All posts filed under: Seeds

Sesame Honey Ladoos (Balls)

Remember the sesame brittle candies wrapped in clear twisted plastic..often found at the check-out counter? These sesame honey balls from Divya Alter’s cookbook, What to Eat for How You Feel remind me of them. But without the sticky fingers and teeth. Since the beginning of winter, I’ve been wanting to make sesame “candies” from scratch. They’re the perfect, nourishing winter treat. Rich in immunity-boosting nutrients, healthy fat, anti-oxidants, and minerals. With a warming energy to balance with the cold season. Sometimes, it’s hard to wrap my mind around how a yummy “candy” can also be nutritious. Traditionally, sesame “candies” are made in the cold season. Often in the form of a laddu (ball) or as brittle (I love the diamond-shaped versions). Instead of honey or refined sugarcane, South Asian recipes most often call for jaggery, an unrefined sweetener that comes from sugarcane. It’s often given to kids melted on a chapati with ghee for their iron and mineral content.  A snack after my own heart. Jaggery is also used in nuts and seeds based spiced treats made specifically for women, post childbirth. …

Nourish the Body & Mind, Sesame Love

You say sesame seeds, and I say my nana (maternal grandfather) and his blazer pocket.  The three are forever synonymous in my mind.  They go together like sesame seeds melded together with honey— remember the little rectangular “candies” wrapped in rice paper and twisted in clear plastic. They were always stashed in my Nana’s navy blazer. Each one slightly tacky and perfectly gooey from traveling on his day-long adventures. Even into my adult years, out came the little one bite wonders from his navy blazer. The treat never grew old. Just gooier and gooier between my teeth. When I formally started studying Ayurveda, sesame seeds took on a whole new light. What was once associated with “Nana candy”, was now seen as nourishing and detoxifying food for the body and mind. In class, if we weren’t talking about how to cook with them we were talking about using their oil in treatments for the skin, mouth, throat, nose, and ears. I quickly learned how revered these tiny seeds were in Ayurveda. Touted for their not only for their …

Gingery, Lemony & Roasted Sesame Cabbage Salad

About 15 years ago, my friend Shenaaz introduced me to this cabbage salad recipe and its been on my life menu ever since. I love food that is simple, easy, healthy and flavorful! Every bite has a blend of tangy, slightly spicy, and roasted goodness that adds a nice warmth to the cold energy of cabbage. Growing up, a cabbage salad of a different sort was on the daily menu. My mom loved it and so did I. The crunch, crunch is so satisfying and the perfect complement to a simple meal like, daal chawal (lentil soup & rice). When Shenaaz made the non-ginger version of this salad for me, I was really happy to have another delicious variation of cabbage salad to choose from. Being a ginger lover,  I added grated ginger to the dressing as a digestive aide to prevent the common side effects that are associate with cabbage—you know what I am referring to right?! And for the record, the ginger has served me well. To mix it up every once in a while, I have added steamed …