When Makar sankranti is just around the corner, the excitement gets higher and higher as the days pass.
Especially, the people of Gujarat state love Makar sankranti very much. We vibe with the same energy when there is a festival. Because festivals bring the family together.
Well, Makar sankranti is the festival of kites that we all know, but how can we forget the “Sesam laddu”? We call it “Til ke laddu”.
Every season, I wait for Makar sankranti not for the Kites, but for the Sweet “Til ke Laddu”.
Even you might be fond of this yummy snack. I have a simple yet easy recipe mentioned in this post if you want to make Til ke laddu at your home.
The ingredients are quite a kitchen handy, so you might not need to rush to the market.
1 or 2 cups of sesame seeds
1 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
1.5 cup jaggery (Gud)
A pinch of cardamom powder (optional)
In a pan, roast the sesame over medium heat until it becomes fragrant and turns a few shades darker. You can use white sesame or black as per your choice. Keep stirring it so it will be evenly roasted. This will take about 5-7 minutes. Stirring is necessary to prevent the sesame from burning.
Once the sesame is roasted, transfer it to another vessel. And put 1 tbsp of clarified butter in the pan to heat. Let the ghee melt completely. Then add 1.5 cups of jaggery (Gud) and mix well. The mixture will become crumbly and viscous. Keep stirring and let the mixture get a perfect consistency.
Transfer the roasted sesame seeds to this hot mixture. Add the cardamom powder (if using) and mix well.
Turn off the flame and keep mixing until you are satisfied. Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes until it is cool enough to handle. If you cool it completely, it will freeze where it is. So make sure you handle it cautiously.
Wet your hands slightly and take small amounts of the mixture and roll them into balls. You should be able to make around 16-18 laddu balls with this mixture.
Transfer the laddu balls to a plate and allow them to cool completely. You can taste it hot if you love to.
By Soniya Goyal from Jaipur, India - Til Ke Laddu Recipe A Traditional Dessert Of Indian Cuisine By Sonia Goyal, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=56882694
Serve the laddu as a sweet treat.
Laddu can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week at room temperature.
Note: You can also add other ingredients to the laddu mixture to give it a different flavor. For example, you can add chopped nuts (such as almonds, pistachios, or cashews), raisins, or dried coconut flakes.
The bottom line:
I hope you enjoy making this traditional Indian sweet! Let me know if you have any questions or need further clarification on any of the steps.
Author: Raj Padvi