Cyprus Passion

Tashi is a popular dip made from a crushed sesame seed paste known as Tahini. Tashi is enjoyed by people all throughout Cyprus! Cypriots usually serve their Tashi dip with pita bread and mezes or as a sauce alongside grilled meat like pork or chicken souvla.

Tashi is a simple dip flavoured with lemon juice and garlic. Each Cypriot has their own recipe for Tahini depending on how much garlic and lemon juice they prefer. Below is our version of Tahini recipe:


X1 385g Jar of Tahini paste

X2 Garlic cloves

X4 Lemons

X1 Pinch of salt


Small bunch of parsley to garnish (optional)



  1. Juice x4 lemons in a lemon juicer and set aside

  2. Peel and grate two cloves of garlic and set aside

  3. Pour the contents of the tahini paste into a mixing bowl

  4. Add the minced garlic

  5. Add x1 pinch of salt

  6. Slowly pour the lemon juice in the mixing bowl a little bit at a time and mix together until all the lemon juice is incorporated

    – the mixture may change colour to a dark brown. The texture will also become quite thick like a sticky paste but this is very normal.

  7. Add 1 1/2 – 2 cups of water a little bit at a time and mix together until all the water is incorporated.

    – Please note that you may need to add a little bit more or less water depending on when your mixture will become a dip like consistency (the consistency is similar to yoghurt).

    – The mixture will also become lighter in colour.

  8. Sprinkle chopped parsley on your Tashi as a garnish to serve and your Tashi is ready!

Some people like their Tashi with more lemon, and some like it with more garlic or both. This is completely up to you and you can adapt this recipe to your taste

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