Women of all virtues are regarded as goddesses in our society even today, we could find 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 Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity. Our prime minister, a devotee of goddess Durga, inducted a righteous woman into his cabinet of ministers as the national defence minister. We could also find several references in our ancient literature that stress the need for the respect of women in unequivocal terms.
Thiruvalluvar, an enlightened sage who 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:
Today, on the day of International Women’s day, let’s celebrate womanhood 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 to fertility, calcium required for strong bones and iron prevents anaemia, the most common mineral deficiency among women. We all know that the dates good sources of iron (0.9 mg) but sesame seeds have 14.76 mg of iron. Here I used dates mainly as a sweetener and also as a binder.
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 seems black sesame seeds are more nourishing than white/ red sesame seeds as black sesame seeds have more calcium than other sesame seeds.
|Sesame seeds||100 g||Daily requirement|
Sugar-free sesame seed squares recipe:
We can prepare 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 & other seeds and the other with black sesame seeds, chocolate & dried fruits. Now let us look into the recipe for both the sesame squares as below:
|Sesame seed square||Fruity sesame fudge|
|1/2 cup of white sesame seeds||1/2 cup of black sesame seeds|
|1/2 cup of pitted dates||1/2 cup of pitted dates|
|2 tbsp of cocoa powder|
|A pinch of dried ginger powder||A pinch of dried ginger powder|
|A pinch of cardamom powder||A pinch of cardamom powder|
|1/4 tsp of toasted black sesame seeds||1/4 tsp of toasted white sesame seeds|
|Pumpkin seeds||Sweetened dried cherries (chopped)|
|Sunflower seeds||Dried apricots (chopped)|
|Melon seeds||Sweetened 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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Lovely read! Looks delicious especially the fruity fudge.Interestingly blogged dear Megala as usual. Have a wonderful weekend 😀
Thanks, Savvy! 🙂 Have a wonderful week ahead!
Wonderful recipe, using the nutritious sesame seeds and dates to naturally sweeten these healthy squares!
a hearty snack meal! such colors! ??
Thank you so much.
Such nice treats. Healthy food.
Yes, indeed. Thank you!
Extremely healthy, as well as delicious!
These sesame seed squares are so cute. I’ve copy the recipe for later. Thanks.
I’m so glad! Thanks much. 🙂
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Looks yummy, will give recipe a try. I didn’t realise all the nutritional benefits of sesame seeds
Thank you so much for reading this post & leaving your comment here.
You’re welcome Megala and not sure if I told you that your blog icon bearing your initial first drew me to it. It looks like a flower or a mandala.
Oh, nice to hear this. And yes, the icon is somewhat like a mandala art popularly known as Rangoli here in India, normally drawn (using colored flour) on the floor at the entrance of our homes. I’m glad that this rangoli design draws your attention. 🙂
Thanks a lot.
Nice to hear about other cultures. Love your Rangoli & a lovely idea to have it at entrance to a home ?
You’re welcome Megala .
Thank you so much.
Luvd the name as much as the squares ?
Thank you. 🙂
Wow. Extremely good. Thanks for the recipe
Wow.. that looks delicious… I would stand in queue to get these sesame squares?
What a lovely recipe Megala 🙂
Yum! You are making me hungry ?…!
Happy women’s day to you too, Megala and I must say beautiful description and delicious way of cooking tips. Awesome post.
Thank you so much! 🙂
Welcome dear Megala
These sound like fabulous post-workout energy bars!
Yes, surely they are! Thank you.
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.
Yes, sesame seeds are being used in every Indian home mainly for making traditional sweets. Thank you so much for stopping by.
Wonderful recipe dear ?
Thank you so much! 🙂
Truly appreciate your fascination for traditional dishes, Megala!
These squares of wisdom
Must be good to share
In the solar system
Thanks for the beautiful poem! 🙂
Lovely recipe. Very healthy too!
So very interesting! Chikki is what we most commonly make using sesame seeds. I love how you have come up with two different types of desserts (nutritious too!) using sesame seeds. 🙂
Thank you! 🙂
These squares look so delicious and tempting Megala.
Such healthy snacks!
Love these sesame seed squares! And love the story!?
These looks so good ?
I have nominated you for Sunshine Blogger Award
Thank you so much! 🙂
Amazing bars with dry fruits and nuts and nutritious too!
You are a great cook!?
That looks great!
Yummmm! And I like the way you start the post talking about women 😀
I know you will like this. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.
Great idea to have such a nutritious and healthy snack. !!
Such a meaningful and delicious treat! I love hearing the story behind all the ingredients here. They serve a purpose, beyond just making it wonderful to eat. 🙂
Yes, it gives the clear idea of what we are taking, and how it works for us. Thank you so much. 🙂
Wow, this is superb! Looks yummylicious!❤️❤️
Thank you! 🙂
yeah, sesame seeds are very good for humans! I cook with sesame oil a lot and also make sesame noodle.
Sesame seed squares looks great. My next adventure on the coming weekend!
Thank you for the wonderful recipe. Megala!
Thank you so much Lady Oscar! I’m keeping my fingers crossed. 🙂
Bingo, dear Megala! Delicious! Those cute squares made my weekend shining. Thank you~ ^^
Ah! I’m so glad, thanks! 🙂
These are tasty, healthy and guiltfree snack bars when compared to store bought bars…loaded with goodness of sesame seeds and definitely a must try recipe✌️
Definitely going to try these, they look and sound delicious 🙂
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Oh, great! I will check this out soon! Have a wonderful week!
These look delicious, but also so gorgeous plated.
Such nourishing bars ?♥️??
Yep! 🙂 Thanks.
What a perfect share for international women’s day Megala! I like using dates instead of the refined sugar too.
Yes, same here. Thanks Sandhya!.
What a wonderful idea for International Women’s Day. I’ll definitely make it!
Oh, nice. Thanks much!
This seems to be an easy recipe using sesame seeds.I am loving the contrasts in the plate.They are looking beautiful.
Delicious!!! Thanks for sharing this Megala.
You are welcome!
Look so delicious and healthy ? Megala
Yes, it really is! Thank you.
Great ideas! Healthy option.
Super tasty, Megala. A winner for sure!
Delicious looking~ I adore sesame seeds! Thanks for sharing.
Pleasure is mine! I would love to use sesame seeds as much as possible.
Thanks much for your constant support.
How clever and so healthy!!
Guilt free snack. Happy Women’s Day!!
Thanks! Happy Women’s day!!
Innovative! I love Ellu urudai with whole sesame seeds or powdered with jaggery. Must try this recipe.Its loaded with goodness.
Happy Women’s Day!
Yes, so true! Happy Women’s Day!!
Healthy & delicious! Happy Women’s day, dear! 🙂
Thanks! Happy Women’s day to you too! 🙂
My pleasure and thank you dear ?
These are healthy as well and one can have this guilt free anytime! Great share Megala.
Yes, you are right, thanks Nisha!
Happy Women’s Day! 🙂
This looks yum. I am going to try this. ? It’s like sesame chikki without the jaggery or heating the mixture.
Yes, it is too easy prepare, I think you would like these squares too. 🙂
Wow, this looks brilliant!❤️❤️
A beautiful intro to your post. You sesame fudge looks so delicious. Can’t wait to try them Megala ?
Thank you! 🙂 Happy Women’s Day!!
More than a master in cooking you are a master in teaching. You very much proved you are from a teacher’s family.
Hahaha, thanks Subbashini! 🙂 Happy Women’s Day!!
Your sesame seeds squares look delicious! Happy International Women’s Day!
Thank you! Happy Women’s day!!