Take these tiny oval seeds to the next level of amazing when you add colour to them. Easy to make at home, these coloured sesame seeds, will brighten up your next dish.
Sesame seeds, belong to group of seeds that boast ancient uses, and these tiny oval seeds, still reign high on the culinary platform. Sesame Seeds are used extensively in Middle Eastern/Mediterranean cuisine, with the most popular use being Tahini (A sesame Seed Paste), and in sweets from the Middle East called Halvah. Next time you enjoying your favourite Asian food, take note of that delicate nutty flavour, or the invisible crunch, that is none other than Sesame Seeds.
Sesame Seeds are known to have an array of health benefits. These seeds are known to lower blood pressure, improve heart health and has the ability to prevent diabetes. They also improve digestion, detoxify the body, and reduce inflammation. Sesame Seeds are also packed with Vitamins, Fibre and Minerals like Iron, manganese, copper and calcium, which make these tiny seeds pack a major health benefit punch. You just have to browse through Instagram and Pinterest to see the varied uses of this tiny seed, and It’s all thanks to the amazing benefits it provides. They come in a few natural colours, Brown/tan, grey, black and the most common, the off-white variety.
So it is almost time for Ramadaan 2018, the month long fasting period that Muslims throughout the World observe. With it being a time to recharge spiritually, trying to get a few mundane chores like meal ideas/preps done before this Holy Month is upon us, has many a Muslim woman already busy in their homes. These coloured sesame seeds, add a colourful touch to those delightful savouries that are prepared, or even lavishly sprinkled onto your salad, or lean meals like Avocado(imagine the burst of colour), or topped onto your breads before baking. Now there is absolutely nothing wrong with using the sesames seeds in their original colours, but there is just something about a little splash of colour, that takes your dish to new heights, after all, visual appreciation is also important in the culinary world.
So, here is how I go about making my coloured sesame seeds. And remember to take a look at my post on How to Prepare Coloured Almonds, which was grandly received last year (THANK YOU), and this sesame seeds colouring DIY, is just as easy and almost the same.
HAPPY SESAME SEED COLOURING LOVELIES…
HOW TO MAKE COLOURED SESAME SEEDS AT HOME -DIY for Beginners
~ Using the Off-White variety, Pick clean the sesame seeds of any debris/stones.
~ Now divide the sesame seeds between individual bowls.
~ Divide as many as you like, depending on the number of colours you plan to use, here I used 5 different colours.
~ Add 1-2 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds into each bowl.
~ Use a Glove on your hands and Using a variety of different colours of food grade gel colours, add 1-2 drops into each bowl.
~ Here I used electric gel colours, to get a brighter/stronger colour.
~ Doing one bowl at a time, rub in the colouring into the seeds. If the colours don’t seem to adhere well, add another drop of colouring, and work it into the sesame seeds.
~ Rinse your gloved fingers, under running water, with each new colour application. Dry your gloved fingers before tackling the next colour batch.
~ Preheat the oven to 100 degree Celsius.
~ Starting with the 1st coloured sesame seeds bowl, add the bowl of seeds to the microwave oven, and lower the microwave heating power intensity, to around 500W-600W, and quick dry the seeds for 20 seconds.
~ Doing this stage in the microwave 1st, ensures the tiny seeds are slightly drier and easier to handle.
~ Continue microwaving the rest of the seeds as mentioned above.
~ Layer a sheet of baking paper onto an oven tray, this makes for easier removal during storage, instead of having to try to pick every last tiny seed off the baking tray.
~ Add the slightly dried sesame seeds onto the baking paper, leaving each colour separated.
~ Finally place the baking pan into the preheated oven, for 10 minutes, remove the tray and carefully mix together the various colours, taking care to separate any clumped up bits of sesame seeds.
~ Return the sesame seeds back to the oven for a further 5 minutes, then remove from oven and cool well before storing.
~ TO STORE ~ When completely cooled, carefully lift the baking sheet off the baking pan, and decant the sesame seeds into a bottle/container and keep closed in a cool and dry cupboard.
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