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Sesame Seeds Stir Fry is a flavourful Andhra recipe of toasted and ground sesame seeds with a spicy seasoning. Andhra nuvvula kura is easy and delicious and the sesame flavour comes right through. Yum! Seasoned and spiced sesame seed paste tastes just wonderful when mixed with plain rice and ghee.

Sesame Seeds Stir Fry Recipe

Sesame Seeds Stir Fry

Most Indian households have sesame seeds in their pantry. Sesame seeds are called Nuvvulu in Telugu and Til in Hindi. You can make homemade sesame seeds stir fry with white hulled sesame seeds. Toasting the nuvvulu or sesame seeds helps cut down the bitterness and imparts a nutty flavour to the dish. So happy to get this simple and healthy white sesame seeds stir fry recipe from my dear friend MK.

The homemade chutney paste is loaded with nutrients. Sesame seeds are relatively high in copper and manganese and are an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, selenium, and dietary fiber. Sesame seeds help reduce cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Zinc-rich sesame seeds improve bone health.

Sesame Seeds Stir Fry Recipe:

nuvvula fry recipe

Sesame seeds curry dry fry is super simple and it has a fresh, bold flavour. Sesame seeds, toasted and ground and tempered with Indian spices, is a treat for your taste buds.

How to make white sesame seeds stir fry:

For this sesame seeds recipe, toast the raw sesame seeds in a dry pan over medium heat, stirring constantly. Once the sesame seeds start to get a little colour on them and a nice aroma fills the air, transfer the toasted nuvvulu to a dry plate and allow to cool down.

Raw sesame seeds for nuvvula vepudu recipe

You need to be careful while toasting nuvvulu as they take couple of minutes to get some colour on them but once they do they change fast!

Place the toasted sesame seeds in a mixie jar and dry grind to a smooth powder. Add water, a little at a time, and process, scraping the sides of the jar at intervals, until you get a thick and reasonably smooth paste.

grind toasted nuvvulu for til chutney recipe

The paste tastes slightly bitter on its own, but when you add a flavourful tempering and aromatic Indian spices, it tastes real good.

ground nuvvula paste for til chatni recipe

Heat a non-stick pan and add the prepared nuvulla paste. Saute the mixture till all the moisture evaporates. Remove and set aside.

saute the nuvvula mixture for sesame seeds recipe

Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add chana dal, mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Once they start to sizzle, toss in the curry leaves and broken dry red chilli. Sauté for a couple of seconds.

nuvvula fry tempering for white til recipe

Add the chopped garlic and chopped green chilli. Fry till the garlic starts to brown.

curry leaves and red chilli tempering for sesame seeds curry recipe

Add the chopped onions and fry till they turn slightly brown.

fry onions for til ki sabzi recipe

Add the dry spices – salt, turmeric and red chilli powder. Mix well.

spices for til ki sabzi recipe

Tip in the ground sesame seeds paste and combine well. Keep stirring on low-medium heat till it all starts to come together.

add ground til paste to seasoning for white sesame seeds curry recipe

Remove on to a serving bowl and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Nuvvula dry fry recipe

Serve Andhra Sesame Seeds Stir Fry with steamed rice, ghee and fries as a side.

Til ki Sabzi recipe

If you are looking for more sesame seeds recipes, do try out Bagara Baingan and Brinjal Tomato Curry.

Nuvvula Kura Dry Fry Recipe details below:

Sesame Seeds Stir Fry Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Nuvvula fry is a yummy curry full of flavour. The tiny, white oval sesame seeds have a nutty taste and a light crunch. Very popular in Asian cuisine, the seeds come in a variety of colours – black, white, yellow and red. Andhra nuvvula kura dry fry made with white sesame seeds is a fantastic add on to any meal. Naturally rich sesame seeds have an impressive nutritional profile.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Andhra
Servings: 3
Calories: 75 kcal
Author: Shil
  • Sesames seeds – ½ cup
  • Water – 5 tbsp
For tempering:
  • Onion – 1 medium chopped finely
  • Green chilli – 1 chopped finely
  • Garlic cloves – 3 finely chopped
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Dry red chilli – 1
  • Chana dal/Bengal gram – ½ tsp
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Cumin seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Salt – ½ tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Chilli powder – ¼ tsp
  • Oil – 1 ½ tsp
  • Coriander leaves – 1 tsp chopped
  1. To make homemade til ki sabzi all you need is some nuvvulu on hand and you’re ready to roll.
  2. Take ½ cup of white til seeds and toast lightly in a clean dry pan. Stir frequently on low heat until they turn a light golden brown. Toasting sesame helps make them less bitter.
  3. Allow the toasted nuvvulu to cool down for a few minutes.
  4. Add them to a clean mixie jar and grind to a smooth powder. Sesame seeds release oil when ground and tend to clump together. So run the mixie for short intervals, scraping down the sides.
  5. Add water, little by little and process the nuvvulu mixture into a smooth paste. Set aside.
  6. Place a non-stick pan on the stovetop over low-medium heat. Tip in the ground sesame paste and stir constantly, till the moisture evaporates. Keep aside.
  7. Heat about 1 ½ tsp of oil in a kadai on medium heat. Sizzle chana dal, mustard and cumin seeds.
  8. Add the curry leaves and dry red chilli. Saute.
  9. Add chopped garlic cloves and green chilli and fry till the garlic gets some colour.
  10. Add the chopped onions and fry till they turn slightly brown.
  11. Sprinkle turmeric, salt and red chilli powder. Mix well.
  12. Put in the ground nuvvulu paste and stir over low-medium heat till the mixture starts to leave the sides of the pan.
  13. Remove on to a serving bowl. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  14. Serve delicious Andhra Nuvvula Kura with hot steamed rice, dosa or chapati.

Recipe contributed by M. Komatineni

Sesame Seeds Stir Fry – Andhra Nuvvula Kura | White Til Ki Sabzi
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  4 Responses to “Sesame Seeds Stir Fry – Andhra Nuvvula Kura | White Til Ki Sabzi”

  1. This is a new reipe for me, will have to try this sometime. Sounds delicious

  2. I was wondering what to do with my open pack of sesame seeds. This is a great idea for using it. Thanks for the recipe!

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