Sunday, 24 January 2016


Sesame seeds are excellent source of copper, manganese, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorous,
vitamin B1, molybdenum, selenium and dietary fiber. In addition to this assortment of nutrients, they have packed with two unique substances called sesamin, and sesamolin belong to a group of special fibers called lignans which have been shown to have a cholesterol-lowering effect on humans and to prevent high blood pressure and enriched vitamin E supplements.Sesamin is also found to be the fine protector of the liver from an oxidative damage. 

The Biological name of sesame seeds is Sesamum Indicum.

Sesame is among the seeds rich in quality vitamins and minerals. They are very good sources of B complex vitamins such as niacin, folic acid, thiamin (vitamin B1) pyridoxine(vitamin B6) and riboflavin.

100 gm sesame seeds contain 97 ug of folic acid  about 25% of recommended daily intake. Folic acid is essential for DNA synthesis. When given to expectant mothers during their preconception period, it may prevent neural tube defects in the newborns.

niacin is another B complex vitamin found abundantly in sesame seeds. About 4.5 mg or 28% of daily required levels of niacin is provided by just 00 g of seeds. Niacin helps reducing in LDL cholesterol levels in the blood. In addition it enhances GAB activity inside the brain, which in turn helps reduce anxiety and neurosis.

Jut a handful of sesame seeds a day provides enough recommended levels of phenolic anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins and  protein.

Open Sesame - the famous (mantra) phrase from the Arabian nights reflects the distinguishing feature of the sesame seed pod which bursts open to release seeds when it reaches  maturity.

Sesame seeds feature delicate nutty flavor. Their flavor indeed becomes more pronounced once they gently toasted under low flame heat for a few minutes.

This recipe is a special side dish for hot rice.

This Ellupodi goes very well with all South Indian breakfast dishes.
Please take a look on preparation of ELLUPODI.

Ingredients :

Sesame seeds two cups
Country coriander seeds one tablespoon
Curry leaves half cup
Red chillies four or five as per your choice
Asafoetida one pinch
Jaggery one spoon
Salt required


Dry roast the red chillies, curry leaves, coriander seeds for a while.
Add sesame seeds to roast and let all the sesame seeds be puffed.
Let the flame be in medium level.
Add tamarind, jaggery, salt, asafoetida.
Saute for a while in low flame and switch off the flame.
Be cautious in roasting. adjust the flame level and roast the ingredients without burning.
Keep aside to cool.
Blend the ingredients to a coarse powder.
This Ellupodi is now ready.
Transfer the powder in a dry airtight container and use with ghee or gingelly oil.
This fascinating Ellupodi is the best combination to hot steamed rice. It pairs very well with idli, dosais and paniyarams and other main dishes.

sesame seeds, coriander seeds, red chillies, curry leaves, asafoetida, salt tamarind and jaggery.

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