It’s Good to Eat!

10/29/2013 1:08:51 PM
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Sesame seeds are used in both Western and Eastern cuisine. It is either used whole, or as a paste, and suits both sweet and savoury dishes.
"The seeds, sprinkled on breads, buns, cookies and even cakes, give these baked goodies a rich, nutty flavour and a nice crunch as well."
In Japan too, the seeds are sprinkled on sushi, gomashio and salads, while in China it is used in dim sums and sesame seed balls. Sesame is used liberally in Vietnamese & Korean cooking as well. Elsewhere in the world too sesame seeds are important cooking ingredients. In Africa, it is used in soups and chutneys.
The famous Tahini of the Arab cuisine is made of ground sesame seeds, and the Tahini itself is one of the main ingredients of the hummus served with kubbus as a rich dip. The seeds are also ground and used in confectioneries like the halva.
Most Indian kitchens stock sesame seeds as they are used in a variety of ways in everyday cooking as well as in cooking for special occasions. They are used in salads in the north eastern States, and in Rajasthan, the til-patti is a delicacy made of sesame seeds bound by a wafer-thin layer of sugar syrup. It is the main ingredient in the highly nutritious sesame seed balls called Ellunda, Yellundai or Tilgul in Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and elsewhere. These are made with jaggery or sugar syrup.

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