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How To Make Black Sesame Paste 黒練りごま

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    Made from ground black sesame seeds and either sesame oil or honey, Black Sesame Paste (or Kuro Neri Goma) is used as a flavoring to make sweet and savory dishes in Japanese and Asian cuisines. Learn how to make it at home today!

    Food processor containing homemade black sesame paste.

    In Japan and other East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisines, black sesame seeds are used extensively in cooking, baking, and desserts. We use the black sesame seeds in its original form, and in powder and paste forms. It is one of my favorite flavorings for making pastries and sweets. When summer comes around, I would make a jar of homemade black sesame paste and store in the fridge so I can always whip up black sesame ice cream and other treats.

    A grey bowl containing Black Sesame Ice Cream garnished with mint on top and sprinkles of black sesame seeds.

    How Does Black Sesame Paste Taste Like?

    To make black sesame paste, the unhulled sesame seeds are first toasted and then ground into a thick puree before sweetened with honey.

    With a glossy, jet-black color and uniquely rich nutty flavor, black sesame paste can change the dynamic of a dessert completely. I would also describe the flavor slightly earthy with a mildly bitter undertone, which provides a nice counterbalance to any sweets.

    You can find many popular Japanese sweets and pastries such as macarons, purin (pudding), chiffon cake, mochi, bread, ice cream flavored with black sesame.

    Black sesame paste (黒練りごま) is typically sold in a small jar at Japanese (or Chinese) grocery stores or on Amazon, but you can easily make it at home.

    Food processor containing homemade black sesame paste.

    How to Make Black Sesame Paste – 2 Simple Ingredients!

    It’s so easy to make homemade black sesame paste! You’ll need only black sesame seeds and honey (for sweets) or sesame oil (for savory).

    Using a food processor makes the process faster than grinding with Suribachi and Surikogi (Japanese mortar and pestle). You need at least 1/4 cup sesame seeds to get it running.

    As you grind the sesame seeds will start releasing natural oil, so there’s no need to add any liquid if you use a commercial-grade machine. If you’re using a smaller processor, you may need to add a little honey or sesame oil to get the grinding going to reach the pasty texture. Allow the processor to take breaks in between before you run it again.

    Once you make the paste, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to 1 month!

    A black bowl containing Black Sesame Dan Dan Noodles.

    Recipes Ideas

    In addition to black sesame ice cream and black sesame dan dan noodles, you can also use black sesame paste to make filling for mochi, or include it in your smoothie, to make creme brulee and pudding or as a dipping sauce for fruits like banana and apples. Black sesame is known to be an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, iron, and healthy fat, so that’s a double win!

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    Food processor containing homemade black sesame paste.
    Black Sesame Paste
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Total Time
    5 mins
     

    Made from ground black sesame seeds and either honey or sesame oil, Black Sesame Paste is used as a flavoring to make sweet and savory dishes in Japanese and Asian cuisines. Learn how to make it at home today!

    Course: Condiments, How to
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: black sesame, sesame paste
    Servings: 8 Tbsp black sesame paste
    Author: Namiko Chen
    Ingredients
    Black Sesame Paste for Sweet Dish
    Black Sesame Paste for Savory/Sweet Dish
    Instructions
    1. Gather all the ingredients.

      Black Sesame Paste Ingredients
    2. In a non-greased pan, toast the sesame seeds to bring out the aroma.

      Black Sesame Paste 1
    3. Put the toasted sesame seeds in the food processor and start processing. You can also grind the black sesame seeds by mortar and pestle (but it will take some time).

      Black Sesame Paste 2
    4. It will take some time for the sesame seeds to release the oil, so be patient.

      Black Sesame Paste 3
    5. Scrape the sesame seeds from the sides as needed and run again. Depending on the machine, you may need to take a break to avoid breaking the motor.

      Black Sesame Paste 4
    6. When the sesame seeds are finely ground and become moist from the natural sesame oil, add honey/sesame oil and process again to combine.

      Black Sesame Paste 5
    7. The sesame seeds will start to look pastier. Continue processing.

      Black Sesame Paste 6
    8. Once the sesame seeds are all ground, liquidy, and pasty, transfer to a sterilized mason jar.

      Black Sesame Paste 7
    To Store
    1. You can store homemade sesame paste in the refrigerator for up to 1 month and in the freezer for half a year. Bring the paste back to room temperature before using it.

    Recipe Notes

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