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About the Author: John Immel, Asheville, NC

Sesame Seed Treats with Ginger & Ghee

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

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Rich and decadent to the tastes, this nutty morsel even delivers a delightful ginger zing. Don't let their small size fool you- this sweet treat is heavy and filling, making it a perfect small dessert or an energy packed bite on the hiking trails.

Warm up Your Winter

Sesame combines with ginger to warm you to your core on a cold night. Those who fear the bone-chilling temperature drop of winter will find great comfort in this healing dessert. Does it feel impossible to shake the icy cold? Sesame builds body heat and reinforces the blood - especially when mixed with a warming, stimulating pinch of ginger.

Renewed Energy and Strength

Ayurveda knows sesame is a strengthener. Its luscious, unctuous nature fortifies immunity, protects those with debility, and deeply feeds bodily tissue. Feel strong and vital through the cold months with this powerful treat. Feeling tired and dry from autumn until spring means that your body is exhausted and depleted. If this is the case, sesame seeds may be the food medicine for you! Their luscious, unctuous nature fortifies immunity, protects those with debility and deeply feeds bodily tissue. In Chinese Medicine, sesame seeds are said to invigorate the kidneys and adrenals, so those who feel rundown and exhausted will feel deeply replenished. They strengthen bones and teeth. The heavy, heartiness of sesame is balanced by ginger. Ginger ignites your digestive fire, so those with delicate digestion will be able to feel the full effect of strengthening sesame.

Recipe for Revitalization

In Ayurveda, when a food contains deeply nourishing qualities, it is called a rejuvenative, or rasayana. Sesame Seed Treats with Ginger Ghee have more than their fair share of rejuvenative ingredients. Sesame seeds and ghee both renew and replenish your body. Sesame promotes milk production in women, while sesame and ghee both energize the reproductive organs of women and men. These tiny seeds strengthen your bones and muscles. On an emotional level, they are even said to ignite your willpower.

Nerve Tonic

The seeds' high oil content lubricates and protects tissues, stabilizing with richness. A diet rich in sesame will moisturize the hair and skin. 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.

Sesame Spotlight

Sesame is native to sub- Saharan Africa and India. The golden or black sesame seed can miraculously grow in drought conditions. Ayurvedic knowledge says that the sesame's survivor nature imparts a special strength to those who use it for medicine.

Open Sesame

"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 hidden 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 exaltations 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.
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


1. Chill the ghee and sesame.

2. Place sugar into a small pot with 1/4c water. Boil the syrup down to 1 tbsp.

3. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients.

4. 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, 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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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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