Sesame is one of the four major oil crops in China and could arguable be the most popular. As the sesame seed contains up to 61% oil, the amounts of products made using sesame oil is large and varied.
Since Ancient Times, sesame and sesame oil have been transformed into many famous foods and delicacies that have become known throughout the world.
Sesame is a favored condiment in China. Rich in protein, amino acids, and vitamins and minerals, sesame is can be a very healthy additional to one’s diet. The amount of calcium in sesame is much higher than that of vegetables and beans. Similar as consuming shrimp skins, regular consumption of sesame promotes strong bone and teeth development.
Sesame paste is reported to contain more iron than pig liver and is several times higher in iron than eggs. Regular consumption not only has a positive effect on reduction of anorexia, but also reverses and prevents Iron deficiency anemia.
Sesame paste is also rich in lecithin which can prevent premature hair whitening or hair loss. The high oil content in sesame seeds can have a natural but easy laxative effect as well as increase skin elasticity for soft, healthy skin. For your taste buds, sesame paste is also one of the ingredients in the favored Chinese hot pot.
A good sesame paste can play a role in improving the taste of almost any dish.
As you can see, sesame is very good for your body – inside and out!
Today’s sesame paste, will be made with a mixture of sesame seeds, walnuts and peanuts to add depth and variety to the flavor.
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- 100 grams of cooked white sesame seed
- 50 grams of peanuts
- 50 grams of walnuts
- 80 to 100 grams of edible cooking oil
How to make Sesame Paste
White sesame seeds preparation:
1. Place cooked white sesame seeds in a microwaveable dish. Heat for 20-30 seconds, heating up the sesame seeds.
2. Spread the warm sesame seeds out onto a chopping board. Then use a rolling pin to crush the sesame seeds into a granular consistency.
3.Place the ground sesame seeds into a food processor container.
Peanut and walnut kernel preparation:
1. Wash and rinse peanuts and walnut kernels in cold water.
2. Pat the peanuts and walnuts dry of any moisture.
3. Place dried peanuts and walnuts in a microwaveable dish. Heat for 2 minutes until cooked.
4. Spread the cooked peanuts and walnuts out onto a chopping board. Separate the peanuts from the walnuts.
5. Use a rolling pin to crush each nut grouping into a granular consistency.
6. Placed the ground peanuts and walnuts into the food processor container on top of the ground sesame seeds.
7. Place the lid onto the food processor container and place filled container onto the main processing unit. Turn on food processor.
8.Process the ingredients in the container into a fine powder consistency.
Sesame Paste Preparation:
1. Place 90 grams of edible cooking oil into a microwave dish.
2. Heat oil on high for 2 minutes.
3. Remove the bowl from the microwave and pour in ground nut and seed powder.
4. Stir the powder and oil with chopsticks until the powder completely dissolves.
5. Place the bowl back into the microwave. Heat on high for 30 seconds.
6. Once bowl is removed the second time, a layer of foam will have developed on the mixture surface. Stir thoroughly but gently again with the chopsticks to dissolve the foam and lower the oil temperature.
7. Place the bowl in the microwave a third time. Heat on high for 30 seconds.
8. Once bowl is removed the third time, a layer of foam will have developed on the mixture surface. Stir thoroughly but gently again with the chopsticks to dissolve the foam and lower the oil temperature.
9. Repeat Steps 7 and 8 for a total cooking time between 2 and 3 minutes until the powder becomes a light golden-brown color.
1. If you are using raw white sesame seeds, you must first clean, fry and then use a rolling pin to crush the sesame seeds.
2. The ingredient quantities of the peanuts, walnuts and sesame seeds can be changed according to personal preferences. You may wish to try this recipe first with more peanuts than walnuts and sesame seeds, then with more walnuts than peanuts and sesame seeds until you find your preference.
3. No matter which nut or seed dominates the recipe, the other two lesser quantity ingredients are included to improve that dominating flavor. Even though all ingredients are crushed and then ground into a powder, the dominate ingredient flavor will be the strongest.
4. When using the food processor to ground the nut and seed mixture, utilize the pulse setting to avoid overheating the food processor.
5. The finer the consistency of the nut and seed powder, the richer the aroma of the finished sesame sauce.
6. The amount of edible oil is generally equal to the amount of the nut and seed powder – edible oil: powder should be a 1:1 ratio. However, to ensure a successful and balanced sauce, you can first pour less edible oil into the bowl for the initial oil-only heating step. After adding the nut and seed powder, add more edible oil as appropriate to equalize.
7. The edible oil is microwaved independently first then the nut and seed powder is added to entice a strong, full aroma from all ingredients.
8. When heating in the microwave, the powder and oil mixture will overflow the bowl due to high temperature expansion. Therefore, it is necessary to divide the cooking into smaller time segments and stir the mixture in between each heating to lower the temperature before heating again.
9. The time taken for the entire heating process depends on the specific circumstances. It should be increased or decreased according to the power of your own microwave oven.
10. Heat until the ingredients turn into light golden-brown color. Do not overheat or the sauce will produce a burnt smell.
This homemade sesame sauce version has the addition of peanuts and walnuts producing a mellow taste and fragrance. However, the addition of the nuts does create a calorie count and fat content that is relatively high. Consuming in small quantities is advised.