Sesame seed squares

Women of all virtues are regarded as goddesses in our society even today, it is a common sight in some families here that men treating his worldly wise mother as Sarasawathi, the goddess of wisdom & knowledge, his caring wife as Durga Devi, the goddess of strength & protection, and his lively daughter as goddess Lakshmi who brings in prosperity. Even our prime minister, a devotee of goddess Durga, inducted a righteous woman into his cabinet of ministers as the national defence minister. Ironically we could find several references in our ancient literature which stress the need for the respect of women in unequivocal terms. Thiruvalluvar, an enlightened sage lived in 300 BC, wrote about the eternity of values to be followed by kings, men & women in all walks of life in Tamil (the oldest language in the world) and compiled Thirukkural, the greatest Tamil literary masterpiece known till today. Interestingly he did not miss to highlight the women power in his classic text 2000 years ago as below:

Meaning: Even the rain will fall at the command of a dutiful woman.

Today, on the day of International Women’s day, let’s celebrate the woman power by preparing sesame seed squares with sesame seeds & dates, the most nourishing ingredients for women, young or old. Since all the plant seeds are packed with key ingredients essential to generate life for new plants, they are also beneficial to women for their fertility or pregnancy nutrition. Sesame seeds are enriched with zinc contributing fertility, calcium required for strong bones and iron prevents anaemia, the most common mineral deficiency among women. Although dates are considered to be a good source of iron (0.9 mg, whereas sesame seeds have 14.76 mg of iron) I used dates mainly as a sweetener (and also a binder) here.

Ayurvedic properties of sesame seeds:

Sesame seed oil is of great importance in Ayurvedic treatments particularly as a massaging oil for its deep penetrating quality.

Taste (Rasa): Sweet (mathura) & bitter (tikta)
Qualities (Guna): Strong & penetrating (teekshana)
Clear (vishada) -calms mind after oil bath
Heaviness (guru)- causes satiety
Potency (Veerya):  Hot (Ushna)- ideal during winter/ monsoon.
Action (Karma): Balances Kapha & vata,
but faintly increases pitta
Benefits: Maintains youthfulness (vayasthapana)
Improves intelligence (medhakara)
Improves memory (smrithikara)
Improves strength & immunity (balakara)
Improves digestion (deepana)

Sesame seeds nutrion data: (according to USDA)

It is recommended to take black sesame seeds than white or red sesame seeds as black sesame are rich sources of calcium than other sesame seeds.

Sesame seeds100 gDaily requirement
Calcium989 mg99%
Iron14.76 mg112%
Zinc7.16 mg82%

We can prepare sugar-free sesame seed squares by refrigerating the dough for few hours, or we can just roll the dough into balls instantly as shown below. Sesame seed balls/ squares may be served as snacks for children, but I would like to take these hearty squares as a meal itself.

I have prepared 2 types of sesame fudges, one with white sesame seeds & some seeds and the other with black sesame seeds, chocolate & dried fruits specially for girl children. Now let us look in to the recipe for both the sesame squares as below:

Ingredients:

Sesame seed squareFruity sesame fudge
1/2 cup of white sesame seeds 1/2 cup of black sesame seeds
1/2 cup of pitted dates1/2 cup of pitted dates
2 tbsp of cocoa powder
A pinch of dried ginger powderA pinch of dried ginger powder
A pinch of cardamom powderA pinch of cardamom powder
1/4 tsp of toasted black sesame seeds1/4 tsp of toasted white sesame seeds
Pumpkin seedsSweetened dried cherries (chopped)
Sunflower seedsDried apricots (chopped)
Melon seedsSweetened dried pineapple (chopped)

Preparation of sesame seed squares:

  • Dry roast sesame seeds and leave aside to cool them down.
  • Meanwhile microwave dates after sprinkling some water for 2 min and make a puree using blender.
  • Grind roasted sesame seeds into fine powder.
  • Add sesame seeds powder, dates puree & cocoa powder into a mixing bowl and knead into a soft dough.
  • Sprinkle white sesame seeds & chopped fruits and mix well.
  • Transfer the dough to a greased container and press with the back of a flat ladle to level the surface.
  • Sprinkle chopped fruits over the dough and press again with a spoon.
  • Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Transfer the chilled dough to a tray and cut into squares.

Tips & Tweaks:

  • We can prepare the same with white sesame seeds as below.
  • I have packed the dough up to the height of 1″ inside the container, it won’t look nice if you increase the depth of squares.
  • You may immerse the box in warm water for few minutes to invert the chilled dough onto a tray easily.
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130 Comments Add yours

  1. Chiru says:

    Wow.. that looks delicious… I would stand in queue to get these sesame squares😊

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks! πŸ™‚

  2. foodzesty says:

    What a lovely recipe Megala πŸ™‚

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks! πŸ™‚

  3. Yum! You are making me hungry πŸ˜‹…!

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks! πŸ™‚

  4. Happy women’s day to you too, Megala and I must say beautiful description and delicious way of cooking tips. Awesome post.

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

      1. Welcome dear Megala

  5. These sound like fabulous post-workout energy bars!

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, surely they are! Thank you.

  6. Love your posts with detailed description in terms of Ayurveda qualities and importance of ingredients.
    I remember my mother used to prepare various dishes using sesame seeds and jaggery in winter.

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, sesame seeds are being used in every Indian home mainly for making traditional sweets. Thank you so much for stopping by.

  7. Ramyarecipes says:

    Wonderful recipe dear πŸ˜‹

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  8. Indira says:

    Truly appreciate your fascination for traditional dishes, Megala!

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you!

  9. kutukamus says:

    These squares of wisdom
    Must be good to share
    Among mankind
    In the solar system

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks for the beautiful poem! πŸ™‚

  10. Savvy Raj says:

    Lovely recipe. Very healthy too!

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you!

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