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.
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