Wonderful sesame based sauce for falafel pitas or as a dip (about a cup).
3 tablespoons tahini (pure sesame seed paste)*
2 cloves finely crushed garlic
pinch of salt
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil, optional (most classic recipes do not include)
Enough warm water to achieve the desired consistency (this sauce is usually very thin)
1. Add everything but water into a blender or food processor and blend, slow adding the water until the desired consistency is achieved.
2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
*You can of course use store bought tahini paste (Joyva has been my brand of choice), but it is expensive and not always easy to find. You can take it up a notch by making your own tahini in a blender or a food processor.
Measure out the minimum amount of white hulled sesame seeds that you can successfully process in your blender or food processor (for my blender this is about half a cup). Toast them in a stainless steel skillet over medium low to medium heat, stirring every 30 seconds or so until light, golden brown. Remove from heat and let cool. Then grind the seeds in the blender or FP with the olive oil until you have a thin-ish peanut buttery texture.