Houmous and Tahini sauce recipes from The Perfect Pantry

Tahini sauce is a popular topping for falafel, and it’s great on grilled chicken, on pizza, or in place of peanut butter in a PB-and-cucumber-filled pita or spread on a tomato sandwich. To turn tahini paste into tahini sauce, place a bit in a food processor, and slowly add additional olive oil until you achieve a pourable consistency. You can add a bit of lemon juice or yogurt, too. And some chopped parsley. And cayenne. And smoked paprika….


  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup tahini
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 4 cups canned chick peas, drained (reserve 1/4 cup liquid)
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (optional)
  • Paprika (optional, for garnish)


In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, process the garlic, lemon juice and tahini until a smooth paste. Add the water and chick peas, and continue to process until mixture is almost fluffy. Add some of the reserved chick pea liquid, if necessary. Season with the cumin. Transfer to a bowl. If desired, drizzle the oil over the top and swirl with a knife. Sprinkle with paprika.

Also known as hummus, houmus


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