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.
Benefits and Uses
Health Benefits of Black Sesame Seeds?
Black sesame seeds are an excellent source of nutrients that supports health. Here are some of the health benefits of black sesame seeds.
- Rich in antioxidants - Black sesame seeds are rich in antioxidants and other healthy plant compounds.
- Good for digestion - The seeds are rich in omega-3 oils that the intestines lubricated and helps deal with constipation. The seeds are also rich in fiber content and hence, improves bowel movement.
- Aids in lactation - The seeds are rich in calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, B vitamins, unsaturated fats, and protein that helps in promoting lactation in nursing mothers.
- May help with stabilizing blood pressure - The seeds are rich in magnesium which helps in preventing high blood pressure. Sesamin, present in the seed oil helps in keeping the level of blood pressure in check.
- For stronger and healthier bones - The calcium content in the seeds helps in keeping the bones strong whereas the high content of zinc in it strengthening the bones and improves bone density.
- May promote healthy hair and skin - The seed contains many nutrients such as iron, zinc, fatty acids, antioxidants that are known to help promote healthy skin and hair. The iron and B vitamins in the seeds help fight age-related symptoms such as poor eyesight and grey hair.
Here are some ways you can use black sesame seeds
- Dry roast the seeds lightly under a low flame for a few minutes. The flavor of these seeds gets enhanced on roasting. Sprinkle these roasted seeds over salad, sandwich, stir-fried food items, or baked goods.
- Roasted or unroasted seeds can be mixed with yogurt or smoothies to give them that nutty flavor.
- Black sesame seed laddu
- 1 cup jaggery
- 2-4 tbsp water
- 1 cup black sesame
- 2 tbsp ghee
- Grated coconut for garnish
- In a pan, add jaggery, water and let it melt. Add black sesame, ghee and mix it well.
- Grease a plate with ghee. Add the sesame mixture and let it cool down.
- Apply water on the palm and make a laddu of the mixture. Garnish with grated coconut and serve.
- 2 tbsp ghee
What is the shelf-life of Black sesame?
Black sesame seeds can last for about 1-2 years if the seeds are properly stored in an airtight container in a cool and dry area as this will avoid the seeds from turning rancid.