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How to Make Traditional Black Sesame Pills with Sun-Drying and Steaming Technique? - Microwave Recipes

How to Make Traditional Black Sesame Pills with Sun-Drying and Steaming Technique?

Q: Can I use an electric steamer instead of the traditional bamboo steamer and charcoal fire?
A: Yes, you can use an electric steamer, though the traditional method may impart a unique flavor.

Q: How crucial is the sun-drying process in this recipe?
A: Sun-drying is essential as it helps to naturally remove some of the outer shells of the sesame seeds, changing their color and enhancing their flavor.

Q: Is there an alternative to manually grinding the black sesame seeds?
A: A food processor or a high-powered blender can be used instead of a manual grinding method. However, care should be taken not to overheat the seeds.

Q: Can I replace honey with another sweetener?
A: Honey is preferred for its texture and health benefits, but you can use alternatives like maple syrup or agave, though the flavor and consistency might slightly differ.

Traditional Nine-Times Steamed and Sun-Dried Black Sesame Pills


  • Black sesame seeds: 500g
  • Honey: 75g
  • Sunlight: 9 days
  • Patience: a lot
  1. Wash black sesame seeds to remove impurities. Preferably use a bamboo steamer and steam for 2-3 hours after the water boils.
  2. Steam the sesame seeds using traditional methods like a charcoal fire, if possible.
  3. Start steaming early in the morning, and expose the steamed seeds to sunlight until sunset. Check the weather forecast to ensure sunny conditions for effective sun-drying.
  4. After nine cycles of steaming and sun-drying, the sesame seeds will partially shed their outer shells and turn brown.
  5. Grind the treated black sesame seeds into a powder.
  6. Use a blender on the milkshake setting to grind the sesame until it releases oil and becomes a paste. Use a pulsing method to avoid overheating.
  7. Gently heat honey until small bubbles form. Test by dropping a bit into cold water; if it solidifies, it's ready.
  8. Mix the warm honey into the sesame paste.
  9. Stir until the honey is fully absorbed and integrated.
  10. Once the mixture reaches the right consistency, start shaping it.
  11. Form the mixture into balls, approximately 10g each.
  12. Wrap each ball in foil and store at room temperature, sealed. They should last for up to 3 months.
  13. Photograph your beautiful black sesame pills!
  14. The final product should have a soft, non-greasy texture with a slightly sour, slightly bitter aftertaste, and a rich sesame flavor. Optionally, add nuts or dried fruits as desired.
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  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Good source of healthy fats and fiber
  • Contains calcium, magnesium, and iron
  • Energy-boosting properties