Sesame seeds probably originating in Africa. Sesame has been cultivated mainly for its seed and oil since ancient times in the Old World. The African word for sesame is benne. The word sesame is of Semitic origin, reaching the English language in the 15th century via Greek sesamon and Latin sesamum.
The sesame seed contains between 45% to 55% oil and is notable for its resistance to rancidity. These tiny seeds of the plant Sesamum indicum have been attributed with magical powers for creating mystical and exclusive dishes. These seeds were thought to have first originated in India and were mentioned in early Hindu legends.
In these legends, tales are told in which sesame seeds represent a symbol of immortality. From India, sesame seeds were introduced throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Sesame seeds were one of the first crops processed for oil as well as one of the earliest condiments.
The addition of sesame seeds to baked goods can be traced back to ancient Egyptian times from an ancient tomb painting that depicts a baker adding the seeds to bread dough. 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 are a very good source of the minerals, copper and manganese. They are also a good source of magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1 selenium, and zinc.
In addition, sesame seeds are a good source of both dietary fiber and monounsaturated fats. Tahini is a source of the healthy fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6. Tahini made from raw sesame seeds is lower in fat than tahini made from roasted seeds. It is said that sesame seed is one of the first recorded seasonings.
It grows widely in India and Asia. The sesame seeds are tiny and come in shades of shades of brown, red and black, but the most common color is a pale grayish-ivory. Sesame seeds have a nutty, sweet aroma with a milk-like, buttery taste.
They go well with breads, fish, lamb, noodles, tahini, chicken, chickpeas, eggplant etc. They are generally added to make thick and rich gravy based curries. Some of the popular dishes made with tahini are Samak Bil Tahini, Fish baked in sesame sauce, Til ka Laddu etc.Listed below are other popular dishes made using sesame or til seeds:
Hummus Hummus is a Middle Eastern and Arabic food dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic.
Hyderabadi Till ka khatta for khichdi Till ka khatta is made of till called (sesame seeda) it a sour kind of preperation especially made in hyderabad which goes with kichidi.
Sesame seeds Chutney Til Ki Chutney Sesame seed chutney is another speciality of Hyderabad and goes very well with south Indian tiffin items.
Sesame seed Rice Til Rice Sesame seed rice or Til rice is amazing rice preparation. Rice added to a flavourful spicy sesame seeds and spices.
Tahini Sauce Tahini sauce is a popular sauce/ dressing used in lebanese cuisine made using sesame seeds. This sauce is made with a mix of sesame seeds, garlic, salt and olive oil that is nicely blended and used as a topping on many non-vegetarian dishes. Serve with some great falafel, shawarma or rotis.
Stir Fried Sesame Potato Beans Looking for a different treatment for garden-fresh green beans .Try this stir-fried side dish. It's nicely seasoned with spices and we can have it with chapati, rotis.
Bottle gourd curry with sesame seeds Bottle gourd curry with sesame seeds is a very healthy, delicious, good low fat and nutritious recipe sesame seeds are rich in Iron they taste excellent with bottle gourd and also call this dish as “kaddu til ka salan” In India.
Green Beans with Sesame Seed Masala This is a very simple recipe and can be prepared at easy & has a nutty finish with sesame.
Sesame Kadai Mix Vegetable Curry Sesame Kadai veg cooked in a spicy tomato based gravy with kadai masala and topped with some sesame seeds. This sabji can be served with roti or rice.
Eggplant with Sesame seeds Eggplant and sesame seeds is a wonderful dish made with long sized variety of eggplant or brinjals, stir fried with delicate aromatic Indian spices and finally topped with some roasted and crushed sesame seeds to give an excellent texture and taste to this dish.
Baingan ka salan This is another excellent variation of eggplant or brinjal curry made with sesame seeds and other spices mixed together a make a spicy and tangy gravy.
Bharli Vangi Stuffed Baby Eggplants Traditional Maharashtrian curry popularly known as Bharli Vangi or "Stuffed Eggplant" is an exotic dish made with baby eggplants/ brinjals stuffed with spicy masala sweet and tangy gravy.
Hyderabadi Mirchi Ka Salan Mirchi ka salan is a hyderabadi delicacy which is generally made as an accompaniment for Biryani and can also be had with rotis and rice too.
Tomato Ka Salan Tomato ka salan is also known as Dum ka Tamatar which goes very well with pulaos. Whole tomatoes are cooked in amazing peanut-sesame seeds gravy flavored with some fresh herbs, spices and tanginess from the tamarind juice. It’s exotic gravy and taste is truly flavorful and aromatic.
Basic Mother Gravy Dahi Ka Salan This is the variation of salan gravy with addition of curd in the salan gravy.
Restaurant Biryani Gravy Onion Salan Onions usually play an important role in every curry base. Try out this wonderful onion salan basically salan is common thing which serves with biryani but this onion salan that will go with rice, roast, kebabs and other dishes of your choice.
Do try these delectable and appetizing dishes made with sesame seeds.
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