Sesame Seed Powder Recipe

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Embark on a flavorful journey with my sesame seed powder recipe, a delightful blend of white sesame seeds, aromatic dry red chilies, and nutty cumin seeds.

This step-by-step guide ensures you master the art of creating a versatile powder that adds a unique touch to your culinary creations.

Join me to explore the rich notes and easy techniques behind this homemade treasure, elevating your culinary dishes to new heights of taste and texture.

Sesame Seed Powder

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Sesame seed powder combines white sesame seeds, dry red chilies, and cumin seeds, creating a versatile blend with a unique flavor profile.
  • Follow the detailed step-by-step guide to master the art of making sesame seed powder, ensuring a perfect balance of taste and texture.
  • Implement expert tips, such as gentle roasting and controlled grinding, to enhance the quality and consistency of your homemade sesame seed powder.
  • Preserve the powder’s freshness by storing it in a cool, dry place in an airtight container, ensuring a longer shelf life.
  • Explore diverse culinary possibilities, from salads to marinades, and discover how sesame seed powder can elevate the flavor of a wide range of dishes.

How to Make Sesame Seed Powder? (Step by Step Guide with Images)

Step 1: Take a wok or a frying pan. Heat it on a low flame on your gas stove. When it is hot enough, put 2.5 cups of white sesame seeds in it.

2.5 cups of white sesame seeds

Step 2: Stir the content continuously to dry roast them until the white seeds turn slightly golden-brown in color.

Stir the content continuously

(Expert tip: Make sure that you keep the flame low. This will prevent over-roasting of the sesame seeds or getting burnt. In that case, it will affect the taste, color, and flavor of the powder eventually).

Step 3: Transfer the roasted sesame seeds from the hot wok to a plate and set it aside for some time so that the seeds cool off completely at room temperature.

Transferred the roasted sesame seeds from the hot wok to a plate

(Expert tip: Transfer the seeds immediately. This will stop the cooking process. You may spread the seeds evenly on the plate. This will expedite the cooling process).

Step 4: While the sesame seeds cool off, in the meantime, put 5 to 6 pieces of dry red chilies without their stem in the wok. Stir them continuously to prevent them from getting burnt until you can smell the aroma of roasted dry red chilies. When done, transfer them to a separate plate and let it cool.

Roasted dry red chilies

Step 5: Now, in the hot wok, put 2 tbsp of cumin seeds and dry roast them nicely until they become slightly brown in color.

2 tbsp of cumin seeds

Step 6: When done, transfer the roasted cumin seeds to a separate plate alongside the roasted dry red chilies. Let it cool down completely at room temperature as well. dry red chilies and cumin seeds

Step 7: When the ingredients have cooled down completely, take a clean and dry grinder and transfer the roasted dry red chilies and cumin seeds to it first.

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Transferred the roasted dry red chilies and cumin seeds in grinder

Step 8: Now, add 1 tsp of regular table salt to the ingredients in the grinder.

Adding 1 tsp of regular table salt

(Expert tip: You may adjust the quantity of salt according to your preference or if you are making a larger quantity of powder).

Step 9: Grind them to a relatively coarse powder. Check the texture. It should be free-flowing.

Relatively coarse powder

Step 10: Now add the roasted sesame seeds to the ground spices in the grinder.

Adding the roasted sesame seeds to the ground spices in the grinder

Step 11: Grind them nicely to get a powder. Check the texture. If you want a smoother and finer texture, you may grind it a couple of more times. However, I prefer a coarse powder.

Checking the texture

(Expert tip: Make sure you do not grind them for a long time. Intermittent grinding will prevent heat buildup of the rotating motor and clumping of the powder as a result).

Step 12: When you are happy with the texture of the powder, transfer it to a bowl from the grinder, and your homemade sesame seed powder is ready to be used.

Homemade sesame seed powder is ready

Pro Tips for Making Sesame Seed Powder

Gentle Roasting: Keep the flame low while roasting sesame seeds to prevent over-roasting or burning, ensuring a balanced taste, color, and flavor in your powder.

Consistent Stirring: Stir sesame seeds continuously during roasting to ensure even browning and prevent uneven flavors in the powder.

Swift Cooling: Transfer roasted sesame seeds promptly to stop the cooking process and speed up the cooling phase. Evenly spread seeds on a plate for quicker results.

Aromatic Chilies: Stir dry red chilies continuously during roasting to capture their aromatic essence without burning. Allow them to cool separately before grinding.

Balanced Cumin: Dry roast cumin seeds until they attain a slight brown color for a well-rounded nutty flavor in your powder.

Grinding Technique: Add salt to the grinder with roasted chilies and cumin seeds. Adjust salt quantity based on preference or batch size. Grind intermittently for a free-flowing, textured powder.

Texture Check: After grinding the initial spices, assess the coarseness before adding sesame seeds. Achieve the desired texture with a few additional grinds if needed, balancing between coarse and fine.

Avoid Over-Grinding: Intermittent grinding prevents heat buildup in the motor, preventing clumping and ensuring the powder maintains its quality. Aim for the perfect texture without over-processing.

Quality Seeds: Begin with high-quality white sesame seeds for a rich and authentic flavor profile in your final powder.

Sesame Seed Powder Storing Tips

Cool and Dry Storage: Preserve the freshness of your sesame seed powder by storing it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Exposure to heat and light can compromise the flavor and texture over time.

Airtight Containers: Transfer the sesame seed powder to an airtight container to prevent moisture from affecting its quality. A sealed container helps maintain the powder’s texture and prevents clumping.

Avoid Direct Heat: Store the container away from sources of direct heat, such as stovetops or ovens. Elevated temperatures can alter the taste and fragrance of the powder.

How Does Sesame Seed Powder Taste?

Sesame seed powder boasts a distinctive flavor profile characterized by a delightful combination of nuttiness, earthiness, and a subtle spiciness.

The roasted white sesame seeds contribute a rich, toasty essence, while the aromatic dry red chilies and nutty cumin seeds add layers of complexity.

The result is a well-balanced powder that enhances the taste of your dishes with a unique blend of savory and slightly spicy notes.

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Whether sprinkled on salads, incorporated into marinades, or used in various recipes, the sesame seed powder imparts a harmonious and enticing flavor that elevates your culinary creations.

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What Dishes Can Sesame Seed Powder be Used in?

Salads: Sprinkle sesame seed powder over salads for a nutty and aromatic touch, enhancing both the taste and texture of fresh greens.

Marinades: Add sesame seed powder to marinades for meats or vegetables, infusing them with a unique blend of nutty and spicy notes.

Stir-Fries: Incorporate the powder into stir-fried dishes to impart a rich, toasty flavor, creating a delightful contrast to the vibrant and crisp textures of vegetables and proteins.

Dips and Sauces: Enhance the flavor of dips and sauces by blending sesame seed powder, providing a distinct nuttiness that complements a variety of flavors.

Rice and Grain Bowls: Sprinkle sesame seed powder over rice or grain bowls to add depth and complexity, turning a simple dish into a flavorful experience.

Noodles: Toss sesame seed powder into noodle dishes for an extra layer of taste, creating a fusion of nutty and spicy elements in every bite.

Soups: Garnish soups with a pinch of sesame seed powder to introduce a subtle yet impactful flavor that pairs well with both broths and creamy soups.

Roasted Vegetables: Coat roasted vegetables with sesame seed powder for a delightful crunch and an additional layer of savory flavor.

Baked Goods: Experiment by incorporating sesame seed powder into bread, muffin, or cookie recipes to introduce a unique nuttiness to your baked goods.

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Sesame Seed Powder

By Mita Mondal
Sesame seed powder is a versatile blend of white sesame seeds, aromatic dry red chilies, and nutty cumin seeds. Created through a step-by-step process of gentle roasting and controlled grinding.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Condiments
Cuisine Indian
Servings 5 Jar
Calories 442 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • cups White Sesame seeds
  • 5 pieces Dry red chilies
  • 2 tbsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Table salt

Instructions
 

  • Begin by placing a wok or frying pan on low heat on your gas stove. Once it's adequately heated, add 2.5 cups of white sesame seeds.
  • Continuously stir the seeds to dry roast them until they achieve a slight golden-brown color.
  • Transfer the roasted sesame seeds from the hot wok to a plate and set it aside to cool completely at room temperature.
  • While the sesame seeds cool, place 5 to 6 dry red chilies (without stems) in the wok. Stir continuously to prevent burning until you smell the aroma of roasted dry red chilies. Once done, transfer them to a separate plate and let them cool.
  • In the same hot wok, add 2 tbsp of cumin seeds and dry roast them until they turn slightly brown.
  • Transfer the roasted cumin seeds to a separate plate alongside the roasted dry red chilies. Allow them to cool completely at room temperature.
  • Once all the ingredients are completely cooled, use a clean and dry grinder. Begin by transferring the roasted dry red chilies and cumin seeds into the grinder.
  • Add 1 tsp of regular table salt to the ingredients in the grinder.
  • Grind the ingredients into a relatively coarse powder. Check the texture; it should be free-flowing.
  • Now, add the roasted sesame seeds to the ground spices in the grinder.
  • Grind everything together to achieve a powder. Check the texture; if you prefer a smoother and finer texture, you can grind it a couple more times. However, a coarse powder is recommended.
  • Once you are satisfied with the texture, transfer the homemade sesame seed powder from the grinder to a bowl. Your flavorful sesame seed powder is now ready to be used in your culinary creations.
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Notes

Gentle Roasting: Maintain a low flame while roasting sesame seeds to prevent over-roasting or burning, ensuring a balanced taste, color, and flavor in your powder.
Consistent Stirring: Stir sesame seeds continuously during roasting to ensure even browning and prevent uneven flavors in the final powder.
Swift Cooling: Transfer roasted sesame seeds promptly to stop the cooking process and expedite the cooling phase. Spread them evenly on a plate for quicker results.
Aromatic Chilies: Stir dry red chilies continuously during roasting to capture their aromatic essence without burning. Allow them to cool separately before grinding.
Balanced Cumin: Dry roast cumin seeds until they attain a slight brown color for a well-rounded nutty flavor in your sesame seed powder.
Grinding Technique: Add salt to the grinder with roasted chilies and cumin seeds. Adjust salt quantity based on preference or batch size. Grind intermittently for a free-flowing, textured powder.
Texture Check: After grinding the initial spices, assess the coarseness before adding sesame seeds. Achieve the desired texture with a few additional grinds if needed, balancing between coarse and fine.
Avoid Over-Grinding: Intermittent grinding prevents heat buildup in the motor, preventing clumping and ensuring the powder maintains its quality. Aim for the perfect texture without over-processing.
Quality Seeds: Begin with high-quality white sesame seeds for a rich and authentic flavor profile in your final powder.
Storage Tips: Preserve the freshness of your sesame seed powder by storing it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

Nutrition Info (Estimation Only)

Nutrition Facts
Sesame Seed Powder
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
442
Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
38
g
58
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
16
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
14
g
Sodium
 
13
mg
1
%
Potassium
 
413
mg
12
%
Carbohydrates
 
19
g
6
%
Fiber
 
9
g
38
%
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
14
g
28
%
Vitamin A
 
302
IU
6
%
Vitamin C
 
0.5
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
754
mg
75
%
Iron
 
13
mg
72
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Conclusion

In conclusion, embrace the art of crafting homemade sesame seed powder, a culinary gem that transforms ordinary dishes into extraordinary culinary experiences.

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Elevate your cooking with this versatile blend, infusing every bite with its unique flavor and enriching your culinary repertoire.

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