Homemade sesame paste

 

|homemade sesame paste|

White sesame seeds are used in many asian food to garnish or to enhance flavour of the dish, or make your own sesame dressing.  To make your own sesame paste is actually easier than buying from the grocery store.

Other than toasted sesame seeds, you will need a food processor or a magic bullet or a hand grinder to make sesame paste.  I prefer hand grinding my own sesame paste, that way i have the freedom to control how coarse or fine my sesame paste is, and i actually like coarse sesame paste for my salad dressing or dip sauce for a more textured taste.

What you need:
– toasted white sesame seeds

What you do:
– toast the white sesame seeds on a dry pan (with no oil) at medium heat for about 2-3 mins or on a aluminum foil in the oven at medium heat. the purpose is to get the aroma of the sesame seeds and often they get burnt very easily, so as soon as you smell the aroma turn off the heat.
– then pour the white sesame seeds into a food processor or hand grinder to process for your desired texture.

p.s. some calls this the method of making sesame powder, but i find that the texture after grinding is rather moist, so i called it sesame paste instead.

You will actually need to add glutinous rice flour to get the sesame powder more flaky.

 

|自製芝麻蓉|

不少亞洲菜式都有白芝麻作為配料,除了使用烤過的白芝麻作為裝飾和添加香味還有芝麻沙律醬之外,還可以自製芝麻蓉。

製作方法非常簡單,可以使用攪拌機例如food processor或者手磨。我比較喜歡用手磨的方法,這樣可以自己控制粗幼度,對於沙律醬汁或者沾醬等都可以製作出口感特別的粒粒芝麻蓉。

材料:
-烤香的白芝麻

做法:
將白芝麻於乾鑊上中火烤大約2-3分鐘,或者可以放在錫紙上於焗爐以中火烤大約5分鐘。目的是要將白芝麻烤香,香味一出就要立刻將爐火關掉。

白芝麻很容易烤焦所以要多加注意。

然後就是利用石臼或者有紋理用來磨香料的碗磨成蓉,或者將芝麻放進攪拌機內。

p.s. 網上有其他人稱這樣是芝麻粉的做法,不過磨出來的芝麻都比較濕而非乾粉狀,所以我稱之為芝麻蓉。

較乾身的芝麻粉是需要加入糯米粉的。

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