It is an ingredient used in many traditional cuisines in Meghalaya and in many other Asian cuisines. It is known as “Nei iong” in Khasi and “Kali til” in Hindi.
Based on the different colors of the seed coat, sesame seeds are divided into white sesame, black sesame, and yellow sesame, of which white sesame and black sesame seeds are the most common.
Black sesame seeds impart a slightly more intense flavor which is strong and nutty with a crunch to it.
These seeds are known to be nutritious with high protein, low oil, and high melanin and are very versatile when it comes to their culinary uses.