SimSim is the local name for sesame seeds here. I’ve been hooked to them ever since I was young because they taste so so good. I remember when I was in primary school, I’d save up a shilling to buy a ball of SimSim that had pieces of roasted groundnuts. A ball was almost the size of an average fist and it took me about 3 days maximum to finish it. And it’s not because it was too big. No. I just didn’t want to finish it. I’d take a bite or two in a day, then carefully use a piece of newspaper to wrap it up before I stored it for another day.
At that time they were just a mere snack to me since I didn’t realise the health benefits of these amaze balls. Sesame seeds are packed with a lot of goodness that every human body requires. They are excellent sources of calcium, copper, manganese, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1,zinc and some very important dietary fiber. In addition to these important nutrients, Sesame seeds also contain two unique substances namely; Sesamin & Sesamolin. These two belong to a group of special beneficial fibers that have shown to have a cholesterol lowering and high blood pressure prevention effect in humans. So definitely they are of benefit to us healthwise because every nutrient contained in these nutty seeds provides relief, prevention or solution to something. From Rheumatoid arthritis to migraines.
Sesame can be consumed as they are in their seed form or as paste(tahini) or oil. And depending on what form it’s in, it can be used in many different ways. Below are some of the most common serving ideas.
-You can sautée your chicken or pork with sesame seeds alongside other ingredients for an Asian inspired dish.
-You can use tahini (sesame paste) as bread spread.
-Sesame seeds and oil play a great roll in making dressing for salads and noodles.
-You can add sesame seeds into your cake batter or bread dough. It adds an amazing nutty flavour.
-Lastly, you can make amazing snacks out of them as instructed below.
You only need 2 ingredients to make the simplest SimSim balls. Sugar & Sesame seeds.
-In a nonstick saucepan, on medium low heat, add sugar.
-Let the sugar melt into a syrup. You can add a tablespoon of water to lighten the syrup a little bit.
-Once it starts bubbling, add the sesame seeds. Use a wooden spoon to bind it well. Until the seeds get golden brown.
-Make sure your hands are clean before you start rolling them into balls. When the mixture is warm enough for you to handle, scoop a spoonful, place it on your palm and use both palms of your hands to roll balls and you’ll have your nutritious sesame balls.
Make sure you take a little SimSim often because it’s good for you.