Saturday, March 10, 2012

Weekend Cooking: Tahini-yoghurt sauce

Picture this: You want to make hummus for the first time and you buy a jar of tahini (sesame paste) but you only need a spoonful of tahin for a whole lot of hummus, so what to do with the rest of your jar? That is why this Taste of Tahini blog hop is starring tahini. You will have 4 recipes to your the rest of your jar of tahini :)

I made a tahini-yoghurt sauce from the cookbook veggie burgers every which way by Lukas Volger. This was a double challenge for me because I don't make my own sauces that often and I am fairly new at it. I served this sauce as a topping on bean burgers and it tasted great.It has a really fresh flavor and is perfect for spring.

Tahini-yoghurt sauce (makes 1 1/4 cups - enough for 6 bean burgers)
- 3/4 cup Greek style plain yoghurt
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 2 tbsp minced fresh parsley
- 1 minced garlic clove
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp cumin
- some salt

Just combine all the ingredients and adjust seasonings if needed. That's it! I was surprised myself how easy it is to make your own sauce if you know what to combine. Additionally you can add a dash of hot sauce if you like a more spicy sauce.

For the burger I slapped some sauce on the bottom bun, just a spoonful and spread it. Then I put some lettuce and cucumber on there and the bean burger. Lastly I added more sauce on top before placing the top bun. 

I linked some related recipes for your convenience:
Bean Burgers
Cauliflower Soup with tahin

And of course there is more tahin inspiration if you read the posts of the other participants:
Chinoiseries made summer rolls
Graasland made roasted eggplant and tahini soup
JannyAn made vegan falafel

This post is part of Weekend Cooking. Make sure you visit the other participants as well :)


  1. This sauce sounds so good. I bet it'd be good with raw veggies too. I love your themed blog hops and I'm also happy to get some new idea for using my tahini.

  2. Looks good! I think it might taste good with my vegan Falafel. Don't you?

  3. @JannyAn: I am sure it will actually. I was thinking of serving this with falafel myself :)

  4. You are so right about that jar of tahini to use up!
    That sauce sound delicious.

  5. I always have leftover tahini to use up, so this is perfect. I have to backtrack now and look at your penguin bento(!) the little picture caught my eye when I was scrolling down!!

  6. The sauce sounds delicious, great way to use the tahini!

  7. Thanks so much! My hummus recipe calls for 1/2 cup tahini, but that still leaves half a can, which I usually just throw away.

  8. Sounds great Uniflame! I'll think about a veganized version of this sauce and post it here. I had wanted to post a lemony tahini sauce anyway this weekend, but we had some sudden obligations which made it impossible to blog.

    BTW did you see I tried your bean burgers this week? I'm afraid I got a little spoiled by PPK's beet burgers.. :\

  9. This looks like a delicious addition to a burger!

  10. Oh my goodness that sandwich looks to die for! What you need as a side is my Irish Boxty !

  11. I love tahini yogurt sauce!!! I've almost always had it on a giro at a street fair.. but your bean burgers sound like the perfect compliment to the yogurt sauce.