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"Open sesame" was the secret password in the medieval Arabic adventure tale Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. These magic words revealed a cave rich with treasures secreted by thieves. Sesame seeds and oil are a food treasure rich with myriad health benefits and the secret ingredient of many delicious recipes, making it easy to see how sesame became the essential password. History is rife with exultations of this nutty seed. Assyrian legend says that sesame wine inspired gods to create the Earth. Romans ate the seeds mixed with honey for valor in battle; the women of ancient Babylon ate the same mixture to preserve youth and beauty. "Open sesame" may become your own personal password on the path to your most healthful self.

Strengthener for Winter

Ayurveda knows sesame as a strengthener. Its luscious, unctuous nature fortifies immunity, protects those with debility, and deeply feeds bodily tissue. Sesame helps to contain body heat, reinforces the blood, and strengthens the bones, muscles, and even the willpower. Those who fear winter and the bone-chilling drop in temperatures will find great comfort in this healing food. If you can't shake your wintertime chill, if you feel tired and dry from autumn until spring, these Vata signs could mean your body is exhausted and depleted. Sesame may be the food medicine for you, especially when mixed with a warming, stimulating pinch of ginger.

Moisturizer

The seeds' high oil content lubricates and protects tissues, stabilizing with richness. A diet rich in sesame will moisturize the hair and skin, promote milk production in women, and energize the reproductive organs of all. Suffer from constipation, or dry, pellet-like stool? The warming nature of sesame will promote better digestion and help lubricate the intestines. Ghee augments the richness of this recipe.
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This nutty morsel is rich, hearty & sweet with a ginger zing. It's an easy to enjoy party favorite when the temperature drops.
ingredients
2 tbspGheeVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
1/4 tspGinger (Dried)Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
2 tspRaw SugarVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
2 tbspSesame SeedsVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying

preparation
Chill the ghee and sesame. Place sugar into a small pot with 1/4c water. Boil the syrup down to 1 tbsp. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients. Mix thoroughly and scoop into tablespoon sized balls. If the ghee is too soft, place the mixture in freezer for fifteen minutes before making into balls. Shown here garnished with a sliver of almond.

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Great recipe! Next time I will experiment with roasting the sesame seeds and maybe also mix in some sunflower seeds :)

- inesa, Vilnius, 09-26-10
The raw sugar can be replaced with honey.
- anr, Brecksville, OH, 11-10-10
I added 2 tbsp of grated coconut and really like it! The coconut oil made it even more Pitta pacifying too i think.
- Riemke, Enschede, 11-16-10
Would roasting the sesame change its effectiveness?
- Noreen McDonough, Bristol, VT, 12-05-12
Roasting will increase the 'heat' in the recipe. It will be more warming in the digestive tract. Thanks for asking!

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