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Raw Tahini Salad Dip Recipe

The following information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness.

Tahini is a highly nutritious Middle Eastern culinary staple - and is ideal for those who strive to stick to a raw food diet. Made from sesame seeds, tahini is a good source of calcium, protein, vitamins B (for your nerves) and E (for your skin cells), and is an excellent source of essential fatty acids.

Sesame seeds are also a good source of the amino acid Methionine, which is an important contributor to liver detoxification and helps with the absorption of other amino acids. While the calorie content of tahini is slightly high because of the abundance of oil in the sesame seeds, the good news is that the majority of fats in tahini are unsaturated rather than saturated.

In this tasty oriental salad, you'll also reap the benefits of additional ingredients such as garlic (excellent for your immunity!), lemon (vitamin C), soya yogurt (some more protein), and olive oil (yet more vitamin E to keep your skin in great shape).

The spices in this recipe also give it a very particular Middle Eastern taste - particularly the ground cumin, which also serves as a brilliant tonic for a sore stomach and irritable bowel syndrome. The great thing about this salad-dip is that it can be used as a spread (let's say, on sun-dried crackers of example) or as a condiment next to crispy carrot sticks and cucumbers -- and keeps for up to 12 days in an air-tight container in the fridge. For variation, you can also add chopped green peppers, minced eggplant flesh, chopped parsley or dill. And it takes only minutes to make!

How To Make Raw Tahini:

The raw tahini salad dip recipe calls for, of course, raw tahini. You can buy pre-made tahini but if you would like to make it yourself, the following recipe will help. Follow the steps below to make about 2 cups of raw tahini.

Soak 1 cup raw (un-toasted) sesame seeds at room temperature for 4 hours in enough water to cover them, plus a little bit more. The seeds will swell as they sit because they will absorb some of the water.

Next, drain the seeds and rinse them. Let them continue to sprout in the fridge for approximately 3-4 hours.

Put the sprouted sesame seeds into a high-powered blender and blend until creamy. To keep the mixture moving in the blender until all seeds are blended, you may need to add a bit of water. Do so at a rate of 1 tablespoon or so at a time.

Store your raw tahini in a sealed glass container in the fridge and consume within a few days as there are no preservatives, or add it to the tahini dip recipe that follows.

Ingredients:
  • 250g tahini
  • 2 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 lemon, squeezed
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 150g plain soya yogurt (or extra 1/2 cup of water)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • hot tabasco sauce (few drops)
  • olive oil (a drizzle)
  • parsley stems (garnish)
Making Raw Tahini Dip:

1. In a medium bowl, combine tahini, water (gradually), vinegar, and lemon juice. Stir in slowly until texture is smooth.



2. Add crushed garlic cloves and stir in well. Leave for 10 minutes until flavor seeps in.



3. Stir in pepper, cumin powder, and salt.



4. Add soya yogurt, and stir (soya yogurt in this recipe is optional - it can be substituted with an extra 1/2 cup of water in step 1).



5. Carefully add a few drops of hot tabasco sauce (regular chilli sauce will also do). Stir well until red color is blended.



6. Drizzle with olive oil, and add some parsley stems to garnish. Serve chilled.



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The above information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. It is valuable to seek the advice of an alternative health care professional before making any changes. The statements above have not been evaluated by the FDA (or your country's equivalent). Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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