Tahini (Arabic tahina) or sesame paste is a paste of ground sesame seeds used in cooking. North African/West Asian tahini is made of hulled, lightly roasted seeds. East Asian sesame paste is made of unhulled seeds. So that explains the brown colour of my tahini.
Tahini is a major component of hummus and other Middle Eastern foods. It is sold fresh or dehydrated.
Sesame paste is an ingredient in some Chinese, Korean, and Japanese dishes; it is used in some versions of the Szechuan dish Dan dan noodles. Because East Asian sesame paste is made from unhulled seeds, it is more bitter than tahini.
I have added honey to my tahini, so it can be used as a spread on toast, or as a sandwhich for kids. Sweet tahini can be used as you would use peanut butter.
unhulled sesame seeds
Health Benefits of Sesame
- very good source of manganese and copper,
- good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc and dietary fiber.
Sesame contains two unique substances: sesamin and sesamolin. Both of these substances belong to a group of special beneficial fibers called lignans, which-
- have a cholesterol-lowering effect
- prevents high blood pressure
- Sesamin has also been found to protect the liver from oxidative damage.
1 cup unhulled sesame seeds
honey to sweeten(optional)
- Microwave or toast the seeds for 30 seconds.
- Add oil and pulse till you get a paste.
- Add honey to sweeten.
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