Creamy Vegan Tahini Gravy is a vegan tahini recipe for a savory, protein-rich topping that enhances and completes even the simplest of meals.
This Creamy Tahini Gravy is purely a savory delight!
When you’re looking for that little something to complete a simple meal of potatoes and veggies or a quinoa or rice bowl to make it a bit more hearty and nutritious, then look no further. Tahini Gravy will fit the bill!
This vegan tahini recipe is easy and quick to make.
The ingredients you need are tahini, soy sauce or tamari, a mild oil like avocado or sunflower, some water, and some arrowroot or cornstarch. It really couldn’t be much easier.
Tahini is such a versatile seed butter made of sesame seeds.
The humble sesame seed is packed with protein, calcium, magnesium and many other nutrients. Small seeds like sesame are better absorbed when broken down and made into a paste or seed butter like tahini.
Cornstarch or Arrowroot?
Cornstarch and Arrowroot as thickeners each need to be treated differently.
As cornstarch begins to thicken, it needs to be stirred and cooked just a little to remove the starchy taste – about 1 – 2 minutes.
Arrowroot, on the other hand, only needs to be stirred and cooked until it just thickens and then removed from the heat. Arrowroot will breakdown with continued heat and become thin.
To make this gravy/sauce:
- Bring water and soy sauce to a boil.
- As it’s coming to a boil, in a separate measuring cup, mix your arrowroot or cornstarch with a little room temperature water until it becomes a *slurry*.
- Then whisk that into the boiling water and soy sauce. Stir constantly until it thickens. *If you’re using cornstarch as your thickener, it will take around 1 – 2 minutes for it to thicken and for the starchy taste to go away*. See below for slightly different instruction when using arrowroot.
- At this point, when it has thickened, remove from the heat and stir or whisk in the oil and tahini. Mix well and it’s done!
When using arrowroot instead of cornstarch:
- If you use arrowroot as your thickener when you whisk the *slurry* of it into the boiling water with soy sauce, stir or whisk only until it gets thick and not any longer or it will go backwards and start to get thin again.
- When it has thickened, remove from the heat and stir or whisk in the oil and tahini and mix well and the tahini gravy is done.
What is a slurry?
A slurry is a mixture of a starch and a liquid stirred together until the starch dissolves. Slurries are added to sauces, soups, stews or any cooking liquid that you want to thicken.
This gravy/sauce is such a great savory topping on so many foods. It’s delicious on steamed veggies, baked sweet and white potatoes, mashed potatoes, grains, etc. The flavor, nutrition and heartiness of whatever you serve it on is enhanced.
Baked sweet potatoes with sautéed mushrooms and onions and then topped with Tahini Gravy is so doggone good! Besides, it’s nutritious too, so a win win for sure.
Be careful though, you just might want to eat this sauce by the spoonful.
Mindless eating of yummy stuff just seems to happen sometime. 😉
- tahini is a paste or butter made from ground sesame seeds
- it’s a staple food in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, e.g. hummus
- high in healthy fats and amino acids and
- it’s good for skin health
- great source of protein and essential vitamins, like vitamin E and B vitamins and
- minerals like magnesium and calcium
Here’s the recipe:
Creamy Vegan Tahini Gravy
- 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari
- 2 cups water
- 3 Tbs cornstarch *OR* 2 Tbsp arrowroot
- 2 Tbsp mild oil like avocado or sunflower
- 1/2 cup tahini
- Add the water and soy sauce or tamari to a saucepan and bring to a boil
- Mix cornstarch OR arrowroot with a little room temperature water in a separate cup to form a slurry
- Whisk this slurry into the boiling liquid and cook it for 1 - 2 minutes (*when using cornstarch*), stirring constantly, until thick and the starchy taste is gone and remove from the heat
- ***When using arrowroot INSTEAD of cornstarch***, whisk the slurry of arrowroot and water into the boiling liquid and stir and cook only until it thickens. When it thickens, remove from the heat to prevent it from breaking down and getting thin again
- Stir or whisk in the oil and tahini and mix well
*Please note that the nutrition information provided is just a close estimate using an online nutrition calculator.*
Inspired by: Tahini
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