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Gingelly Oil

Health Benefits of Sesame Oil (Nallennai) Sesame oil (Nallennai) is also popularly called as Gingelly oil, which is widely used in South Indian cooking. The problem is, the manual processing that sesame seeds require means that there will always be more of a demand than a supply. Gingelly Chekku oil is also called ‘sesame oil’. Considered to be sacred and ideal for the Lamp, Gingelly oil is used in most temples in India. The nature of sesame oil is “Satvic”, meaning pure. Sesame oil lamp fire has reduced soot while burning.

Gingelly oil is used extensively in South Indian cooking. For thousands of years, it was observed to bring many health benefits. Sesame seeds were one of the first crops processed for oil as well as one of the earliest condiments. In fact, the word ‘ennai’ that means oil in Tamil language has its roots in the Tamil words “eL” and “nei”, which mean sesame and fat.

Health Benefits

It is a vegetable oil that is naturally trans fat-free, cholesterol free, and low in saturated fats. Peanut oil is high in unsaturated fats, especially monounsaturated fat, like the one found in olive oil. It is also a source of the antioxidant vitamin E and phytosterols, which benefit heart health.

  • 1. Helps in preventing Diabetes

  • 2. Increases HDL Cholesterol level and reduces LDL (Bad) Cholesterol levels as it contains Phytosterols that helps in blocking Bad Cholesterol production.

  • 3. Protects heart's health and reduces BP (Blood Pressure)

  • 4. Its anti-cancer compounds like Magnesium, Phytosterols & Phytic acid prevents cancer

  • 5. Contains high quality protein and fibre for proper digestion

  • 6. Highly recommended for those with weakness & anaemia

Cooking Use in Gingelly Oil
  • 1. One type of sesame oil, a pale yellow liquid with a pleasant grain-like odor and somewhat nutty taste, is used as frying oil. A second type of oil, amber-colored and aromatic, is made from pressed and toasted sesame seeds and is used as a flavoring agent in the final stages of cooking.

  • 2. Despite sesame oil's high proportion (41%) of polyunsaturated (omega-6) fatty acids, it is least prone, among cooking oils with high smoke points, to turn rancid when kept in the open. This is due to the natural antioxidants, such as sesamol, present in the oil.

  • 3. Light sesame oil has a high smoke point and is suitable for deep-frying, while dark sesame oil (from roasted sesame seeds) has a slightly lower smoke point and is unsuitable for deep-frying. Instead it can be used for the stir frying of meats or vegetables, sautéing, or for the making of an omelette

  • 4. Sesame oil is most popular in Asia, especially in Korea, China, and the South Indian states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu, where its widespread use is similar to that of olive oil in the Mediterranean.