Niger Seeds: Ramtil/ Ramtilla in Hindi

Niger Seed is black but usually sprouts into a yellow-colored flower. Guizotia Abyssinica is the scientific name and it is often mistaken for thistle seeds, which it isn’t. Niger Seed Nutrition Fat 39%, Fiber 11%, Protein 24%, Calcium 300%, Iron 57%.

In Western countries, Niger seeds are important components of birdseed mixtures. Niger seeds are good for birds because Niger seed is rich in oil and high in nutrition, this makes it an amazing food for garden birds all year round. It’s even better used as winter bird food as it will give an extra calorie hit to the garden birds that will help them store fat and keep them warm. The high protein count will help with the regeneration of feathers.

10 Health benefit of Niger seeds:

  1. Heart Health: Niger seed oil is quite beneficial than other typical vegetable oils to improve your cholesterol balance because these oils possess high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and linoleic acid. This can help lower your chances of heart attacks and strokes.
  2. Immune System: Niger seed oil certain anti-parasitic and antioxidants which are very helpful whenever applied or consumed. Niger seed ail cure infections and strengthen the overall immune system, for skin problems, apply Niger seed oil, and consume it for internal problems. Antioxidants help to neutralize free radicals, which can cause oxidative stress.
  3. Rheumatism: Niger seeds oil have quality for treating rheumatism and can give fast relief from it without any other side effects on health. Niger seeds have a special ability to heal complexion signs of rheumatism naturally. Niger seed oil rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory contents. These increases use in peoples, who are struggling with arthritis, gout, rheumatism, fever or high blood pressure like diseases. 
  4. Sleep Aid: Niger seed oil is rich in Magnesium, potassium, and zinc which are some of the key minerals that can affect the hormonal levels in the body. These minerals help to calm our 24-hour body clock. Our body needs proper rest for which mainly help magnesium. If you are suffering from insomnia or chronic restlessness while sleeping, then try to include some Niger seed oil for getting benefited.
  5. Cold and Flu: Niger seeds oil is highly beneficial in cold and flu. Regular massage of this oil extract on the chest, back and other parts of the body give relief from flu and cold.
  6. Gastrointestinal Issues: Niger oil can also help to reduce inflammation, and also protect against any bad bacteria in the gut that may be undermining your immune system or preventing proper nutrient uptake.
  7. Lowers Mood Swings: Niger seeds oil do have known acidic stability that also consists of a lower amount of unsaturated fats, therefore, there lower uncommon symptoms like mood swings, stress, and hypertension.
  8. Wound Healing: Niger seed oil is loaded with mineral and vitamin composition which stimulating healing and regrowth of cells and tissues. Protein, vitamin C contents are in niger oil helps the healing process, so including Niger oil to your daily diet can be also a good help for cholesterol issues. When recovering from an injury or surgery, switch to this oil for your culinary needs. Niger seed oil effects immediately on irritating wounds.
  9. Skin Care: If you are facing scars, burns, rashes or skin irritation, Niger seed oil is an excellent solution. Antioxidants found in this oil help to heal process and calm inflammation. Antioxidants can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and age spots.
  10. Weight Gain: If you are looking to weight gain than this is the perfect way to gain weight healthily. Sometimes after illness or any injury, we need to gain weight than consume Niger seed. This can balance your Omega – 3 S.

How to Consume:

In Ethiopia, Niger is a major source of edible oil; Ethiopian Niger seeds contain about 40% oil. In India, Niger oil is only 3% of oilseed production. Niger oil is pale yellow, with a nutty taste and a pleasant odor. It is mostly used for cooking, as well as for the extraction of perfume from flowers. Niger seeds are used as food in many Ethiopian dishes. 

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Karale / Khurasni / Niger Seeds chutney recipe:

Karale Chutney

Karale Chutney

Karale chutney is made from karale  / Khurasni  in Marathi or as Niger seeds in English. This chutney is famous in Maharashtra, India. The seeds are pounded with garlic and red chili powder to make a very tempting fiery chutney usually eaten with Bhakri (Jowar Roti) / Roti or hot rice. This chutney is also used as a filling for veggies like Brinjal, stuff Okra or stuff Capsicum.


Karale / Khurasni or Niger seeds – 1 cup , Garlic peeled (you may use less) – 10/12 Clows, Red chili powder (you can add more) – 2 tsp ,Salt – As per taste

Roast lightly the Niger seeds for 1-2 minutes; Grind all the ingredients to make a dry chutney. Serve this with hot Bhakri / Roti, chapati or Rice with groundnut oil or ghee.

Stuffed Veggies with Karale / Niger seeds recipe:


10 – 12 / medium-sized fresh and tender veg whole pieces, washed, and dried, 2 tbs oil, half lime Juice. Fresh coriander leaves for garnish.

Stuffing: onions peeled and grated – 2 medium-sized, roasted groundnut powder – ½ cup, Niger seeds chutney – 4 tsp, Kanda Lahsun (Onion garlic masala-optional) – 2 tsp, Salt – As per taste.

Recipe: Mix all the ingredients for stuffing. Stuff the Veggies with it. Heat oil in a pan, add the stuffed Veggies carefully. Cook for 3-4 minutes without stirring. Now pan-fry carefully Veggies. Cover the pan and cook for the 3-4 minutes. Add a few drops of lime juice and stir fry once again. After cooked well, garnish with fresh coriander leaves. Serve hot with Bhakri, Roti / Chapati or Rice.

Ethiopian dishes, condiments, and snacks: “litlit” or “chibito” is niger seeds roasted and ground with salt, then mixed with roasted cereals. They are traditionally served during coffee ceremonies. In Ethiopia, Niger oil cake is the main protein supplement for livestock

How to store:

Today, Niger oil is mostly processed in small, mechanized expeller mills. Usually, locally-extracted oil has a short storage life, but heating and storing in airtight containers can prolong it. Oil-rich Niger oil cake may have a short shelf-life.

Other Names:

noog (Ethio-Semitic nūg); niger, nyjer, or niger seed; ramtil or ramtilla; inga seed; and blackseed.


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