Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

According to Helen Lee in her book "The Tao of Beauty," you can eat your way to great hair. Her Black Sesame Seed Soup can be eaten as a snack or even for dessert and supposedly provides skin and hair benefits. Helen Lee says the ingredients should be purchased fresh from your nearest Chinese grocer.


  1. Wash and drain the rice and the sesame seeds in separate containers.
  2. Stir-fry the sesames seeds in a dry skillet over low heat for approximately 5 minutes or until the heat releases their fragrance.
  3. Be careful to not let them burn.
  4. Grind the rice and toasted seeds with 1/4 cup of water in a blender or food processor.
  5. Pour the mixture plus an additional 1 3/4 cups of water into a medium-sized saucepan.
  6. Cook over medium heat for approximately 10 minutes, stirring often to avoid burning.
  7. Add sugar as desired to taste.