7 months
By Atim Ukoh- Afrolems

Kantun Ridi is the hausa name for sesame seed candy also known as beniseed candy. Up until a few years ago, I never even knew sesame seeds were a huge part of our cuisine in Nigeria. Being a food blogger, you get to discover all kinds of interesting things from conversations with friends.

I had asked my travel blogger fulani friend Aisha about Christmas dishes in her house and while she was listing items on the table, ridi came up. She said it was a must for christmas in addition to chin chin and a host of other yummy dishes. I inquired a little bit more and she said it was almost like a brittle but sometimes people made it a bit more chewy or crispy but that it was preferential. I decided to jazz mine up with a bit of cinnamon. For me, I always believe that if a recipe calls for A and B, if C works with it, I will throw it in as well. Obviously, you can add more flavors if you feel up to it.

For this recipe, I made a very small batch because i was just experimenting with the idea but feel free to double the recipe or halve it if you are unsure. This recipe makes about 8-10 small pieces of kantun ridi cookies.




1/2 cup of Sesame seeds

1/4 cup of Sugar

1 tablespoon of Honey

1 teaspoon of Cinnamon powder



Wash sesame seeds and pan fry till dry and set aside.

In a separate pot, heat up your sugar, honey and cinnamon till thick.

Stir in your sesame seeds into the sugar mix.

With a spoon, scoop the sesame seeds onto a well oiled foil sheet or parchment paper

Allow it cool for a few seconds and mould into shapes with your hands.

Serve cool.