Badam Kesar Kulfi

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Badam Kesar Kulfi

Origin of kulfi

The world ‘Kulfi’ derived from Hindi language and is said to be a synonym for the word ‘ice’, coined by the residents of the Himalayan region. The word is spelled as ‘qulfi’ in Persian, meaning ‘covered cup’.

Hi Friends! one of the greatest Indian desserts is Kulfi. Kulfi is a traditional ice-cream made with boiled milk, sugar, Saffron, almonds and is available in many flavors. Summers can never be fun without kulfis and ice creams. Here is a summer bonanza for you all! Absolutely yummy, easy to make at home Kulfi !!!

Kulfi is a frozen, milk based dessert, colloquially known as the Indian ice cream. The kulfi is not churned, and the texture is to be dense and thick.

Prep Time : 10 minutes

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Dessert

Cook time : 2 hours

Serve : 6

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Ingredients :

  • liter Milk, full cream
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Corn flour
  • 1/2 Cup ground Almonds
  • 1/4 tsp Saffron/kesar powdered
  • 1/2 cup sugar/ or as per taste increase

Method:

Step 1.

In a heavy bottom pan heat the milk. When the milk begins to boil, reduce the heat and stirring intermittently simmer, till the milk is reduced by half.

Step 2.

Take 1/2 cup cold milk and add corn flour to it. Mix well into a lump free mixture.

Step 3.

Add the corn flour-milk mixture, to the boiling milk, mix well (step.1).

Step 4.

Add sugar, saffron, almond powder to the above mixture. Cook for two to three minutes, stirring continuously. Switch off the stove and let the mixture cool to room temperature.

Step 5.

Pour the mixture into individual kulfi moulds and place them in the freezer to set.

Step6.

In Approximately three hours, when well set, take the kulfi out of the mould and serve immediately.

 Health Benefits of Almonds:

  1. They reduce heart attack risk.
  2. They lower “bad” cholesterol. Almonds added to the diet have a favorable effect on blood cholesterol levels.
  3. They protects artery walls from damage.It was found that the flavonoids in almond skins work in synergy with the vitamin E, thus reducing the risk of heart disease.
  4. Almonds help build strong bones and teeth.The phosphorus in almonds helps make this possible.
  5. They provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss.
  6. Almonds lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals.
  7. They help provide good brain function.Almonds contain riboflavin and L-carnitine, nutrients that boost brain activity and may also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
  8. They nourish the nervous system.According to Ayurveda, almonds help increase high intellectual level and longevity.
  9. They alkalize the body. Almonds are the only nut and one of the few proteins that are alkaline forming.  When your body is not alkaline enough, you risk osteoporosis, poor immune function, low energy and weight gain.

Ref.http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8-health-benefits-of-almonds-king-of-nuts.html

Health Benefits of Saffron:

Healing Benefits of Saffron

The benefits and medicinal properties of this highly priced spice, make it a valuable culinary ingredient worldwide. Modern research suggests that saffron can be used as an aphrodisiac, diaphoretic [to cause sweating], carminative [ to prevent gas] and to bring on mensuration. Some other benefits are mentioned hereunder:

1. Protects against cancer: Saffron contains a dark orange, water soluble carotene called crocin, which is responsible for much of saffron’s golden color. Crocin has been found to trigger apoptosis [ programmed cell death] in a number of different types of human cancer cells, leukemia, ovarian carcinoma, colon adenocarcinoma, and soft tissue sarcoma.
2. Promotes learning and memory retention: Recent studies have also demonstrated that saffron extract, specifically its crocin, is useful in the treatment of age related mental impairment. In Japan, saffron is encapsulated and used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, memory loss and inflammation.

3. In patchy baldness: Saffron mixed in liquorice and milk makes an effective topical application to induce hair growth in alopecia.

4. Protection against cold: Saffron is a stimulant tonic and very effective to treat cold and fever; saffron mixed in milk and applied over the forehead quickly relieves cold.
5. Food Additives: Saffron is an excellent replacement for synthetic food additives- for eg: instead of FD and C yellow no 5: a synthetic food coloring agent that is a very common allergy trigger, Saffron’s glorious yellow could be an acceptable hypoallergenic choice.

Ref. http://food.ndtv.com/health/7-health-benefits-of-saffron-the-priceless-spice-1263525

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Urad Dal Pinni

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Urad Dal Pinnies

Different names of Urad Dal
 Black Gram- English
Urad dhuli, Urad chilka, Urad sabut , Urad saboot,Kali dal -Hindi
Ulundu Paruppu – Tamil
Minappappu – Telugu
Uzhunnu Parrippu – Malayalam

Hi Friends! Urad Dal Pinnies are winter treats. Urad dal, also known as white lentil or black lentil is a kind of bean from Indian dals and mostly used in Southern part of Asia. Urad dal is used as a major ingredient in Indian cuisine for preparing a healthy diet. Urad dal has protein, fat, and carbohydrates which is required by the body. This dal is one of the richest sources of proteins and Vitamin B.

Cuisine: India, North Indian

Prep time:  15 minutes

Cook time:  45 minutes

Makes: 20 pinnies

Ingredients:

  • 1 tea cup Urad dal / black gram husked
  • 50 gms. Semolina
  • 1 1/4 tea cup Sugar
  • 200 gms Khoa/Mawa
  • 1 Tea cup clarified butter/Ghee
  • 6 Cardamom s, powder ed
  • 2 tbsp Tragacanth gum or Gond katira
  • 15 Cashew nuts, slivered
  • 15 Almonds , slivered

Method:

Step 1.

Clean and wash the Urad dal / black gram husked well. Soak the dal /lentil in water over night or at least 3-4 hours.

Step 2.         

 In a blender take the soaked dal ,with very little water grind it into a fine paste. Remove the ground dal to a bowl.

Step 3.

In a bowl cut the cashews, almonds into tiny pieces. Keep aside.

Step 4.

In a pan heat some clarified butter /ghee, add semolina and fry it for a minute. Add ground urad dal to the pan and fry the mixture, stirring constantly on medium flame until it gets golden brown in color, clarified butter /ghee starts separating from it. Remove the fried Dal mix in a bowl.

Step 5.

using a grater , grate the khoya / mawa.  Take a pan and on medium flame, stirring constantly cook it till it gets light golden brown in color. Remove into a bowl and keep aside.

Step 6.

In a pan heat two table spoons clarified butter/ ghee and when the ghee is hot, add the Tragacanth gum or Gond katira into it and fry on low flame stirring constantly. Fry until Tragacanth gum or Gond katira, puffs up and gets little brown in color. Take out the fried Tragacanth gum or Gond katira in a bowl. Allow it to cool to room temperature and powder it coarsely in a mortar. Keep aside.

Step 7.

Now fry the cut cashew and almonds in rest of the ghee until they get little golden brown in color. Allow it to cool and keep aside.

Step 8.

In a pan take sugar and add 2/3 cup of water , cook sugar will dissolve. Cook  the syrup to a thick consistency for 3-4 minutes. To check if syrup is ready, take a drop of syrup in a bowl, take it between your thumb and finger and stretch apart. It should 1 long thread and is thick in texture. The syrup is ready. Switch off the stove, sugar syrup is ready.

 Step 9.

 When the syrup is slightly cool, add fried dal , roasted cashews, almonds and Tragacanth gum or Gond katira podered and then fried khoa/ mawa, powdered cardamom and mix all the ingredients well.

 Step 10.

When he mixture cools down a little, or when it can be handle with hands, for making pinnies . Take a small portion of the mixture, and roll into round shape one by one and  start placing  the pinnies on a tray prepare pinnies from rest of the mixture. Now press these ladoos in a rectangular or any other desired shape. Garnish each pinnie with slivered almonds .Serve this delicious urad dal pinni this winter after dinner!

Note:

Cool and store pinnies in an airtight container for up to a month.

Health Benefits of Urad Dal:

1.Energy Booster
Black gram is a healthy pulse as it is rich in iron content. This helps boost the energy levels in the body and keeps you active.
 2.Protein rich
 Urad Dal is good source of protein in vegetarian diet. This makes these beans an inexpensive, economical and tasty protein source. 3.Anti inflammatory properties
 Urad dal  has anti inflammatory properties. Usually a hot poultice of black gram is used in inflammation of joints and muscle pain.
4.Anti-Aging
 Urad dal also has various beauty benefits. Applying urad dal face packs is good for the skin as it prevents the formation of fine lines. Moreover, black gram also helps get a fair and flawless skin.
5.Improves Digestion
 The best benefit of ingesting urad dal is that it enhances digestion because of its rich fiber content. Urad dal benefits the health as it has both soluble and insoluble fiber which is good for digestion and also prevents constipation.
6.Boosts Heart Health
Aside from reducing cholesterol, black lentils also boost health. This advantage is linked to the rich magnesium and folate levels that prevent damage to the arterial walls. In addition, magnesium boosts cardiovascular health through increasing blood circulation.

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Shahi Tukda

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Shahi TukdaHi friends! Make this mouth watering , easy to make shahi  tukda with topping for your dessert menu today!What is Shahi TUKDA?

Shahi tukda is a simple and delicious recipe made from milk and bread. This is a delicious dessert that can be easily made at home.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Level of Cooking: Easy

Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the rabdi:

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup grated khoya/ condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 green cardamoms, finely powdered

For the shahi tukda:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Ghee, for deep frying
  • few saffron strands
  • 4 slices white bread
  • 1tbsp slivered Almonds

Method:

For the Topping:

Step 1.

Heat milk in a pan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and cook, stirring continuously, till it reduces to 1 cup.

Step 2.

Add grated khoya, sugar and cardamom powder and stir till sugar dissolves. The mixture will thicken on cooling.

For the shahi tukda:

Step 1.

Take the sugar with 2 cups water in a pan and cook over medium heat, stirring till sugar dissolves and cook till the syrup thickens. Switch off the stove and keep the syrup aside.

Step 2.

Trim the crust and cut each bread slice into four square shape with a knife. Heat clarified butter/ ghee in a pan and shallow-fry the bread pieces for about a minute, turn over and fry about a minute more or until golden brown and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper.  Dip in the sugar syrup and remove on a plate.

Step 3.

To serve, arrange the fried bread slices on a serving dish and spoon topping  over each piece. Sprinkle over with slivered almonds and serve.
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Sago pudding / Sabudana Kheer

sago kheer.JPGSago / tapioca pearls pudding / Sabudana Kheer

During Navratri Sago / tapioca pearls / Sabudana is a common food consumed, when one is fasting. Sago / tapioca pearls / Sabudana  is a starch extract of the cassava plant. But not only Indians use this root, it is used across the world, including countries like South America and Brazil, tapioca is one of the most widely sold plants all over the world.

Hi friends In Hindi sabudana , edible starch which is obtained from a palm and is a staple food in parts of the tropics. The pith inside the trunk is scraped out, washed, and dried to produce a flour or processed to produce the granular sago used in the West. It a sweet dish made from sago and milk. The palm from which most sago is obtained, growing in freshwater swamps in SE Asia.

Prep Time : 25 minutes

Cook time : 30-40 minutes

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Desserts

Level Of Cooking : easy

Serve : 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tea cup Sago soaked
  • 500 ml Milk
  • a tiny pinch Saffron /kesar
  • 2 tbsp Almonds, slivered
  • 1/2 tea cup Sugar
  • 6 Green cardamoms, powdered

Method

Step 1.

Soak the sago /Tapioca pearls / sabudana in water for 10 minutes.

Step 2.

In a non stick sauce pan boil milk with sugar and the saffron, reduce the heat and cook milk on low heat till it thickens a little. Add the sago /Tapioca pearls / sabudana after draining the water.

Step 3.

Cook on low flame, stirring intermittently, till the sago /Tapioca pearls / sabudana is well cooked. sago /Tapioca pearls / sabudana becomes swollen and semi-transparent.

Step 4.

Add green cardamom powder and mix. and let the kheer thicken a bit.

Step 5.

Garnish the kheer with slivered almonds, serve hot or chill.

Health benefits of sago /Tapioca pearls / sabudana

Helps muscle growth
If you’re a vegetarian looking for a healthy protein source, you can include tapioca in your diet. It contains large amounts of protein that can help muscle growth and strengthening, healing and other cellular function requiring proteins.

Improves bone health

Tapioca contains calcium, iron and vitamin K in abundance, which plays a very important role in maintaining bone health and improving flexibility. It also helps get rid of fatigue keeping you energised throughout the day.

Keeps blood pressure under control
Another great health benefit of tapioca is that it helps maintenance of blood pressure. The potassium content in tapioca improves blood circulation, which in turn, reduces the strain on your cardiovascular system.

Helps give your energy levels a boost 
Some of us often feel like we don’t have enough energy to keep ourselves going throughout the day. A great way to keep your batteries charged would be adding tapioca to your diet. Since tapioca is full of carbohydrates, it is a quick and healthy way to give your flailing energy reserves a boost.

Helps you gain weight
If you want to gain weight, then tapioca is exactly what you need. Packed with carbohydrates, this root makes weight-gain quick and easy. A perfect supplement for people suffering from eating disorders or those who want to gain weight, tapioca is cheap, easy to cook and definitely more healthy than artificial supplements.

Prevents birth defects
Tapioca contains folic acid and vitamin B complex which help in the proper formation of a foetus, protecting it against common birth defects like neural tube defect.

Improves digestion
Tapioca can give your digestive system a boost too. Known to help resolve common digestive disorders like constipation, indigestion, bloating and flatulence, tapioca also helps keep a check on your cholesterol levels, helping you stay healthy.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/diseases-conditions/7-health-benefits-of-sabudana-or-tapioca/

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Til/sesame Gud laddoos

til_laddooTil/sesame Gud laddoos

Hi friends ! WORK harder, EAT better , RUN faster , Feel stronger. Sesame seeds are very beneficial for health, generally they are overlooked, but they include the ability to prevent diabetes, lower blood pressure, among  a wide variety of  other benefits !Sesame seeds / Til combined with Gud / jaggery a natural sweetener and full of nutrients is a delicious winter bonanza.

Makar Sankranti, also known as Sankranti or Makara Sankrant, is one of the highly auspicious days in a Hindu calendar and the day is dedicated to the worship of Lord Surya (Sun God). In 2016, the date of Makar Sankranti is January 15.Wish you all a very happy Sankranti. This festival is Tilgul Til (sesame seeds) and gud(jaggery). Makar Sankranti is the day when the sun enters into the zodiac Capricorn or Makara. It is also known as Uttarayana Punyakalam and heralds the arrival of spring season. Lord Surya is worshipped on the Makar Sankranti day and is a form of Nature Worship. Makar Sankranti is observed throughout India by all communities but with slight variations in the festivities.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white sesame seeds / til
  • 1 tbsp Clarified butter
  • 1/4 cup roasted ground nuts, halved
  • 1/2 cup jaggery/ Gud, grated
  • 4 Green cardamoms, powdered
  • 1/4 cup water

Method:

Step 1.

In a heavy bottom pan / wok / griddle take the sesame seeds / Til, roast on a medium flame till they start popping and are light brown in colour. Switch off the stove. When roasted sesame seeds/ til cools, quick grind in the grinder will make a coarse powder. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Take the peanuts in a microwave safe bowl and roast for 60 seconds.

Step 3.

Heat grated jaggery / Gud with 1/4 cup water on medium flame, stirring continuously as jaggery/ gud gets burnt very easily.

Step 4.

To check if Jaggery / gud is cooked and ready, drop of hot jaggery/gud drop in a small plate with some water. If the jaggery sets like a drop without getting dissolved the required consistency is right. switch off the stove.

Step 5.
Now add the sesame seeds / til coarse powder, roasted and broken into halves peanuts, and cardamom powder and mix till well blended.

Step 6.

Divide the mixture in 12 equal portions on a non stick tray. Apply some ghee to your palms and make small (table tennis size) balls of the portions on the plate, taking care the mixture is sufficiently cool and handle able . If the mixture cools off fast while making the laddoos, then, heat the mixture a little again till it melts and repeat the procedure.

Health benefits of sesame seeds:

  • Flavorful, crunchy sesame seeds are widely considered healthy foods. 100 g of seeds carry 573 calories. Although, much of its calorie comes from fats, sesame contains several notable health-benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for wellness.
  • The seeds are especially rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acid, oleic acid, which comprises up to 50% fatty acids in them. Oleic acid helps lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increases HDL or “good cholesterol” in the blood. Research studies suggest that Mediterranean diet which is rich in mono-unsaturated fats help prevent coronary artery disease, and stroke by favoring healthy lipid profile.
  • The seeds are also very valuable sources of dietary protein with fine quality amino acids that are essential for growth, especially in children. Just 100 g of seeds provide about 18 g of protein (32% of daily-recommended values).
  • In addition, sesame seeds contain many health benefiting compounds such as sesamol (3, 4-methylene-dioxyphenol), sesaminol, furyl-methanthiol, guajacol (2-methoxyphenol), phenylethanthiol and furaneol, vinylguacol, and decadienal. Sesamol and sesaminol are phenolic anti-oxidants. Together, these compounds help stave off harmful free radicals from the human body.
  • Sesame is among the seeds rich in quality vitamins, and minerals. They are very good sources of B-complex vitamins such as niacin, folic acid, thiamin (vitamin B1), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), and riboflavin.
  • 100 g of sesame contains 97 µg of folic acid, about 25% of recommended daily intake. Folic acid is essential for DNA synthesis. When given to expectant mothers during their peri-conception period, it may prevent neural tube defects in the newborns.
  • Niacin is another B-complex vitamin found abundantly in sesame. About 4.5 mg or 28% of daily-required levels of niacin is provided by just 100 g of seeds. Niacin helps reduce LDL-cholesterol levels in the blood. In addition, it enhances GABA activity inside the brain, which in turn helps reduce anxiety and neurosis.
  • The seeds are incredibly rich sources of many essential minerals. Calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper are especially concentrated in sesame seeds. Many of these minerals have a vital role in bone mineralization, red blood cell production, enzyme synthesis, hormone production, as well as regulation of cardiac and skeletal muscle activities.

Just a hand full of sesame a day provides enough recommended levels of phenolic anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins and protein.

 Ref. http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/sesame-seeds.html

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Kheer/Indian rice pudding

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Kheer native names Payasam, payasa, ksheeram, fereni

Place of Origin: South Asia

Region or State: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal , Banladesh

Kheer is a South Asian rice pudding made by boiling rice, broken wheat, tapioca, or vermicelli, Samwat ke chawal with milk and sugar; it is flavored with cardamom, raisins, saffron, cashew nuts, pistachios or almonds. It is typically served during a meal or as a dessert. It is also known in some regions as payasam, payasa, gil-e-firdaus and fereni. Kheer made from this special kind of rice called Samwat ke chawal / parsai ke chawal ke kheer, is very delicious and easy to make.

Hi friends! There is a long list of the special kind of food which can be consumed during the winter season. Here is a simple and delicious recipe of creamy rice pudding /Indian pudding / Rice Kheer delicately flavored with saffron, cardamom, and almonds. This can be enjoyed with Semolina pancakes /Malpuas to satisfy your sweet tooth .

Prep Time : 30 minutes

Cook time : 45 minutes approx.

Serve : 6

Level Of Cooking : Medium

Cuisine: Indian

Course: Desserts

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup uncooked long-grain rice (usually basmati)
  • 1 1/4 liter Milk toned
  • 4tbsp slivered Almonds
  • 2/3 cup Sugar
  • 6 Green cardamoms, powdered
  • 1/2 tsp Saffron

Method:

Step 1.

Wash chawal /rice well and soak in water for 1/2 an hour.

Step 2.

Take milk in a deep heavy bottom pan and bring to boil on high flame. Add drained chawal / rice to the milk and lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally.

Step 3.

Cook till the  chawal /rice is fully cooked and the milk has reduced to approximately half.

Step 4.

Add sugar, saffron and keep cooking till the sugar has fully dissolved.

Step 5.

Add slivered almonds and cardamom powder and cook for another ten minutes. The kheer should be thick but of dripping consistency.

Step 6.

Kheer is ready to serve, garnish with slivered almonds and serve hot or chilled as per liking.

Note:

During summer Kheer / indian pudding can be cooled and kept in the refrigerator until it is time to serve.

 

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Sesame Delicacy / Til Laddoos

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Sesame seeds add a nutty taste and a delicate, almost invisible, crunch to many Asian dishes. They are also the main ingredients in tahini (sesame seed paste) and the wonderful Middle Eastern sweet call halvah. They are available throughout the year.Sesame seeds may be the oldest condiment known to man. They are highly valued for their oil which is exceptionally resistant to rancidity. “Open sesame”—the famous phrase from the Arabian Nights—reflects the distinguishing feature of the sesame seed pod, which bursts open when it reaches maturity. The scientific name for sesame seeds is Sesamun indicum.

Sesame Delicacy / Til Khoya Ladoo

Hi friends ! Here is another recipe for the winter season. Specialty of this recipe is total success to even a first time cook too ! Winter is the season to have Sesame seeds laddoos or other sweets made of sesame seeds. They are scrumptious and give body warmth during cold season.

Preparation time : 5 minutes

Cooking time : 10 minutes

Level of cooking : Easy

Cuisine : Indian

Category : Indian Desserts

Makes : 15 Laddoos

Ingredients :

  • 1 1/2 cup white Sesame seeds (Til)
  • 2 cup Khoya /Mawa/ grated
  • 1/2 cup Sugar (as per taste 1/4 cup can be increased for sweeter taste)
  • 16-18 Almonds, finely powdered
  • 1 tbsp slivered almonds (for garnishing)
  • 3 Green Cardamoms

Method :

Step 1.

Clean sesame. Heat a heavy bottom pan / kadahi /wok and dry roast sesame till they turn light brown (Sesame are roasted very quickly, takes about five minutes). Cool and grind in a mixer. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Grind sugar finely in the mixer. Remove the skin of the cardamoms and grind the seeds.Keep aside.

Step 3.

Grind the almonds to a fine powder, keep aside.
Step 4.

In a pan , fry khoya for two minutes. Turn off the stove. (You can also use a microwave for the same).

Step 5.

Add ground sesame seeds, almonds to the fried khoya and mix well. To this mixture add ground cardamoms and sugar blend it well.The sesame laddoo mix is ready.

Step 6.

Make small table tennis ball size  laddoos from this mix. Garnish the laddoos with slivered almonds. Fresh delicious laddoos are ready to serve , they can be stored for 1-2 weeks.

Note:

  •  Wait for the Laddoo mixture to cool a bit, before making the laddoos.
  • For best results apply a little clarified butter on your palms before starting to make the laddoos .

How to Select and Store

Sesame seeds are generally available in prepackaged containers as well as bulk bins. Just as with any other food that you can purchase in the bulk section, make sure that the bins containing the sesame seeds are covered and that the store has a good product turnover to ensure maximal freshness.

Whether purchasing sesame seeds in bulk or in a packaged container, make sure there is no evidence of moisture. Additionally, since they have a high oil content and can become rancid, smell those in bulk bins to ensure that they smell fresh.

Unhulled sesame seeds can be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry, dark place. Once the seeds are hulled, they are more prone to rancidity, so they should then be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.

Health Benefits of Sesame seeds:

Not only are sesame seeds an excellent source of copper and a very good source of manganese, but they are also a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, molybdenum, selenium, and dietary fiber. In addition to these important nutrients, sesame seeds contain two unique substances: sesamin and sesamolin. Both of these substances belong to a group of special beneficial fibers called lignans, and have been shown to have a cholesterol-lowering effect in humans, and to prevent high blood pressure and increase vitamin E supplies in animals. Sesamin has also been found to protect the liver from oxidative damage.

Rich In Beneficial Minerals

Sesame seeds are an excellent source of copper, a very good source of manganese, and a good source of magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, molybdenum, and selenium.

How to Enjoy

A Few Quick Serving Ideas
  • Add sesame seeds into the batter the next time you make homemade bread, muffins or cookies.
  • Use the traditional macrobiotic seasoning, gomasio, to enliven your food. You can either purchase gomasio at a health food store or make your own by using a mortar and pestle. Simply mix together one part dry roasted sea salt with twelve parts dry roasted sesame seeds.
  • Sesame seeds add a great touch to steamed broccoli that has been sprinkled with lemon juice.
  • Spread tahini (sesame paste) on toasted bread and either drizzle with honey for a sweet treat or combine with miso for a savory snack.
  • Combine toasted sesame seeds with rice vinegar, soy sauce and crushed garlic and use as a dressing for salads, vegetables and noodles.
  • Ref.http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=84

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  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition,Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.