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Tahinosoupa: A Traditional Greek Tahini Soup

Tahinosoupa is a unique traditional Greek tahini soup. To be honest, I was unaware of this soup existence! A couple of weeks ago, I was reading a recipe book from Mount Athos and I surprisingly found this recipe. Mount Athos, commonly referred to in Greek as the “Holy Mountain, is a mountain and peninsula in northeastern Greece and an important center of Eastern Orthodox monasticism. As monks in Mount Athos fast nearly all year long, they have come with creative and delicious ways to cook!

As tahinosoupa contains no meat and I fast, I wanted to cook and taste it. And luckily I did! I couldn’t believe how delicious this soup was. So, this Good Friday now you what to eat! Although this soup is ideal to serve during Lent, it is ideal for any time of the year especially if you are a vegan. This simple and tasty Greek tahini soup will surprise you. To cook it, you will need long-grain white rice, carrots, celery, parsley, tahini, and lemon juice. I have made tahinosoupa a couple of times and the last time I cooked it, I used short cut pasta and the outcome again satisfied me. This tahinosoupa recipe serves 6 persons.


Tahinosoupa – Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons of Greek extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 carrots, scrubbed clean and diced
  • 2 stalks of celery with leaves, diced
  • 1 cup of long-grain white rice
  • 8 cups water, divided
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • ¼ cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice

Tahinosoupa – Instructions

  1. Start making this tahinosoupa by taking a baking pan and add the olive oil and set over medium heat.
  2. Add the carrots, and celery to the pan and sauté. Stir frequently for about 10 minutes until vegetables become tender.
  3. Now, add in the rice. Continue to cook and stir for the next 2 minutes.
  4. Slowly pour in 7½ cups of the water. Add the parsley, salt, and pepper. Stir again.
  5. Now, increase temperature to medium-high, and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Reduce heat to low, cover, and allow to simmer for about 20 minutes.
  7. Take a mixing bowl and add the tahini, remaining ½ cup of water, and lemon juice. Stir well.
  8. Remove the tahinosoupa from the heat. Take one cup from the soup and add it to the tahini mixture. Mix it well to combine the ingredients.
  9. Once ingredients are unified, slowly stir it into the soup.
  10. Taste to see if additional salt is needed. Add to taste.
  11. Serve tahinosoupa while hot.

I hope you like this tahinosoupa. Stay tuned for more traditional Greek recipes. Enjoy!

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