Tilaachey Laadoo(Til key Laddu)Sesame Seed Balls

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 100
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 139.4
  • Total Fat: 9.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.1 mg
  • Sodium: 2.9 mg
  • Total Carbs: 5.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.9 g
  • Protein: 3.2 g

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Introduction

These traditional Laadoos(Balls) are made from polished Sesame Seeds and sticky Jaggery specifically for the Makar Sankranti Festival or Winter Harvest Festival which is celebrated to give thanks to The Almighty for His Bounty.This Festival takes place on either 14th. or 15th. of January each year and all the products of the Winter Harvest are ceremoniously worshipped in Clay Pots made specially for this day.These Clay Pots are daubed with stripes of Sandalwood ,Turmeric and Kum Kum Pastes,worshipped and then ceremoniously distributed to married women in different numbers---5/7/9/11--according to custom in each home..This Speciality is eaten and made all over India in the Winter---as that is when certain Foods are eaten to keep the body warm----Sesame Seeds too are considered a "Hot" food-----and combined with Jaggery,roasted Split Chick Peas,Peanuts,Dry Fruits,Coconut and aromatic Spices these add a festive air to these days!!! These traditional Laadoos(Balls) are made from polished Sesame Seeds and sticky Jaggery specifically for the Makar Sankranti Festival or Winter Harvest Festival which is celebrated to give thanks to The Almighty for His Bounty.This Festival takes place on either 14th. or 15th. of January each year and all the products of the Winter Harvest are ceremoniously worshipped in Clay Pots made specially for this day.These Clay Pots are daubed with stripes of Sandalwood ,Turmeric and Kum Kum Pastes,worshipped and then ceremoniously distributed to married women in different numbers---5/7/9/11--according to custom in each home..This Speciality is eaten and made all over India in the Winter---as that is when certain Foods are eaten to keep the body warm----Sesame Seeds too are considered a "Hot" food-----and combined with Jaggery,roasted Split Chick Peas,Peanuts,Dry Fruits,Coconut and aromatic Spices these add a festive air to these days!!!
Number of Servings: 100

Ingredients

    INGREDIENTS
    1kg.Polished Sesame Seeds
    750 gms.Chikki Gul/Gud/Gol(Sticky Jaggery)
    250gms toasted Split Chick Peas(Daaley/Daalia)
    250 gms dry roasted Unsalted Peanuts
    250 gms.Dry Coconut cut in thin strips
    100gms. slivered Almonds
    100gms. slivered Pistachioes
    100 gms Cashews broken in pieces
    100 gms Ghee(Clarified Butter)
    50 gms Dry Ginger Powder
    2-5 gms Saffron Threads lightly pounded
    2 tbsp.Cardamom Powder
    1tsp.Nutmeg Powder


Directions

PREPARATION
Shred the Jaggery and keep ready.
Dry roast the Sesame Seeds in batches on a low flame till crisp and golden.Dry roast the Dry Coconut strips too the same way till crisp,golden and aromatic---take care not to burn these.
In a large Vessel mix the Sesame Seeds,toasted Dry Coconut Strips,Chick Peas,Peanuts,Mixed Nuts,Dry Ginger,Cardamom,Nutmeg Powders and Saffron Threads.
METHOD
Melt Ghee on low flame in another large Vessel and add the shredded Jaggery .Allow to melt first and then thin with 0.5 cup of Water.Continue cooking on low flame till the Syrup becomes 2 thread consistency.There is this method my Grandma used to test the Syrup.She'd sprinkle a drop of it in a cupfull of cold Water----if it formed a stone hard Bead and resounded when hit against the Cup bottom the Syrup was done---if not she'd allow it to cook further till she was satisfied!!!
Once the Syrup is cooked add the prepared Sesame Seed Mix and stir vigourously to coat this evenly with the Syrup.Grease your palms with Ghee and form Tea Spoonfuls of this Mixture into Balls.Keep heating the Mixture till it has all been made into Balls.This needs to be done only when the Mixture is hot-----it stiffens on turning cold!!!
Or you could grease a Steel Tray and spread it out evenly with a Spatula.Once spread out, cut it into squares or Diamonds while still hot to eat as Brittle (Chikki) instead of Balls (Laadoos)
Makes approximately 100-150 Balls.
TIP
These need a really good set of Teeth to crack into pieces---so you can cook the Syrup a little less to keep these softer and easier to eat.The Fun however lies in craking and eating the hard ones!!!


Number of Servings: 100

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user KOMAL53.