According to Assyrian legend, when the gods met to create the world, they drank wine made from sesame seeds. In Orissa, Raashi ladu (sweet made of Sesame) is a must as an offering to Lord Ganesha. White sesame seeds mixed with rice are offered to the gods and seers of the Veda. Both of these offerings are called tarpanam. Sesame oil is used to pacify the malefic effect of Lord Shani (Saturn). Sesame is grown primarily for its oil-rich seeds, which come in a variety of colors, from cream-white to charcoal-black. The small sesame seed is used whole in cooking for its rich nutty flavor and sweet taste. Can be sprinkled on variety of vegetables, noodles and even on rice, in pie crusts as well as can be used as a substitute for nuts. It can be garnished on various starters or a crispy coating on various food items. Black sesame seeds have more distinct flavorful and stronger aroma. These natural black sesame seeds are rich in calcium, protein and vitamin –B. Toasting of black sesame seeds release beneficial chemical as well as enhance the flavor.