What is Tahini Sauce?
Tahini paste is made from ground sesame seeds, and then blended with lemon juice, garlic and water to make tahini sauce. It has a smooth consistency and an earthy flavor. Tahini sauce can be used as a spread on sandwiches, as a dip for breads or vegetables, or used as a marinade on meats.
What does Tahini Sauce Taste Like?
...Sour is one of the five main tastes. It is tart and bright, sometimes with a mouth-puckering quality. Sour is a naturally occurring flavor found in many foods, including citrus, vinegar, various dairy products, and certain fruits. Sour is used to enhance a dish or drink and is used as both a main and complimentary flavor.
...Umami is one of five main tastes. It is savory with a depth of flavor. Umami is a taste in many foods, including meat, seafood, beans, and nuts. It is both naturally occurring and created through the specific use of ingredients to create a satisfying taste. Umami is characteristic of proteins and savory dishes.
...Tahini is a paste and condiment made from ground sesame seeds. Sesame seeds are tiny and white, some varieties are red-brown or black. White sesame is usually used for tahini. This beige-grey paste is thick, oily and smooth with a hint of graininess. Some varieties are thinner than others and a bit runny. Tahini made with raw sesame seeds tastes very earthy, while tahini made with roasted sesame tastes warmer and rounded, but still earthy. Tahini can be bought salted or unsalted and is used in sauces and as a flavoring for foods.
...Lemon juice is made from the flesh of the pulpy yellow lemon fruit. The juice is squeezed from the flesh of the lemon and is a pale yellow color. The flavor is very sour and bright. Lemon juice is used in multiple cuisines around the world to brighten and enhance the flavors of the other ingredients. Lemon juice is used to make lemonade and goes well on fish. It has many uses.
...Lemon zest is used in dishes to brighten the flavors and add a lemon flavor that is floral, citrusy, and anything but sour. Lemon zest comes from the yellow skin of the lemon. When using zest, none of the white pith underneath should be used, as it tastes bitter. The skin is shaved off in tiny pieces and this is what is called lemon zest, which also refers to the small size. The zest contains aromatic lemon oil and not juice. The small size of the zest makes it easy to incorporate into dishes such as pasta or into a cake batter.
...Garlic is used in cuisines around the world and is extremely popular for its depth of flavor. The garlic bulb forms underneath the soil and is harvested once it reaches maturity. The bulb typically has thin, dry, white and flaky skin, surrounding the individual cloves. Often there are 10-12 cloves to a bulb/head of garlic. The cloves are cream colored with a strong smell and flavor that is spicy and sharp. Garlic takes on a nutty flavor in addition, when cooked. It is used in countless dishes, sauces, breads and more.