Tahinosoupa: Savor the Creamy Elegance of Greek Tahini Soup

 Tahinosoupa is a quick dish, nutritious, easy, and ideal for fasting days. Soups are delicious and suitable for any time of the year. However, this Greek tahini soup has another advantage due to the ingredient it bears in its name. Tahini is a food of high nutritional value, healthy, and nutritious, making it ideal for all of us. 

In addition to its nutrients, tahini adds to this soup an exceptional taste and the most beautiful creamy texture you could ever try in velvet soup. As a result, you can add tahini to a soup if you are after a creamier taste. 

Greek tahini soup is the best solution for something very nutritious, especially during fasting and abstinence from meat and dairy products. Tahini is low in calories but high in fiber, protein, and several vitamins and minerals making it a healthy ingredient. 

Tahinosoupa is also great if you are a vegan or fasting. For this reason, it falls under the "sarakostiana" dishes and is a popular soup during the Great Lent. 

In Greek folklore, Lent is represented by the figure of the lady Lent. Lady-Lent, made of cardboard or dough, is a woman without a mouth as she must not eat and speak. Her eyes are closed to see her soul and her hands are folded so she can pray. She has 7 legs, the same number as the Saturdays of Lent. This way Greeks count the time until the great Easter. Every Saturday, they cut off one of her legs. The last leg that is cut off on Holy Saturday is wrapped in a dry fig or plum, mixed with other dry figs or plums and whoever finds it brings him good luck!

For this tahini soup, you need the following ingredients: water, parboiled rice, tahini, lemon juice, tomato paste, and salt. As this recipe comes directly from Mount Athos, you don't need olive oil as an ingredient. Mount Athos is an important center of Eastern Orthodox monasticism in northeastern Greece. During the Great Lent, this tahini soup with rice is one of the most popular ones as the monks do not eat olive oil during this period. 

This tahinosoupa recipe is prepared in just 30 minutes. 

Tahinosoupa: A Greek Tahini Soup

Tahinosoupa - Ingredients

  • 2 lt of water, plus 125 ml of cold water 
  • 250 g of parboiled rice
  • 170 g of tahini  
  • 6 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice 
  • 1 teaspoon of tomato paste
  • Salt to taste 

Tahinosoupa - How to Make

  1. Start this Greek tahini soup by bringing 2 liters of salted water to a boil. Add the rice. 
  2. Cook, covered, for 20 minutes. 
  3. While the rice is cooking, mix the tahini in a bowl with 125 ml of cold water. 
  4. Add the lemon juice and mix well. 
  5. Slowly add 1 or 2 full ladles of rice water to the tahini mixture. 
  6. Remove rice from the heat and pour all the tahini mixture into it. 
  7. Add optional tomato paste, stir, and serve.
I always like to eat my tahinosoupa with some croutons. To complete this vegan experience, serve this with a piece of hortopita. Enjoy!