Tilgur or Til ke laddoo is a sweet prepared during Sankranti festival. Roasted sesame seeds are cooked in thick jaggery syrup and made into laddoos (balls) You can also add some mixed nuts, peanuts or raisins if you like. I have tweaked the recipe a bit and added little milk powder to give body to the laddooos. It is one of the traditional dish of Chattisgarh.
This month our group, " Shhhhhh Cooking Secretly" is doing the Chattisgarh Cuisine. My partner Seema Doraiswamy Sreeram who blogs at "Mildly Indian" chose perfect ingredients for me, Sesame Seeds and Jaggery appropriate for Sankranti. Do visit her lovely space to check out delicious recipes.
White sesame seeds ... 1 cup
Chopped nuts ............. 1/4 cup
Jaggery powder ......... 1 cup (I used organic jaggery)
Cardamom powder ..... 1/4 tsp
Milk powder ............... 2 tbsps (optional - not in the recipe but I have added)
Salt .......................... 1 pinch
Desi ghee / clarified butter ... 1 tbsp
Dry roast the Sesame seeds and set aside.
Dry roast the nuts (cashews, almonds and pistachios)
In a pan take jaggery and add 1/2 cup water. let it boil.
Simmer until it starts bubbling and becomes very thick.
Now add the roasted sesame seeds, nuts, pinch of salt, cardamom powder and milk powder.
Stir well to mix. Switch off the gas and keep stirring until it cools down.
When it is cold enough to handle make laddoos of the desired size.
Yield : 5-6 laddoos
Note: The milk powder is my addition and you can skip it. You can also add a pinch of nutmeg powder if you like.
Recipe Source: http://www.free-meditation.ca/archives/9519