Nothing is more quintessential to Arabian cuisine than everybody's favourite, tahini sauce. This paste is made from toasted, ground sesame seeds and stars as the essential sauce in some of the most famous Middle Eastern dishes. Whether it's a simple bowl of tahini in which you dip your falafel or a topping on your grilled kebab wrap, chances are that you've already enjoyed it in some form or another.
Luckily for all Arabian food lovers, the cuisine is packed with plenty of ingredients that improve your overall digestive health. Tahini, however, has a plethora of other nutritional benefits, and we're here to tell you all about it.
1. Vitamins & Minerals? Check
Having a generous portion of tahini to dip some warm bread into before a meal could be the best thing you've done for your body all day. It's a great way to get yourself an influx of vitamins, particularly vitamin E as well as B vitamins such as thiamine, B2, B3, B5 and B15. These B vitamins are incredibly important with regards to metabolic functions that deal with cognition and stress.
Tahini is also a great source of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, manganese and zinc. It's can be a great source of iron, which makes it an excellent go-to condiment to battle against anaemia, iron deficiency and fatigue. Who knew?
One of the yummiest (and most easy to find) tahini paste starters you can try is - you guessed it - a hummus dish, like the one at Saray Restaurant. Made of tahini, blended chickpeas, garlic, salt and olive oil, this dish is another gem on the list of Middle Eastern goodies. You can also try some of Meze World's Chili Hummus, if you're looking to spice it up a notch.
2. Tahini is packed with amino acids & healthy fats
High in both iron and amino acids? Does that mean tahini can be a good part of our post-workout meal? Absolutely. Sesame seeds are high in certain essential amino acids such as lysine, tryptophan and methionine, and have a higher protein content than the majority of nuts.
The paste also pretty high in healthy fats. The type of fats we're typically warned against are saturated fats, but most of the fats in tahini's nutritious oils are poly-saturated. Since fat intake is still essential to our health, many experts actually recommend the intake of foods with a good amount of healthy fats. Spreading some tahini on one of your veggie burgers also subtly helps you feel fuller throughout the day.
A great way to enjoy tahini in a filling, veggie-friendly meal is with one of Awa Grill House's falafel burgers - a falafel patty is smeared with fresh tahini sauce and stuffed between two whole-wheat buns alongside a grilled slice of eggplant. Wait and see just how nourished and satisfied you'll feel by the end of this yummy dish.
3. Your path to better skin
Sesame seeds are also a great source of the vitamins, minerals and fatty acids that help your skin rejuvenate and stay refreshed. For centuries, its luscious oils have been known to help treat skin burns, dryness, sensitivities and wounds. It also happens to be a natural antifungal and antibacterial agent. This means it can clear those nasty bacterial infections that clog our pores, and keep our faces looking fresh and clean.
Its healthy fats help with inflammation and keep your skin moist, while its minerals, like zinc, help repair damaged tissues. Tahini your way to softer, plusher skin with Lyalena's Aubergine Mutabbal starter! A true vegetarian delight, this dish is made of grilled aubergine puree blended with creamy yoghurt and topped some smooth tahini. Each ingredient in this plate is chock-full of some of the best vitamins and nutrients we need to feel fresher than ever before.
Try out some of these top tahini dishes from Deliveroo and start on your path to a healthy, happy you!