Lohri and 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 Lohri celebration. 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!!