February 17, 2020

Kidney Bean Sesame Seed Dip | Rajma Til Dip | GF and Vegan

Sesame Seeds (a.k.a Sesamum Indicum) are a fibre-rich, Iron-rich source that's been used in India foods for a long time now. The nutrition benefits of these seeds are so wonderful, it is also said to lower Cholestrol , blood pressure and Triglyceride levels. 

Indians use Sesame / Til Seeds heavily around Uttaryan (Makar Sankrant) where calcium is said to be absorbed best through Til Dishes like Chikki, Ellu Bella (Sesame seeds trail mix) and the like.

Sesame Ladoo (Til Ladoo / Ellu Urundai) is also given to young girls at the onset of their menarche to aid pain-free menstruation. A wonderful plant source of calcium and protein, there are many ways we can include this wonder-seed in our everyday dishes. 

Swaty - our host for this week @FoodieMondayBloghop has asked us to use super nuts and seeds this week. 

Today's dish was a meal by itself with some veg crudites, nachos, baked falafel and mediterranean-style oven roasted veggies : all in all an entire dinner that was plant based :)

Some sesame-based dishes that we regularly make at home include:

Yellina Chitranna (sesame flavoured rice - usually made around Ugadi / Lunar New year beginning)

Sankranti Yellu Bella (Karnataka special Sesame seeds -jaggery trail mix) 

Sesame Crusted Bundt bread

Onion Sesame Pull Apart Bread

Oo Ee Mu Chim (Korean Cucumber-sesame Salad)

Baked Sesame and Onion Savoury crackers

Let's get to the recipe now

You may use any plant protein (like chickpeas / kidney beans / Lima beans). I had a bowl of cooked kidney beans so went with it. 

Prep time - 15 mins, Cook time - Nil (doesn’t include soak and cook time for the protein base)
Makes - 250~300 ml of the dip, keeps for 2-3 days under refrigeration


What you need:

Cooked Rajma (One may use Canned too, but drain before using) - 1 cup (240 ml)
Sesame seeds roasted - 3 heaped tablespoon ( you may also use Tahini instead, if using that adjust salt and spice accordingly)
Salt and pepper - to taste
Sumac - 1/2 TBSP
Red chilli flakes - 1/2 tsp
Olive Oil - 1/4 cup (use in parts)
Madras Curry powder ( I used a mix of 1 TBSP Coriander powder and 1/2 TBSP jeera powder + 1/2 tsp pepper powder) - 3 TBSP
Lemon juice - 1/2 tsp

How to:
In a blender, puree the cooked rajma with salt and half the olive oil. Now add the rest of the spices, sesame seeds and blend at low speed, scraping down the mixture every few seconds. 
Serve dip at room temperature with crudites / falafels or any chips / wafers of your choice. 


  1. That's a very innovative and healthy recipie. Triggers the taste buds and yet healthy at the same time. Great going!! Looking forward to many more recipes..

  2. The dip sounds so full of flavour! Very innovative recipe, Kalyani. Would love to try this out some time. :)

  3. We love both kidney beans and sesame seeds. Combining both in a dip sounds interesting Kalyani would love to pair it with my tea time snack.

  4. Protein rich Dip with rajma beans and sesame seeds looks so inviting and flavourful!! would love to have it with pita chips or nachos.. Wonderful share!!

  5. This protein rich dip sounds interesting. I am sure it tasted delicious. Just need some nachos or chips to polish it off.

  6. Kidney beans sesame seeds dip sounds so flavorful and lipsmacking. Chilli flakes, pepper and curry powder definitely made this dip tasty. Loved this healthy and yummy dip. A must try recipe.

  7. I was tempted and intrigued by kidney beans hummus I saw on the internet recently and now your kidney beans and sesame seed dip. Tempting me to try out this recipe as my family loves kidney beans.

  8. Now that is a wonderful and healthy hummus for sure and it will go with almost everything. Love the addition of Madras curry powder.


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