A recent conversation with a new mother reminded me of this often neglected super food. Sesame Seed oil and butter are frequently used in Mediterranean, African and Asian cuisine while in Japan black sesame seeds are coveted as a condiment to prevent grey hair. The high nutritional values makes this little seed one of your best kitchen allies. Yes the mighty Sesame seed is packed with calcium, iron and heart healthy oil. This quick method of toasting and grinding the seeds adds flavor to any dish and makes for easy assimilation.

1 c. Sesame Seeds (hulled)
1/2 t. Real Salt
Variation: 1/2 t. Temple Taste Seasonal Masala

Place iron skillet or pan on medium heat. Allow a few minutes to warm and add 1 cup Sesame Seeds stirring seeds frequently for about 5 minutes so they can toast evenly into a golden color.  Remove from heat and mix in 1/2 teaspoon Real Salt for the Basic recipe. Allow Sesame Seeds to cool and place in a spice grinder or blender to grind seeds. Or if you are feeling inspired place the toasted seeds in a mortar and pestle and grind by hand. Serve as a garnish and store room temperature in a sealed container.

Variation: For Seasonal Gamasio stir in 1/2 teaspoon Temple Taste Seasonal Masala Essential or Magical in the Spring/Summer or Golden or Harvest in the Autumn/Winter.

Notes: Serving suggestions sprinkle on raw salads, lentil stews, vegetables, steamed greens and grains.