Sesame seeds and all their products (halva, tahini and sesame oil) contain ingredients that have been shown to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, while also possessing anti-aging properties. They are extremely rich in antioxidants, composed mainly of the lignans that prevent the oxidation of fatty acids in the body. It is mainly used in baking bread, cookies, sweet and savory pies.
Sesame seed paste is also called tahini and two types are generally available: hulled and unhulled. Ground sesame seeds are a popular ingredient for many foods, while tahini can be used as a sauce, eaten plain, spread on a slice of bread instead of butter or as a dip mixed with sugar, water, and honey. Tahini is also used to make certain types of halva as well as various desserts and food for Lent. A great source of energy and strength, it is the ideal snack – a veritable “vitamin shot”.
Cooks In10' preparation | 20' cooking
1.5 quarts water
1 cup orzo pasta
6 heaped tbsp. tahini
1 deep dish of cold water
Bring the water to a boil, add the orzo pasta and cook for about 10 minutes.
Put some cold water in a deep dish and add 2 tbsp. of warm water from the pot.
Gently mix in the tahini until combined (the tahini will thicken at first, but will soon loosen up).
While the tahini is still warm, keep adding warm cooking water and mix well.
Remove the pot from the heat and let it stand for 5 minutes.
Stir in the diluted tahini sauce and season.
Do not reheat the soup because the tahini will separate!
Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper and squeeze a few drops of lemon.