Black sesame paste, known in Japanese as “nuri goma," is a basic ingredient in Japanese and Asian cuisines. The thick black paste imparts a roasted nutty flavor with deep earthy undertones.
Japanese black sesame paste is often sweetened with sugar or honey and is popular as an ingredient in pastries and baked goods. You also can include black sesame paste in rice cakes, pudding, ice cream, oatmeal, milk, smoothies and sauces.
However, the simplest and quickest way to enjoy black sesame paste is to spread it on a slice of toasted sandwich bread, or what is known as “shokupan” in Japanese. In addition to its deep earthy flavors, black sesame seeds are touted by some to be rich in calcium and zinc, as well as fiber. To make it at home, you'll need a food processor or a mini food processor to grind the black sesame seeds into paste.
- 1/2 cup whole black sesame seeds
- 3 to 4 tablespoons honey
- In a small pan, roast whole black sesame seeds over medium heat. Constantly shake the pan back and forth so that the sesame seeds do not burn. Roast for about 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat and set aside.
- Once the sesame seeds have cooled to room temperature, combine roasted sesame seeds with honey in a food processor. (4 tablespoons of honey create a texture that is easy to spread and work with; however, if you prefer a paste that is less sweet, try 3 tablespoons of honey--the texture will be thicker and slightly drier.)
- Best if used immediately but the paste may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.