How to prepare delicious simsim balls

Here is a step-by-step recipe on how to prepare them.

In Summary
  • You may need to work quickly before the mixture cools and hardens.
  • Aside from simsim being a delicious snack it has its nutritious benefits
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Sesame seed balls are a popular snack in many cultures and not only are they delicious but also easy to prepare.

Here is a step-by-step recipe on how to prepare them.


  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 cup jaggery or brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
  • 2-3 tablespoons water
  • Optional: cardamom powder or other flavourings


  1. Step 1
  3. Dry roast the sesame seeds in a pan over medium heat until they turn golden brown and fragrant.

  5. Keep stirring frequently to prevent burning. Once roasted, transfer them to a plate and let them cool.

  7. Step   2
  9. In the same pan, melt the ghee over low heat. Add brown sugar and water to the pan. Stir continuously until or sugar melts completely and forms a syrup.

  11. Step  3
  13. You can add cardamom powder or other flavourings at this stage if desired.

  15. Once the syrup reaches a thick consistency (you can check by dropping a small amount into a bowl of water - it should form a soft ball), turn off the heat and add the roasted sesame seeds to the syrup.

  17. Step 4
  19. Mix well until all the sesame seeds are coated with the syrup.

  20. Allow the mixture to cool slightly until it's cool enough to handle but still warm.

  22. Step 5
  24. Grease your palms with a little ghee to prevent sticking, then take small portions of the mixture and shape them into balls by pressing firmly between your palms.

  26. You may need to work quickly before the mixture cools and hardens.

  28. Step 6
  30. Place the sesame seed balls on a plate or tray lined with parchment paper to prevent sticking. Let them cool completely at room temperature. Once cooled, they are ready to serve.

Aside from simsim being a delicious snack, it has its nutritious benefits:

Rich in Nutrients

Sesame seeds, the primary ingredient in simsim balls, are packed with essential nutrients including protein, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc.

Source of Healthy Fats

Sesame seeds are particularly high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are beneficial for heart health when consumed in moderation.

Protein Content

Sesame seeds are a good source of plant-based protein, which is essential for muscle growth, repair, and overall body function.

Dietary Fiber

Sesame seeds contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, which aid in digestion, promote satiety, and help regulate blood sugar levels.

Energy Boost

 Sesame seeds are a concentrated source of energy due to their high fat and protein content, making simsim balls a convenient and nutritious snack option for boosting energy levels throughout the day.


 Simsim balls can be customized with additional ingredients such as dried fruits, nuts, or honey, providing additional nutrients and flavour variations while still retaining their nutritious benefits.

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