Super Sesame

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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

One of my favourite salad dressings is tahini. Just add water, lemon juice, garlic and salt to sesame butter in a blender jar and you get this creamy dressing that transforms salads into a whole meal! Sometimes I use this on a steamed bouquet of vegetables or flavour it with herbs and spices for variety. When you use the highest quality ingredients, cooking becomes quick and easy. Nature is so abundant in flavours and nutrition. 

I never ate as well, nor cooked so quickly as I do now on an organic whole plant based diet! Do test out some of my favourite recipes from our website


A Video by Dr G D Agarwal

Dr G D Agarwal has gained so much by going on a whole plant based diet that he actually has created a video on youtube in Hindi called Khaana Badlo Jeevan Badlo, so that more people can start benefitting!  He has also dubbed CNN’s "The Last Heart Attack" in Hindi so that many more can benefit. Here he shares his and his wife Renu’s journey towards Health….

Renu was suffering with SARCOIDOSIS since 1999. Her left lung was affected. There was massive enlargement of abdominal and thoracic lymph nodes. There were many skin lesions. Liver was affected also. Later on we found that her heart was also involved, her ECG was not normal.(she had to undergo coronary angiogram because of it). Climbing stairs of even one floor was a big nightmare. Whole day & night she incessantly coughed. She was on steroids for 10 years.

In 2010 our whole family switched to a whole plant based diet. She became off steroids within 15 days. During subsequent months her tests became normal. Today she can climb five stories in one breath.

I am a surgeon by education. I was suffering with hypertension and diabetes. After switching to a whole plant based diet I lost 10 kg of weight, free of hypertension and achieved almost 70% reduction in diabetic medications. Today  I am active from morning till night & full of energy, and I am passionate about spreading this message.

Tahini Bliss Balls

There are many ways to use sesame seeds. Simply sprinkle them on top of your salads or add them in your baked breads. Garnishing them along with lemon juice on steamed broccoli tastes delicious. Even the sesame seed paste ‘tahini’ makes a good sandwich spread or a salad dressing. Or just have them added to a seed mix as a mouth freshener….

The Tahini Bliss Balls are really easy to make and can be a good option when a sweet craving arises….

Ingredients :

  • 3 cups of amaranth puffs
  • 200g of dates, chopped and pitted
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • ½ cup of tahini (sesame butter)
  • 50g sunflower seeds
  • 100g dried apricots or figs chopped
  • 100g sultanas
  • 100g walnuts chopped
  • 1 cup of dried coconut flakes


In a large bowl put the dates and cover with boiling water. Leave this to soak for half an hour. Strain the water off the dates into a separate bowl and mash them slightly. Don’t throw the date water away because you may need to add this to the mix if it becomes too dry to work with although the mix should remain firm. Add to the dates the tahini, cocoa, fruit, nuts and seeds and mix.

Pour this over the amaranth puffs. Mix well and then roll handfuls of the mixture into balls, compacting them together by squeezing a little. This is done easier with wet hands. Then roll each ball in the coconut and refrigerate.

Food for the Mind by A D Williams


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Seeds of Power

The humble sesame is rated as one of the world’s healthiest foods, and with much reason! Originating from India, legends state that they were considered a symbol of ‘immortality’.

One of the earliest condiments to be discovered, sesame seeds were also one of the first sources of oil.

While most know that sesame is great for calcium, there are many more reasons to add sesame seeds to your diet –

1. Full of Protein

2. Good for digestion as they have a high fibre content

3. Work to make the skin healthy


4. Good for eye health – black sesame seeds are the best for this


5. Encourages bone health due to high calcium

6. Helps lessen anxiety

This newsletter was compiled by SHARAN Associate Reyna K Rupani, who is based in Mumbai. She facilitates the Six Weeks to Health & Weight loss program and also conducts Health talks for schools, groups, corporates and more. Find out how she has benefited in so many ways by going on a whole plant-based diet here

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