Turn to home for inspiration

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Whenever I feel lost, I take a walk down the memory lane for some inspiration. Born and brought up in Assam I have always had a special spot for our indigenous cuisine. Assamese cuisine is one such cuisine which has not been explored much. And my idea is to create dishes with a little twist of my own…the Assamese Twist!!

After rice, Sesame is one such ingredient which is available in abundance and is used in a variety of dishes. It is used as a filling with coconut and Jaggery in our ‘pithas’ (a traditional sweet from the region). But not just in sweets, sesame is used in savoury dishes too.

Local chicken cooked in a paste of sesame is a personal favorite. So I decided to reinvent this dish as “Black sesame skewers”. A handful of ingredients and the kebabs turn tender and juicy with the flavors of sesame and pepper shining through.

Black Sesame Chicken Skewers

Recipe for Black Sesame Chicken Skewers

Chicken 500gms
Sesame seeds 2 tbsp
Garlic Cloves 2 medium sized
Paprika/Red Chilli Powder 1/4 Tsp
Black peppercorn 1/2 Tsp
Mustard Oil 1 tbsp
Lemon 1/2
Salt as per taste


  • Soak the sesame seeds and black peppercorn overnight and blend it into a paste along with garlic and a little water.
  • Marinate the chicken pieces with black sesame, paprika, and mustard oil. After 15 min, mount the chicken cubes on skewers.
  • Heat a grill pan and once the pan is hot enough let the skewers sizzle. drizzle a little oil occasionally
  • Grill for two minutes and turn the skewers once a side is done
  • Serve with lemon slices and a dip of your choice

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