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How To Make Tahini Recipe in India the Right Way [Sesame Seed Butter in Indian Air Fryer]

Hello everyone! Let's make "soaked sesame seeds tahini" today. No, I am not kidding! Perhaps you are here after reading the title to find how to make tahini in India? Sesame seeds are a staple in the Mediterranean, and they have mastered the art of making tahini at home. Perhaps, the sesame seeds paste finds a place in their cuisine and recipes, which of course, are healthy. Of course,  the Mediterranean diet is known as the healthiest diet in the world. No doubt about it.

But my concern here is different. Let's see how I make tahini at home in air fryer, though you do not need one to process your own batch of this delicious and healthy buttery spread.

Before beginning with the recipe to make sesame seeds tahini, I want to ask how many of you soak your seeds, nuts, legumes, millets, and grains in water before use?

Similarly, do Sesame seeds need to be soaked? 

Well, in order to understand this, you must first learn about the need for soaking of seeds or nuts. Did you know half of the world's population suffers from MICRONUTRIENT malnutrition?

Research blames this malnutrition or deficiency on phytic acid found in grains, legumes, cereals, nuts, and seeds, which binds to minerals and inhibits their absorption in the gut. As a result, your body is unable to properly absorb essential minerals, such as iron, zinc calcium, magnesium, and manganese. The removal of phytic acid improves the intestinal ability to absorb these minerals and nutrients from food.

Soaking and/or germination of sesame seeds helps improve their amino acid content.

Here's are the results of a study on sesame seeds that compares raw, roasted, and fermented seeds.

Phytate and oxalate concentrations of fermented sesame were significantly reduced than other food samples. In general, fermented sesame was found to have to have better nutritional quality as indicated by rat growth response. Correspondingly, the Food Efficiency Ratio (FER) value of 0.16 was higher than raw and roasted sesame respectively. Significantly higher Protein Efficiency Ratio (PER) value was also obtained for fermented sesame. The organ to body ratios of the test animals were influenced by treatments as recorded on heart, kidney, spleen, liver and pancreas. 

The research study shows that roasting and fermentation could help improve the nutritional quality of sesame seeds , reducing its phytic acid and oxalates. 

Can Sesame oil cause diarrhea? 

People who are allergic to sesame seeds might experience bloating, abdominal discomfort, and diarrhea.

Let's see how to make tahini with soaked sesame seeds.

My research says that soaking and roasting play an important role in reducing the phytic compounds in sesame seeds. So I have followed by research to make tahini by soaking sesame.

Soak 1 cup of sesame seeds overnight in double the amount of water.

In the morning, you want to discard the water and use it for watering plants. I did a taste test and the water was really bitter. It has all the toxic elements too. 

Nex, you want to dehydrate or dry sesame seeds in an airfryer, oven or simply sun dry them for a day or two. The idea is to make sure the seeds are completely dry.  

I chose to spread some of the soaked sesame seeds on a cotton cloth and sun-dried them for a day.

I also dehydrated the seeds in my Prestige airfryer at 140 degrees celsius for 20 minutes.

Stirred the seeds after 20 minutes and again set them to dehydrate at the same temperature.

You want to repeat the steps every 20 minutes until you get roasted sesame seeds.

Here, if you are dehydrating in an airfryer, then you want to place a mesh on top of the container to prevent sesame seeds from flying in the appliance.

I use this jali or mesh to protect things from flying in airfryer. 

I will soon be posting a detailed video on my airfryer uses, benefits. I will also give you reasons why an airfryer is the best investment. 

Do you own an airfryer? 

If so, please post in comments your airfryer brand and share your happy/sad experience with this MAGIC appliance.

Once sesame seeds are roasted fully (took mine 60-65 mins at 140 degree celsius), you want to put them into a blender or grinder jar and pulse the seeds to powder.

Continue to process the seeds until they turn gooey or paste-like. However, remember to give your machine timely breaks. This will prevent it from getting too hot. 

I have not used anything except sesame seeds to make tahini. So this is a 1-ingredient tahini recipe. The magic of seeds turning into a butter-like consistency is happening before your eyes. 

You may continue to process until you reach the right consistency. 

Pour your homemade tahini in a sterilized glass jar and refrigerate upon cooling.

Enjoy as a dip or sauce and dig into the benefits of sesame seeds.

I will soon share more recipes using this calcium-rich paste. So stay tuned and hit the bell icon to receive notifcations of new uploads.

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