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Almond Sesame & Anise Sweet Treat (Sellou)

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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Builds-stamina
Effect: Sattvic, Ojas, Prana, Alkalizing
Meal: Snack-Dessert
Recommended for: Autumn-Winter
Type: Nuts-Seeds
Style: Middle-Eastern
Contains: Gluten
Occasion: Brunch, Romantic, Kid-friendly, New-years-day, Movie-night
Subtaste: Aromatic

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
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About Almond Sesame & Anise Sweet Treat (Sellou)

Called Sellou, Sfouf or Zmita in Morocco.


1. Toast sesame seeds in an oven on 400 for 15-20 minutes, or until they turn a golden brown.

2. Similarly, brown the flour in a baking pan, stirring every five minutes to ensure the flour browns evenly.

3. Blanch almonds for thirty seconds and pinch at the butt end to remove skins. Dry completely.

4. Fry the almonds over medium heat in a 1/2inch of oil until golden brown. Take care to simmer the almond long enough to cook the inside, but not to burn the almonds in the process.

5. Grind the spices into a powder. Mix with flour and salt, then sift. Grind the almonds and sesame seeds, then add to the mixture. Continue to work in ghee.

6. Mix in the remaining ingredients and roll into small balls. Enjoy!

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.

John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.

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Vata craves sweet, stevia is cooling, the site says no honey in the recipes for vata What can you use?

- , 10-13-13 (Reply)
After working in the ghee, what is next? Form into balls , cook spread out flat? Thanks much! Jennifer Tarryall, Colorado 8400'
- j, 12-18-14 (Reply)
In the context of this recipe, it's ok for Vata to use honey. Maple syrup would be the alternative.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Wall, NJ, 07-22-16 (Reply)
After working in the ghee, what is next? Form into balls , cook spread out flat? Thanks much! Jennifer Colorado
- Jennifer, Manitou springs, 03-04-17 (Reply)
Jennifer - please see the edited instructions.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Wall, NJ, 03-06-17 (Reply)

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