially during periods of fasting, as it contains a significant amount of vegetable proteins of high biological value, which act rejuvenating and anti-aging for the body.
This dip is similar to hummus, except that it does not contain chickpeas and has more creamy consistency, like mayonnaise.
Tahini is made from ground sesame seeds and is in the form of a thick paste.
It is usually very thick and if left a long time resting in the fridge, you will see that oil (sesame oil) is gathered on top. You do not have to worry about this as you just have to mix it well and it will become just fine.
To make the tahini sauce or dip this paste has to be thinned with water and then, together with garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and salt it is pulsed in a food processor, adding a lit bit more water, until it resembles like a creamy mayonnaise.
The dip is wonderful as an accompaniment to many dishes and vegetables but also one of the many appetizers served in Cyprus.
It is a must with Falafel!
If you thin it more, it becomes a wonderful salad dressing. See my recipe for Greek Chickpea Salad with Quinoa and Tahini Sauce,
The recipe is included in my cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!
- 1 cup tahini
- ½ cup lemon juice
- 1 – 2 cloves garlic
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ cup lukewarm water
- 1 tsp parsley or cilantro, finely chopped
- A pinch of white pepper (optional)
- Put the tahini, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper In a food processor and pulse.
- Add the water gradually (not necessarily all) until it becomes creamy, like mayonnaise.
- Sprinkle with some parsley or fresh coriander (cilantro) on top.
- Serve with pita bread.
Store in the fridge, covered with cling film.
For a more light sauce, mix in 1 - 2 tablespoons of Greek Yoghurt or mayonnaise.
Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 905Total Fat 84gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 69gCholesterol 0mgSodium 590mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 6gSugar 1gProtein 21g
"These values are automatically calculated and offered for guidance only. Their accuracy is not guaranteed."
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