Sesame seeds have both antioxidants and healthy oils, but very few people know that in order to get the benefits we need to crush them before eating. As with most seeds, they are well protected from our gastric juices by a hard shell. Therefore, it is crucial to break them in a mixer, grinder or by chewing. But don’t buy them ground up, because the fantastic oils evaporate or oxidize. If you don’t crush them before devouring them, you will at least benefit from the great fiber that the shell provides.
Here's a simple and delicious hummus (or, sometimes called bean paste) recipe that we love to make on our retreats.
3 dl cooked chickpeas
Juice from 1/2 a small lemon
0.5 dl olive oil
0.5 dl fresh ground sesame seeds
1 tsp sumac
2 pinches salt
2 tbsp ground cumin
1 pinch cayenne pepper
0.5 dl water or until desired consistency
Blend until smooth.
If you'd like extra sesame taste, blend in 3 tbsp of tahini and a bit of water.
Top it off with some red spice like paprika, and a drizzle of olive oil.