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Tahini sauce: The basic recipe

So you know the basic recipe for falafel? Now you just need the perfect sauce! Tahini sauce is made in no time with tahini, lemon, garlic and parsley . By the way, this sauce is called tarratohr in Lebanon.

The tahini sauce tastes slightly nutty and yet wonderfully fresh. The lemon gives the sauce a lovely acidity and the parsley slightly slows down the strong garlic.

Tarratohr is fantastic with falafel, or shawarma, but also with grilled meat (e.g. kafta) and fried vegetables.

Tahini sauce
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Preparation time 5 minutes
Preparation time 5 minutes
Total time 10 minutes
Servings 1 Servings
Calories 524


  • 85 g Tahini
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 1 handful flat leaf parsley
  • 100 ml water or more according to taste. It depends on the tahini used.
  • Salt, pepper


  • Peel the garlic clove and crush it with the salt in a mortar.
  • Squeeze the lemon.
  • Chop the parsley.
  • In a bowl, mix the garlic-salt mixture with the tahini.
  • Add the juice of half a lemon and mix together. The mixture will now behave a little strangely: The tahini reacts with the lemon - and the mixture stiffens.
  • Now add the water and mix everything well with a fork. The sauce is now liquid and creamy.
  • Now add the chopped parsley and taste the sauce again with salt and pepper as needed. One serving yields approx. 250 ml.


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Nutritional values

Calories: 524kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 20g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Sodium: 37mg | Potassium: 482mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 153IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 144mg | Iron: 4mg

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    1. Hi Pascale,
      I always use flat-leaf parsley 🙂

      Many greetings

  1. Hello Rafik,

    Thank you very much for the information. I had already thought about it, but I wasn't quite sure.

    By the way, I like your blog very much. I came across your blog by chance, I wanted to know what a taouk spice is needed for. I really like the stories you tell a recipe. Gives the recipe a personal touch that is really appealing.

    Continued success for your blog!

    Many greetings

    1. Hey Pascale,
      Wow, thank you so much for the compliment. I'm really pleased that you like my blog. I'm sure there will be many more stories to come.
      Have a nice Pentecost weekend 🙂

      Kind regards

  2. Hello, Rafik,

    the falafels turned out wonderfully, next time I'll use more salt, then they'll be perfect. Thank you for the recipe! The tahini sauce tasted bitter... Is that normal!?
    Kind regards, Andrea

    1. Hi Andrea,
      I'm so glad the falafel worked out well 🙂 .
      With the tahini sauce, it all depends on the tahini. If your store-bought tahini is rather bitter, then I would balance it out with a little more water. Give it a try 🙂
      Kind regards

  3. Dear Rafik,

    Thank you so much for your great tahini sauce recipe. My family loves the sauce, especially great with falafel. Even my very critical son loves the sauce 🤩.
    I use a lot more lemon juice and a lot more garlic.

    1. Hello Brigitte,
      I am very pleased to hear that. Thank you very much for your great feedback. More garlic is always good 😀

      Kind regards

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