Health benefits of sesame seeds
Raw sesame seeds are one of my favorites because of few things- well first of all they’re tasty, cheap and usually easy to get. Their nutritional value is really good- they contain lots of protein and minerals like calcium (more than in milk! And you can easily make sesame milk from them at home), manganese, zinc (all necessary for healthy bones) and copper. They are rich in iron and magnesium and contain a lot of B-group vitamins.
You can buy hulled sesame seeds which are white and not raw, if you’re searching for raw version go for creamy/brownish (see images) or black not hulled sesame seeds. Have in mind that hulled sesame seeds don’t last so long as the whole seeds and usually are more bitter.
Sesame seed oil is said to be the best oil in Ayurveda and daily sesame oil self-massage is said to balance Vata. As I’m myself mainly Vata (if you’re new to Ayurvedic dosha system- google “dosha system”, it’s very interesting and knowing your type allows you to care better for your body) I tried this in practice with really positive results- massages with sesame oil balance the dry skin, calm the nervous system and increase the quality of sleep. This practice is especially good during the winter as sesame oil has heating effect. Sesame oil also makes a really good mask for hair- keep it through the night about once a week.
Home made sesame halva
This is again a really simplistic recipe for a healthy snack that you can always keep in your fridge. My husband loves original halva, which is full of sugar, so I try to have this at home as a healthier alternative :)
You will need:
450 ml (around two cups) raw, unhulled sesame seeds
a pinch of pink Himalayan salt
around 2 Tbsp raw honey (adjust according to your desired sweetness, 2 Tbsp are still not very sweet)
a 1/3 tsp of ground cardamon
1-2 Tbsp cacao/cocoa powder
Put the sesame seeds in dry high speed blender with no water. If you don’t have a high speed blender you can use a coffee grinder instead- then you will need to make more batches, but it will work as well. Blend/grind the seeds until it blends- after few seconds they tend to release oil and your blender simply gets stuck. Put the blended mass into a big bowl, add the honey, salt and cardamon powder, mix well. Taste and see if you need more sweetness or more salt (you should feel a subtle hint of saltiness). When you’re done with tasting check the consistency- if you take a piece of the mass and press between your fingers it should stick. Take a shallow plastic form and put the mass in it, use your fingers to press it to the bottom of the dish while you achieve about 1-1,5 cm thickness. Dust it with cocoa or raw cacao powder and again press the powder to the top using your fingers, splitting cocoa powder evenly through the whole surface. You’re done :) I usually put the halva to the fridge and eat it after few hours, it cuts easier after some cooling.
If you have any questions please let me know and if you tried this- leave a comment bellow :)
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