Easy Sesame (Til) Fudge- Til Gul

Happy Makar Sankrant!! 
  • 1/2 cup roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 cup grated jaggery
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanut powder
  • 1 tbsp. Cardamom powder
  • 3-4 tbsp. Ghee (adjust as required) 

  1. Grind the sesame seeds, jaggery roasted peanut powder and cardamom powder to fine powder in a mixer.
  2. Transfer to a bowl.
  3. Using your fingertips separate the mixture, then slowly add few tsp. of ghee or clarified butter to bind everything together.
  4. Don't add too much ghee right away, add as required till you can form lime sized balls.  These are soft and tasty, unlike the hard sesame ladoos.
Enjoy as a snack during the day in the cold winter months as a natural warmer. We make these for a special festival in India called "Sankrant", which marks onset of spring, fresh harvest and a joyous occasion for farmers and newly wed brides. Women exchange small gifts and invite their neighbors over for some snacks, til gul and a small ritual is performed. The girls are offered "haldi - kumkum", a little spritz of a rose/lavender essence and a small gift, usually a house hold item. The Til-Gul symbolizes sweetness and warmth. You share these with family, friends and colleagues at work as a reminder to be kind and sweet to people around you. So the saying goes "til gul ghya, god god bola"- translation- enjoy these sesame balls and talk sweetly to those around you. 

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