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)
- Grind the sesame seeds, jaggery roasted peanut powder and cardamom powder to fine powder in a mixer.
- Transfer to a bowl.
- Using your fingertips separate the mixture, then slowly add few tsp. of ghee or clarified butter to bind everything together.
- 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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