Lohriand Makar Sankranti are few days away and Indian markets are flooded with pretty sights of gajak, popcorn, revari and chikkis – popular treats only winter can offer and a must- have at any Lohricelebration. Lohri, the bonfire festival celebrates new beginnings and a time to appreciate the elements of nature for a great harvest season and prized crops. Just like Lohri, Makar Sankranti is celebrated throughout India as a harvest festival. Read all about Indian festivals here.
RECIPE DETAIL – Sesame seeds also known as gingelly seeds are hot in nature and therefore used in winters to prepare sweets. Today recipe – Til and Gur Patti or til chikki recipe (Sesame seeds brittle) is prepared with sesame seeds and jaggery (gur).
Nothing complicated, under 30 minute recipe. Dry roast sesame seeds in a heavy bottomed pan and keep a watchful eye, it should not burn. Coarsely grind the seeds. Prepare a thick jaggery syrup and mix in the sesame seeds. I like to keep my til patti on a thick side but feel free to make a thin spread. Let it cool, cut into squares and enjoy!!
In a heavy bottomed pan dry roast sesame seeds on a low flame.
Roast until they turn light brown in color. Take it off the flame and let it cool.
Grind them coarsely in a mixer. Set it aside.
Meanwhile combine gur and water in a pan and bring it to a boil.
When the gur syrup becomes thick (almost like 2 string consistency) and coats the back of your spoon. Other way to check the consistency - take a bowl of tap water. Pour few drops of jaggery in water. If the drops solidifies and settle at the bottom of the bowl then the syrup is ready. Continue with the recipe but if the jaggery drops disintegrates then cook a bit longer until the first stage is attained.
Add coarsely grounded sesame seeds and...
Eliachi powder. Mix it well.
Grease a plate with ghee and spread the sesame mixture. Spread the mixture in a thin layer.
Allow it to cool down completely, then cut in squares and enjoy!! Good for 2-3 weeks.