Ellu (ಎಳ್ಳು) is the Kannada name for Sesame Seeds or Sesamum indicum. It is also known as gingelly, til, benne seed and popularly as “Queen of Oilseeds” due to its high degree of resistance to oxidation and rancidity.
Ellu (ಎಳ್ಳು) is a reservoir of nutritional components with numerous beneficial effects along with health promotion in humans. They are available hulled (white sesame seeds) & unhulled (black sesame seeds).
Sesame seeds have one of the highest oil contents of any seed. With a rich, nutty flavor, it is a common ingredient in cuisines across the world.
They contain Vitamin E & several Vitamin B complexes with a high number of antioxidants, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-cancerous properties.
Sesame seeds contain oil, mineral ash, fibre, soluble carbohydrates & phytate and dietary minerals like magnesium, iron, calcium, zinc and phosphorus.