The humble sesame seed is a key ingredient in many cultures cuisines, appearing in flavourings, garnishes as well as in both sweet and savoury sesame seed recipes.
With their a nutty, sweet aroma with a milk-like, buttery taste they are a great addition to many dishes and work will with a variety of ingredients including chickpeas, chicken, tofu, eggplant, fish, lamb and noodles. And if you're vegan or vegetarian, toasted sesame seeds are a great way of adding umami notes to your dish.
The tiny, tasty seeds come in many shades of brown, red and black, but the most common color we're used to seeing is a pale grayish-ivory.
We have a great selection of sesame seed recipes below which champion the sesame seed, including an unusual black sesame risotto, plus sesames seeds in Chinese cooking, Greek bakery and more. Have a look and see just how great the sesame seed really is.
Tofu coated with sesame takes on delicious notes in this memorable and tasty vegan dish.
Sesame seeds and parmasan coat the chicken breast making this a delicious pasta dish with a difference.
This traditional Greek food is a sesame and honey sweet bread hailing from one of the most ancient Greek recipes.
Looking for raw food recipes? Try staring out with this recipe for how to make raw crackers with flax seeds and sesame seeds.
A final sprinkling of sesame seeds on top of this vegetarian stir fry add some extra nuttiness and interest to the dish.
An unusual dish that uses black sesame from Italian chef Carlo Cracco.