I recently shared my go-to falafel recipe with you. Now if you are making falafels, you will most definitely need a white sauce recipe too. We love falafels but we always need a sauce with them. This toasted sesame seed white sauce is super simple, easy to make and is the perfect compliment to falafels. Since we love the sauce so much, we actually have tried it with many other things like meatballs and shawarma and realized it pairs beautifully with so many dishes.
Toasted Sesame Seeds
- Toasting the sesame seeds helps to bring out this wonderful nutty flavor.
- Its so easy to toast the sesame seeds. I just take a few tablespoons and dry toast in a skillet on the stovetop. Keep stirring the seeds so they get evenly toasted on all sides!
- I usually toast a few tablespoons of sesame seeds at one time, blend it up and store in an air tight container. It will store for 3 months. If you make this toasted sesame seed white sauce on a regular, like I do!, the sauce comes together in just a few minutes!
The sauce is so tangy, creamy and flavorful. You would be surprised it has barely any ingredients! The minimal ingredient list really helps bring out the flavors of the sesame seeds here.
So Simple – Only 5 Ingredients
- Sesame seeds – toasted and finely ground
- Yogurt – any type of plain yogurt (Greek, Desi style)
- Sour cream
Once you have the sesame seeds toasted and ground up. Just dump all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl. Whisk until the mixture is smooth. Chill the white sauce in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve. That’s it!
This sauce is perfect with falafels and any type of mediterranean food. You might think to add more seasonings to make a more halal style white sauce, but try this one! The simpleness of this sesame seed white sauce really helps to let the falafel or meat shine. Since falafel are usually pretty seasoned, the pairing works really well together.
Toasted Sesame Seed White Sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 2 cups yogurt
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon salt
- In a small skillet, add the sesame seeds and dry roast over medium heat. Keep stir the seeds. Cook until you see the seeds getting a little brown. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- Grind the sesame seeds into a powder (some seeds may not blend and that's ok, you're looking for most of the seeds to grind up).
- Combine yogurt, sour cream, mayonnaise together in a bowl. Whisk together if you see lumps.
- Whisk in the toasted sesame seeds powder and salt into the sauce.
- Transfer the sauce into a container and store in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.
- Serve with falafel, meatballs or shawarma. Sauce will keep in the refrigerator for 1 week.