Black Sesame Soup
芝麻糊 zhi ma hu
Black sesame soup is widely found Chinese dessert soup, with a foreboding appearance but a lovely, nutty and subtle flavor. It's also quite easy to make (large quantities of) so it's a great dessert for when you have to serve a large group of people.
- 1/2 cup white rice
- 1/2 cup black sesame seeds
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup brown sugar (or more to taste)
- pinch of salt
- Soak the rice in water for several hours or overnight.
- Toast the sesame seeds on low heat in nonstick frying pan for 5 - 10 minutes, and set aside to cool. Grind the sesame seeds using a blender or food processor, until they form a paste. Remove from the blender.
- Rinse out the blender. Remove the excess water from the rice (reserving a bit to help blend the rice), then also grind until smooth in the blender.
- Mix the blended rice, sesame paste and water in a pot. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Lower the heat and continue stirring. Add the sugar and a pinch of salt and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, until the soup starts to get an even, smooth consistency. Taste and adjust sugar/salt.
Serving Size: 5-7
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Preparation Time: 15 minutes