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Sesame Seed Treats with Ginger & Ghee

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Sesame Seed Treats with Ginger & Ghee Ayurveda Recipe
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingDigestive Effects Help
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
Stimulates-energy, Builds-stamina
Type: Nuts-Seeds
Meal: Snack-Dessert
Preparation: Raw, Boiled
Style: Ayurvedic
Recommended for: Autumn-Winter
Effect: Prana, Alkalizing

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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ayurvedic perspective

"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.


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.

About Sesame Seed Treats with Ginger & Ghee

This nutty morsel is rich, hearty & sweet with a ginger zing. It's an easy to enjoy party favorite when the temperature drops.
Weights & measures


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


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.

About the Author

John Immel is the founder of Joyful Belly, helping people confidently choose food that restores their healthy glow through wisdom, personal growth and balance. John's approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, as if it were second nature. His articles, books, and Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week eCourse provides tools for gracefully healing your mind and body. John also directs Joyful Belly's Master of Ayurvedic Digestion & Nutrition 500 hour certification program, where practitioners learn advanced clinical skills for 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.

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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 (Reply)
The raw sugar can be replaced with honey.
- anr, Brecksville, OH, 11-10-10 (Reply)
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 (Reply)
Would roasting the sesame change its effectiveness?
- Noreen McDonough, Bristol, VT, 12-05-12 (Reply)
Roasting will increase the 'heat' in the recipe. It will be more warming in the digestive tract. Thanks for asking!
- John Immel, Asheville, NC, 12-05-12 (Reply)
Are sweet sesame seed preparations or sesame seeds only ok for persons having severe reflux and acidity problems?
- rkb, 11-08-13 (Reply)
Is there an easy way to print out just the recipes without all the additional text?
- Leah, Portland, OR, 10-25-14 (Reply)
Would jaggery be a good substitute for sugar? How would it alter the digestive effects if I did so?
- larissa, Golden, CO, 11-21-15 (Reply)

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