Pickled Mango Tahini

This tart, savory, easy vegan waffle topping recipe uses lemony sumac and amba, a pickled mango condiment. It was inspired by a local Iraqi restaurant. The flavors reminded me of the tasty dishes a good friend’s mom, of Middle Eastern descent, whipped up for us during past visits. Spoon atop your favorite Belgian waffles, or just dip them into it, and enjoy!

Pickled Mango Tahini Vegan Waffle Topping
Pickled Mango Tahini Vegan Waffle Topping, on Naked Vegan Waffles

The topping is pictured with two varieties of Naked Vegan Waffles–the original version, and a version with a bit of molasses and additional water, per the notes in that recipe.

This waffle and topping combination would make a nice food spread for a movie gathering, or other informal get-together. It would also make a great addition to a waffle bar, where your guests serve themselves a range of toppings.

Bottle of Pickled Mango (Amba)
Bottle of Pickled Mango (Amba)

And once you have a bottle of amba in your pantry, it may inspire other creative culinary endeavors. It’s hard to get too much mango.


Pickled Mango Tahini

Dave W.
This savory vegan waffle topping recipe is inspired by a Middle Eastern chickpea dish. It has a rich, somewhat tangy, intense flavor. You can spread it on waffles, or dip them into it like you would dip chips in hummus. Makes 1 1/2 cups.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 4 people


  • 1/2 cup sesame tahini
  • 1/2 cup sliced pickled mango (amba)
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/4 cup agave syrup (or maple syrup or similar preferred sweetener)
  • dash ground sumac (optional)


  • Combine all ingredients in the food processor or blender. Process until mango pieces are chopped up very finely, or until mixture is completely smooth, depending upon your preference.
  • Serve in a bowl for dipping or spreading, with a dusting of ground sumac on top.


If you'd like the flavor to be a bit more intense, add 1 to 2 more tablespoons of pickled mango.
If, on the other hand, it's a bit too tart for you, add 1 to 2 more tablespoons of agave nectar, maple syrup, or other preferred sweetener.
If you can't find sumac spice, you can use a bit of paprika for a similar aesthetic effect, even though it doesn't have the tartness of sumac.
Keyword mango, tahini, topping


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