Sesame seeds are still called benne seeds in the south. The slaves from Africa called them benne seeds and when they came to the south, the name stuck.
Two popular recipes with sesame are hummus and zaatar. Zaatar is a spice containing sumac, thyme and sesame as the main ingredients. It’s sprinkled on flatbread and used for dipping hummus and yogurt dip.
Just buy flatbread, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with zaatar. Run under broiler until it browns a bit. Yum!
It’s one of my most requested. “Store bought hummus is way too expensive” is my motto. Better than anything you can buy and a lot less costly. Little Emerson, my granddaughter, loves hummus. If too thick, add a little water.
1 can, 15 oz, chick peas, drained, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon minced garlic
Lemon juice, olive oil and Tahini (ground sesame seed “paste”) to taste – start with 3 tablespoons and go from there
Salt to taste
Cumin to taste – start with a teaspoon
Whole milk Greek yogurt to taste – start with 1/4 cup
Cayenne pepper powder to taste – a tiny bit!
Mash chickpeas by hand or in food processor until of desired smoothness. Add everything else and mix.
Why this recipe is good for you:
▪ Chickpeas contain protein and calcium.
▪ Tahini is sesame seed paste and high in protein.
▪ Cumin is a good source of iron.
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