Sesame and jaggery squares, or Tilgud as it is better known across India, is usually made in January when the harvest season begins in the region. I always look forward to eating it during this time. I’m not sure why I don’t make it at any other time of the year, but I guess the rarity also makes it more special.
Makes about 8-10 square bites
- 1 cup white sesame seeds
- 1 cup jaggery
- 1 tbsp ghee
- ¼ cup roasted peanuts (skin removed)
- In a flat-bottomed pan on medium heat, roast the sesame seeds. Keep an eye on it so that it doesn’t burn. As soon as it starts to brown a little, turn off the heat and let it cool. You could use black sesame seeds or a mix of both. Just be aware that they have a stronger flavour.
- Grind the roasted peanuts coarsely. I find it a big chore to roast and remove the peels from raw peanuts, so I buy roasted unsalted peanuts and keep in the freezer to use for various other recipes as well.
- In another pan, put the ghee and jaggery on medium heat. Stir till the jaggery melts.
- Add the sesame and peanuts, and mix well for 30 seconds.
- Remove from heat, and place on a greased plate or flat surface.
- With a greased spatula (or use the back of a spoon) to flatten out the mixture to about ¾ of an inch thickness.
- Grease a knife and cut them into squares.
- Once it cools, it will harden a little and will be ready to eat.
Benefits of Sesame Seeds
Sesame seeds are a good source of fibre, protein, vitamin B, vitamin E, and is rich in anti-oxidants. It’s anti-inflamatory properties could help reduce joint pains as well. It also supports thyroid health as it has selenium.
Benefits of Jaggery
Jaggery is a less processed form of sugarcane. It can also be made with date, coconut or other palm trees. It is a much healthier sweetener option than regular sugar as it has a higher mineral content. Jaggery has magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and trace amounts of zinc, thiamin, copper, riboflavin and niacin. It can also be had after dinner to aid digestion.
These sesame squares are great snack options that are healthy and deiicious. No reason you can’t have them all year round!
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