Saturday, 9 January 2016

Sesame Seeds

Sesame Seeds or तीळ, are an oilseed crop that grows in pods. These seeds are small, flattened-teardrop shaped and have a a delicate nutty flavour.There's two varieties, the hulled white sesame, which is popularly used in cooking and the second is the unhulled  black or the golden-ish.

The seeds are known to be heat-producing and are thus consumed on the occasion of Makar-Sankranta, which marks the arrival of spring. Sesame have the highest oil content among the seeds. It is used in some parts of India as cooking oil and as a preservative in pickle making. Sesame oil, amongst others, is considered very beneficial by Ayurveda for massage. These seeds are very commonly used in a variety of cuisines.Sesame seeds are either used as whole, in Tilgul Ladoo, or in powder form in soft Tilgul Wadi and Gulachi Poli. They are commonly sprinkled on buns to add crunch while imparting their delicate nutty flavour. In some cuisines the black variant of til is also used. Black sesame is known to increase blood formation and also as an effective aid against constipation. 

Nutritionally the seeds have a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, fibre and vitamin-B. The fatty acids in the seeds helps decrease bad cholesterol. It's anti oxidant properties help reduce the risk of free radicals.It is rich in minerals like calcium magnesium copper which play very important roles in an array of tasks like bone development, blood production, regulation of muscle activities, regulation of blood pressure etc.

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