Culinary uses of Sesame seeds (til)
Sesame seeds have delicate nutty flavor. Their flavor indeed becomes more pronounced once they are gently roasted under low flame just for few minutes.
-Use it as the traditional seasoning to enrich the taste of your food.
-Sesame seeds add a great touch to steamed broccoli that has been sprinkled with lemon juice.
-You could make a paste of sesame seeds, add crushed garlic, lime juice and salt and use it as a dip for raw vegetables.
– Grind the seeds fresh shortly before using them.
-Sprinkle whole or ground seeds over cereals, vegetable dishes, salads or fruit.
– Can be added to parathas
-Also in Tamil Nadu, ‘Milakai Podi’, a ground powder made of sesame and dry chili is used to enhance flavor and consumed along with other traditional foods such as idli.
-Dry fried sesame seeds ground to a thin light brown color paste known as tahini. Tahini is one of the main ingredient in famous middle-eastern dip, hummus.
-Dry fried seeds sprinkled over toasts, biscuits, breads, cakes, salads, stir fries etc.
Just a hand full of sesame a day provides enough recommended levels of phenolic anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins and protein.
Go ahead enjoy sankranti with til ladoo, til gajjaks, til chikki…..just control the portion size and have it in the earlier part of the day!