January 14, 2017
Til (sesame) laddu

A prevalent ingredient in Asian mythology, sesame seeds symbolise immortality and are revered for their medicinal value. Til laddoos are winter favourites as the high oil content in the seeds keeps our skin supple.

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Ingredients required:

  • 4 cups sesame seeds
  • ½ cup water
  • 1½ cups brown sugar or
  • powdered jaggery

Start with

  1. One cup of dry coconut, chopped finely into small pieces.
  2. Dry roast the sesame seeds until it is light brown
  3. Prepare syrup by boiling water and jaggery on low heat
  4. Add coconut pieces and simmer until syrup becomes thick and sticky.
  5. Turn the heat off
  6. Add sesame seeds and mix well
  7. Allow the mixture to cool down.
  8. Shape into balls quickly, serve or store in an airtight container.

Nutritive Value of sesame

  • Quantity - 1 tbsp
  • Energy – 45 cal
  • Carbohydrates – 1 gm
  • Protein – 2 gm
  • Fat – 4 gm

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Kadlekai (peanut) burfi

Ingredients required:

  • Shelled peanuts – 2 cups 
  • Grated jaggery – 11/2 cups
  • Ghee – 2 teaspoons
  • Cardamom powder – 1 pinch
  1. Roast peanuts till they turn deep reddish brown, taking care not to blacken them
  2. Add a teaspoon of ghee and roast for two minutes till the peanuts are evenly coated with ghee.
  3. While the peanuts are hot, add grated jaggery, wait till it begins to melt from the heat.
  4. Add cardamom powder, still the peanuts together with the jaggery and pour into a greased tray immediately.
  5. After it cools, break into pieces. Serve or store in an airtight container.

Nutritive Value of peanuts

  • 100 gm provides 560 Kcal of energy
  • Carbohydrates – 21gm
  • Fat – 48gm
  • Protein – 25gm
  • Calcium – 62mg
  • Iron – 2mg

This is a great teatime snack and an energy booster too.

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