Sesame Snaps (Sisin) Croquants au sésame

Sesame Snaps (Sisin) Croquants au sésame


Sesame snaps make for a great snack and they keep well. In Brava, these treats were always available when we visited relatives. Grandmothers and aunts, in particular, “had” to have them stashed in large tins and they would hand out one or two of these brittles to their nephews and nieces whenever they visited them. Never mind the cavities; the sugary crispiness was awesome. Childhood memories…

Sesame snaps (Sisin in Somali) are also popular in other parts of Somalia. In Brava, they are known as Zinoorho za Mashtaayta. They are called Mashatta when made into balls.

This recipe has very few ingredients: sesame seeds, sugar, and a little oil for rolling out the sesame paste. The oil can be eliminated altogether if you roll out the sesame paste on parchment paper.

When making sesame balls, it is better to reduce the sugar, so your teeth can get less of a workout. Biting into a sesame ball is much more difficult than tackling a thin sheet that crumbles easily.


Les croquants au sésame font un très bon en-cas et ils se conservent très bien. A Brava, ces sucreries étaient toujours servies lorsque nous visitions la famille. Les grands-mères et tantes, en particulier, se faisaient un devoir d’en garder de grandes quantités dans des grandes boites en fer et elles donnaient un ou deux croquants à leurs neveux et nièces quand ils venaient les voir. Qu’importe les caries, ces croustillantes sucreries étaient grandioses. Souvenirs d’enfance…

Les croquants au sésame (Sisin en Somali) sont aussi populaires dans d’autres régions de Somalie. A Brava, ils sont connus sous le nom de Zinoorho za Mashtaayta. Ils sont appelés Mashatta quand ils sont présentés en boules.

Cette recette a très peu d’ingrédients: graines de sésame, sucre, et un peu d’huile pour étaler la pâte de sésame. L’huile peut être supprimée entièrement si vous étalez la pâte de sésame sur du papier sulfurisé.

Si vous faites des boules de sésame, c’est mieux de mettre moins de sucre, comme ça vos dents sont moins sollicitées. Mordre dans une boule au sésame est beaucoup plus difficile que d’attaquer une feuille fine qui s’effrite facilement.




2 cups                    Sesame seeds
1 cup                     Sugar (Reduce to 3/4 cup if making sesame balls)
1 tsp                      Oil (for rolling out the sesame paste)


Waxa loo baahanyahay:   

(Q.W. waa qaaddo weyn – midda cunnada lagu cuno) (q.y. waa qaaddo yar)

2 koob                    Sisin
1 koob                    Sokkor (Koob rubi dhiman haddaad rabtid inaad kuuskuustid)
1 q.y.                     Saliid (meesha aad ku-fidinaysid mari)

Sida loo kariyey waxaa ka-fiirsataa ‘video’ga.



2 mesures de Graines de Sésame
1 mesure de Sucre (réduire à ¾ de mesure si vous faites des boules au sésame)
1 cc d’Huile (pour étaler la pâte de sésame)



Toast the sesame seeds for 4 to 5 minutes on medium heat, or until they become crunchy. Stir frequently to ensure even toasting. Transfer to a bowl.

Preheat the same pot on medium heat and melt the sugar gradually, adding a little sugar at a time. From time to time, lift the pot and use a swirling motion to mix. Do not stir. Melting the sugar will take 4 to 5 minutes.

With the pot still on medium heat, add the toasted sesame seeds and stir vigorously until the mixture becomes homogenous (about 1 minute). Do not leave on the heat for longer than that, otherwise the sesame paste will harden.

Wrap a large cutting board with aluminum foil and coat with 1 teaspoon of canola oil. Transfer the sesame paste on to the cutting board. Using a rolling pin, roll out the sesame paste into the desired thickness. We like the sesame snaps to be very thin.

Use a sturdy knife to cut into diamonds or squares. You should do the cutting while the sesame paste is still warm and soft.

For sesame balls, start shaping the balls with your hands while the sesame paste is still very warm and pliable. Use a spoon to scoop or wear food-safe gloves. Start with the outer edges and work your way inwards.



Faire griller les graines de sésame pendant 4 à 5 minutes à feu moyen, ou jusqu’à ce qu’elles deviennent croustillantes. Mélanger régulièrement pour que les graines grillent uniformément. Transférer dans un bol.

Préchauffer la même casserole à feu moyen et faire fondre le sucre progressivement, en l’ajoutant petit à petit. De temps en temps, soulever la casserole et faire tourner pour bien mélanger. Ne pas remuer. Faire fondre le sucre prendra 4 à 5 minutes.

La casserole toujours sur feu moyen, ajouter les graines de sésame et mélanger vigoureusement jusqu’à ce que le mélange devienne homogène (environ 1 minute). Ne pas laisser sur le feu plus longtemps que ça, sinon la pâte de sésame durcit.

Recouvrir une grande planche à découper d’aluminium et l’enduire avec 1 cuillère à café d’huile de colza. Transférer la pâte de sésame sur la planche à découper. Avec un rouleau à pâtisserie, étaler la pâte de sésame à l’épaisseur désirée. Nous aimons nos croquants très fins.

Utiliser un couteau large pour couper en losanges ou en carrés. Vous devez faire la découpe pendant que la pâte de sésame est encore chaude et molle.

Pour les boules au sésame, commencer à former les boules avec vos mains pendant que la pâte de sésame est toujours très chaude et malléable. Utiliser une cuillère pour mouler ou bien des gants alimentaires. Commencer par les bords externes puis travailler vers l’intérieur.

Steps for preparing the sesame snaps - Étapes pour préparer les croquants au sésame 

1. Faire griller les graines de sésame (4-5 min). 2. Ajouter le sucre progressivement, en petites quantités, dans la casserole préchauffée à feu moyen. 3. Attendre que le sucre soit complètement fondu avant d’en ajouter une autre couche. 4. Soulever la casserole et faire tourner le sucre pour mélanger. Ne pas touiller. 5. Lorsque le sucre est complètement fondu (4-5 min), mélanger avec une cuillère en bois. 6. Ajouter les graines de sésame grillées. 7. Bien mélanger jusqu’à homogénéisation (1 min). 8. Étaler sur une surface légèrement huilée. La pâte peut être étalée aussi fine que vous voulez. 9. Pendant que la pâte est encore chaude etmalléable, découper les formes désirées.

Sesame Snaps (Sisin) Croquants au sésame


Sesame Snaps (Sisin) Croquants au sésame




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50 Responses to Sesame Snaps (Sisin) Croquants au sésame
  1. um hanad
    February 14, 2012 | 8:39 am

    maasha alaah aad & aad ayaad u mahadsantihiin walaalayaal

    • A&L
      February 15, 2012 | 2:03 pm

      Adigaa mahadda mudan.

  2. hani abdi
    February 14, 2012 | 9:37 am

    mansha alah aad iyo aad ayad umahadsan tahay walashy jizakalah khayiir macaanto waxaa soo geli saa cakega sida loo suubiyo adoo mahadsan

    • A&L
      February 15, 2012 | 2:02 pm

      Insha-Allah waan soo gelin doonnaa dhoor nooc oo doolshe (cake).

  3. sofia
    February 15, 2012 | 2:06 pm

    hi leyla i love the sisin i hope you show us qumbe next. Thanxs leyla for your time and effort.

    • A&L
      February 15, 2012 | 2:43 pm

      We will post a recipe for Qumbe (Coconut Bars), God willing.

  4. fay
    February 17, 2012 | 2:55 pm

    you need to post shushumo and balbalo!

    • A&L
      February 18, 2012 | 9:37 pm

      We will post both, God willing.

  5. hani abdi
    February 18, 2012 | 3:42 am

    asc macaan xagee joogtaa adigu wadankee qofbaa igu dhahay soomaliya baay joogtaa

    • A&L
      February 18, 2012 | 9:49 pm

      Wacalaykum assalaam. Annaga waxaan joognaa Ontario, Canada. Inoo duceey in Eebbe annaga oo dhan isku kaaya keeno Soomaaliya, waddanka oo nabad iyo barwaaqo ah, iyo annaga oo nabad ah. Ameen.

  6. abdikarim
    February 18, 2012 | 1:31 pm

    waad kumahasan tihiin soo bandhigida contada dhaqanka somaliya tariikhda ayaa ka gali doontaan baal dahab ah

    • A&L
      February 18, 2012 | 9:54 pm

      Walaal abdikarim, mahadda adigaa mudan. Waad ku mahdsantahay faalladaas wacan.

  7. Fatima
    February 26, 2012 | 1:18 pm

    You made an amazing recipe site and a great history book! I enjoy the stories about the food and the somali culture so much! Please keep up the good work!!

    I will wait insha Allah for the qumbe recipe! I tried to make it… but with no success :P

    A lot of love from me to you!!

    • A&L
      February 26, 2012 | 1:28 pm

      Thank you visiting Xawaash and for taking the time to comment. We will post a recipe for Qumbe very soon as there is a chorus of voices all asking for it.

  8. Fatima
    February 26, 2012 | 4:57 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I just made it and I am very happy with the result. I have one question. After I mixed the sesame with the sugar, there where some sesame sticking to the pot. How do I prevent this?

    • A&L
      February 26, 2012 | 6:14 pm

      You have to work very fast and you have to stir vigorously to prevent the sesame from sticking to the pan. Remember, practice makes perfect. Thanks for the query.

  9. sehrish mehmood
    February 28, 2012 | 10:46 pm

    wowwwwww…looks yummy and super easy

    • A&L
      March 1, 2012 | 7:47 pm

      Thank you!

  10. umu yahya
    February 29, 2012 | 4:34 pm

    asc waa idiin salameyaa mashaa alah walaalayaa ilaahay qeyr badan ha idiinka siiyo badan ayaa idiinka faa ideestey thank you laakiin macsharada way ii toosi weysay please nooga faa idey baalbaalow iyo shushuumow thank you.

    • A&L
      February 29, 2012 | 7:26 pm

      Wacalaykum Assalaam Waraxmatullaahi Wabarakaautuhu
      Macsharada maxeey kuugu toosi weysay? Bariiska nooca ku masawirran ma isticmaashay? Noocyaha kale ma ku toosayso. Koobka aad wax ku cabbirtay ma yahay 237mL? Na la socodsii sababta ay u toosi weysay.

      Hadduu Ilaahey yiraahdo waan soo gelin doonnaa waxyaabaha kale aad dalbatay.

  11. umuyahya
    March 5, 2012 | 10:13 pm

    asc walalayaal qeyr badan ilaahay ha idiinka siiyo sida wanaagsan oo aad dadka uqancisaan oo aad su alaheena nooga soo jawaabtaan baarakalaahu fiikum washukran calaa ijaabah jamiilah marka walalayaal waxaan rabaa only shushumow iyo baalbaalow macsharadana markale ayaan isku deyeyaa aniga waxaan isticmalaa 1cup iyo bariiska deerta kuqoranyahay sidaan sawirka ku arkay lay usameeyay laakiin wax yer ayay waxay iga noqotay ma ogi sifiican ma u karin miyaa teeda kale taawada aad isticmaalayso ma haysto waxaan isticmaalay mid yera udhow thank you

    • A&L
      March 7, 2012 | 8:30 pm

      WCS Umu Yahya. Insha-Allaah waan soo gelin doonnaa shushumowga iyo macmacaannda kale. Mahadsanid, khayrna waan kuu rajeynaynaa.

  12. Nawaalah
    March 12, 2012 | 10:23 am

    ASC Thank you so much. walashiis you Recipes is good and perfect.
    allah hakuxifdo you guys well done!

    • A&L
      March 12, 2012 | 11:48 pm

      Wacalaykum Assalaam Waraxmatullaahi Wabarakaatuhu,
      Thank you very much for taking the time to comment. It is appreciated.

  13. fadma
    March 23, 2012 | 5:21 pm

    SCW,walaashey waan ku salaamay,salaan ka dib weli ma aan arag websit kan
    mid ka fiican ,waxaaad tahay qof u qalanta in lagu magacaabo miss chef
    haddii aad tahay ma aan sheegin.Ilaah ha kaa ajarsiiyo aad baan ugu faa,iideysanay cumta karintaada fiican.

    • A&L
      March 25, 2012 | 8:32 pm

      Wacalaykum Assalaam Waraxmatullaahi Wabarakaatuhu,
      Abaayo waad ku mahadsantahay hadalladaada wacan. Chefs ma nihin dad iska dadaalaaya ayaan nahay.
      Jazaakillaah khayr.

  14. Manal
    March 25, 2012 | 4:44 am

    walle waa yaab!!!! I never thought it’s that simple!!! Thanks a gain walaalayaal … I can’t imagine my life without xawaash site ;)

    • A&L
      March 25, 2012 | 8:42 pm

      With comments like these, this website is becoming enjoyable for us!

  15. amal
    March 27, 2012 | 3:38 pm

    aswrwb marka hore thanks alot for all of ur recipes , sisinta wasameey kuuskuus ka dhigey wey iga adkaatay dhagax camal marku qaboobey do u have any tips thanks walalahey

    • A&L
      March 28, 2012 | 9:46 pm

      Wacalaykum Assalaam Waraxmatullaahi Wabarakaatuhu,
      Markaad rabtid inaad kuuskuustid waxaa larabaa sokorta rubac koob inaad ka dhintid. Ingredients-ka wuu ku qoran yahay.

  16. f&m
    April 19, 2012 | 7:04 am

    scww aad iyo aad ayaan u xiisaynaayay in aan arko action ahaan adinkoo karinaayaan sisinta wax yaabaha dasnbe aad soo galinaysaan noogu sameeya fiidiyow ahaan si aan uga bogano taana waad ku mahadsantihiin scww

    • A&L
      April 19, 2012 | 8:42 pm

      Wacalaykum Assalaam Waraxmatullaahi Wabarakaatuhu,
      Recipe walba aan soo gelino video ayuu wataa. Kuwii hore-na qaar ayaan dib ugu noqonay waan u samaynay video. Hadduu Ilaahay iddmo inta hartayna tartiib ayaan video u samayn doonnaa. Mahadsanid.

  17. Yasmina
    May 9, 2012 | 11:47 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I tried a lot of recipes from you and they all came out wonderful. I made these sesame snaps a half hour ago and it was easy and it taste delicious.

    Lots of love from Sweden.

    Ma3a Salama…

    • A&L
      May 9, 2012 | 11:15 pm

      Thank you for very much for your nice comment.

  18. ayaan
    May 11, 2012 | 6:00 pm

    asc walaalayaal waxaa tihiin walaalo qiimo badaan waana ku mahadasaantihiin waqatiga aad noo hurateen waxaansaa doonaya inaan idiin weyediyo sisinta waa aye iga adakataa maraar kala duwaan ayaan sameyaaye ma aqaano wax aan qaladaye

    • A&L
      May 11, 2012 | 11:13 pm

      Wacalaykum Assalaam Waraxmatullaahi Wabarakaatuhu,
      Midda koowaad, sokorta iyo sisinta markaad isku dartid waxbadan dabka ha-uddaynin. Midda labaad, sokorta qiyaasta la-rabo hadday ka badan tahay sisinta way adkaanaysaa. Hadday ku yaraatona way burburaysaa isma qabanayso. Mahadsanid.

  19. Xafsa
    May 26, 2012 | 2:40 pm

    Mash’Allah… waa mahadsantihin in badan walalayaaal ilaah haniga ajir siiyo macmacaankeeni ayaa noo fududeseen inaa si sahlan ku barano oo ku sameesano :)

    Su’aal ayaa qabaa walalayaal Labaniyada sida loo sameeyo managa caawin kartiin idinkoo mahadsan???

    • A&L
      May 26, 2012 | 11:45 pm

      Waad ku-mahadsan tahay faalladaada fiican. Hadduu Ilaahey idmo waan soo gelin doonnaa Labaniyad.

  20. ummu Akram
    May 28, 2012 | 7:00 am

    asalaamu caleykum walaal waad ku mahad san tihiin sida wanagsan ee mar walba wax inoogu fa i deysaan kln su´aal walaal sisinta hadii aan ka dhigo 2 koob sokorta imisa ayan ka dhigayaa mahad sanid

    • A&L
      May 29, 2012 | 12:36 am

      Wacalaykum Assalaam Waraxmatullaahi Wabarakaatuhu,
      Sokorta hal koob ayaa ka-dhigaysaa. Mahadsanid walaal.

  21. safia
    August 17, 2012 | 6:38 pm

    asc wr wb walal wad maxad santihiin maa sha alah web aad ayaan ugu hilay jzklq walal ma sha allah waxan samaystay sisimta aad ayay igu ficnaatay wadmahadsantihin walalayaal jzklq

    • A&L
      August 18, 2012 | 11:58 am

      Wacalaykum assalaam waraxmatullaahi wabarakaatuh,
      Waan ku-faraxsan nahay inaad jeclaatay Xawaash iyo Soo’da Sisinta. Waxaan rajaynaynaa waxyaabaha kalena inaad isku daydid. Mahadsanid walaal.

  22. saynib
    October 24, 2012 | 11:53 am

    asc walaal nanacloos nosogeliya


    • A&L
      October 24, 2012 | 6:14 pm

      Wacalaykum Assalaam Waraxmatullaahi Wabarakaatuh,
      Hadduu Ilaahay yiraahdo waan soo gelin doonnaa. Ciid Wanaagsan.

  23. Umi
    November 28, 2012 | 11:42 pm

    Asalamu Calykum brother. Mashallah first of all I would love to say you are all doing amazing job. Jakallah Kheir. I am happy you guys put up all of my favorite food from Barawa as I am one. I love this siisiin receive as well. I wanted to know will you guys put up a recipe for Lado in the future? If you are familiar what I am referring to. Thank you so much once again.

    • A&L
      November 30, 2012 | 9:21 pm

      Wacalaykum Assalaam Waraxmatullaahi Wabarakaatuh.
      Thank you very much for your nice comment. We are happy you like the recipes. God willing, we will post the recipe for Laddu in the near future.

    • A&L
      December 1, 2012 | 7:23 pm

      Wacalaykum Assalaam Waraxmatullaahi Wabarakaatuh.
      Aad iyo aad ayaa u-mahadsan tahay walaal. Qaboojiyaha (fridge) waa meesha caadiga oo biyaha qaboojisa, barafkana (freezer) waa meesha biyaha baraf ka-dhigta.

  24. fatma harbi
    April 14, 2013 | 5:45 am

    maasha allaah walaahi waxaan qirayaa in aad tihiin macalinka aduunka uga fahansiin og maasha allaah ilaahayga baariga ah ha idiinka abaal mariyo ani run ahaan tii ma aqaan waxaan idiinku amaano ileen waxwalba waad iiga qiima badan tihiina

    • A&L
      April 15, 2013 | 10:53 pm

      Ilaahay ha kaa abaal mariyo hadalada wacan. Waan ku faraxnay. Mahadsanid walaal.

  25. fatma harbi
    April 14, 2013 | 5:51 am

    waaw waaw ilma ahayn inaan barandoono macmacaanka aan maanta halkaan ka bartey waxaan raajicinaayey waqti aad u fog maantana walaalahayga macaan waxaad igu barteen wax saacad ka yar jisaakama laah wxn idiinka codsanayaa dhamaan xawaash ,com hadii ay jiraan wax cajalooyin oo maqal iyo muu qaal leh oo ku baxa luuqdaha ingr,iyo soomaliga in aad ii soo gudbisaan tlfkiina aan idiinkula soo xariiro hadii ay macquul tahay raalina iga ahaada hadaad wax qalad ah kala kulantaan qoraalkeyga sidaa iyo jawaab wacan

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We are a husband and wife team and we live in Canada. In a world full of food complications, we make cooking very simple. Our recipe videos will make your cooking easy, relaxed and enjoyable. We bring you the foods we love from Somalia and from around the world.