Wednesday, January 20, 2010

SesameFresh



This is not exactly a "food" recipe, but more of an after-food mouth freshener - and of course, without any artificial flavors, sweeteners or colours.

I made two versions of the SesameFresh, and both turned out very well - the only downside being the arguments with my hubby as to who ate more and finished off the stuff in record time.

The one very tedious and time consuming part of the recipe was the hulling of the whole sesame seeds - but its also pretty easy to buy  already hulled sesame in the supermarket.


Ingredients 

1/4 cup - sesame seeds, hulled ( see below)
1/2 cup - fennel seeds (saunf)
1cup - water
1/4 tsp - clove powder
1/4 tsp -  cardamom powder
3/4 tsp -liquorice root powder (mulethi powder) for more details see here
2 thsp - castor sugar (adjust according to your taste)
1/2 tsp - rock candy white sugar crystals (misri)
2 tbsp - rose petal spread (gulkand) for more details see here
a pinch of peppermint extract

How to hull the sesame seeds 

  1. Soak sesame seeds in 1 cup of water for 2 hours. Drain the water and spread the wet seeds on a muslin cloth and let it dry for 2-3 hours.
  2. Rub the seeds with your hands a number of time and remove the skin/husk of the sesame seeds through a sieve. Continue this process a number of time. (Dont worry if the seeds are not hulled fully, try and remove as much as you can)
  3. Let the seeds dry overnight.
Method
    1. Place the dried and hulled sesame seeds in a thick pan and cook on a medium heat for about a minute (taking care that the seeds dosen't burn) Keep aside.
    2. Similarly cook fennel seeds for a minute and keep aside.
    3. In a bowl mix together, the cooked sesame seeds, fennel seeds, clove powder, cardamom powder, sugar, misri and the peppermint extract. Cover the bowl for a couple of minutes.
    4. Divide the prepared mixture into two, add the rose petal spread to one half and enjoy:)



    Pick your favourite bowl :)




    This recipe is  for Priya's Sesame Seeds Event and I enjoyed it immensely.




    This mouth freshner not only tastes good but has lot of medicinal uses. Fennel seeds are particularly useful in the treatment of disorders of the eye, it satisfies thirst, subsidies vomitting sensations, colic, the formation of mucus and feverishness. Fennel is a good diuretic and can cure those who suffer gas when taken after food. It is beneficial against bad-breath too.
    Source : here
    Sesame seeds are exceptionally rich in iron, magnesium, manganese, copper and calcium and contain vitamin B1 and vitamin E.
    This mouthfreshner can be consumed daily after meals. 


    This recipe also goes to A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine "Home Remedies".



    47 comments:

    1. Thanks for the "recipe" I'll certainly make some!

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    2. Excellent. I always grab some mouth freshner like at the Indian restaurant. Love it.

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    3. Rachana,

      both looks good, i will use this mouth freshener as a candy and will take all time.

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    4. Rachana, love ur recipe of SesameFResh. Hats off to you for the time consuming process of hulling the sesame seeds. Also since you guys worked hard its ok, whoever ate more of this yummy stuff, as long as you had enough left for these awesome Clicks. I always enjoy reading your write- up too.

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    5. wow........Rachana........this sesame fresh sounds very intresting. nice clicks. Thanks for sharing this unique recipe dear.

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    6. Je ne connaissais pas.
      J'en prends note.
      A bientôt.

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    7. Very interesting recipe..love this

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    8. That is a great recipe!!And those downsides are good downsides...!

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    9. Rachana, this indeed is a good remedy for bad breadth as a mouth-freshner / as well as good digestion capabilities..dont you think???? If so send it to our event..Thanks

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    10. That looks very healthy and delicious!

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    11. Awesome... I will try this, once I find all the ingredients..(some of them are not familiar to me !).thanks Rachana..:-)

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    12. Wow Rachana...such a beautiful recipe..looks fantastic..Thanks for sending to CWS...never knew that we can make mouth freshner with sesame seeds....a must try..

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    13. Nice recipe!! Sounds interesting..Will try this soon..Thanks for sharing rachana

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    14. Wow you made mouth freshener @ home, thats really an excellent job dear:)

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    15. You've nice blog and great recipes. Will come back often :)

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    16. I saw you passed on my blog!!!
      Very good recipe, so spicy.
      I?ve just added your blog to my feed reader!!!
      See you soon!!!

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    17. Rachana
      I had always wondered how the mouth-freshener basket was made at Indian restaurants. You have answered my question, thank you!

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    18. Nice interesting recipes. Both look good. Never knew we could also add sesame seeds.

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    19. Wow..looks cool Rachana. Nice thought though adding Seasme seeds. Will try this out soon!

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    20. I have always bought these from stores. Never even attempted to make them at home. Looks pretty simple and can be varied according to ones own taste too.. thanks for the recipe(?) :)

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    21. interesting recipe...keep rocking!

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    22. Darling you have a delicious blog and a new follower...me. I will return daily to see what's for dinner.

      Love & Hugs
      Duchess

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    23. I love this freshener but have never tried it at home.

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    24. This is my favorite mouth freshener! Looks great!

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    25. Mouth freshner with sesame seeds..... Wow!.....awesome. Must try with huleed one.

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    26. Nice one rachana,time consuming but worth doing this one...will surely try this

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    27. You sure have patience in hulling them... But why not when it results in something as nice as this.

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    28. hi. I really appreciate all the efforts that u guys have taken to make this mouth freshner. Looks so good.

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    29. very nice one..hats off to your patience!

      Cheers

      Jyoti

      www.theveggiehut.blogspot.com

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    30. Thanks for dropping by my blog.This one is very new to me.never thought of trying this @home.Hats off!!

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    31. mouth freshner looks amazing rather than having to use listerine(mouthwash)

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    32. Rachana,

      Mouth refreshner recipe sounds kool, you certainly worked so hard, yeah hulling sesame is no easy, I know.

      Good that it is free from artificial sweetners, home made is always healthy and good:)

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    33. Love the sound of these,perfect after a meal :D

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    34. This is so cool, looks perfect ! I have never made mouth fresheners at home, sounds delightful!

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    35. nice click and absolutely and refresher !!!!!

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    36. Good one Rachna....all natural with homemade ingredients...love it :)

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    37. Totally New this mouth freshner- i never thought of hulling sesame seeds and never knew it is a hercules task too.

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    38. very nice interesting recipes..

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    39. an amazing idea!!!
      a must try!!!

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    40. wow, what an interesting recipe! it must have taken hours to shell the sesame seeds.

      Rose

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    41. I am glad to read this post, its an interesting one. I am always searching for quality posts and articles and this is what I found here, I hope you will be adding more in future. Thanks..Natural Sesame

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    43. Thanks for sharing such great post on sesame seeds

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