When we were kids, as soon as the winter starts, our first question to our mother used to be, “Mom, when you will make tilkut”? They were so favorite among all of us that she has to make again within a week.
Knowing how much we love tilkut, she still send them to me and to my sister every year. Mothers are so affectionate. Aren’t they?
She made them by roasting sesame then make a coarse powder of it in mortar and pestle yes, 4 kg on that and she still do this on it, she thinks mixer makes it more powdery and finally add raw bura(unpurified form of grinded sugar). It was made on the day of Sakath Chauth, which is kept for child’s well being. All day long mother observes fast and at night after offering water to Moon she can have something. On this day God Moon is difficult to see because of the fog.
Even, we were not allowed to have this delicious tilkut till she offered water to moon. So, we too have to wait with her till 12 ‘O’ clock, to have them.
This festival is celebrated in the same way at my in-laws house, but lucky they, as they can have the til once it is made.
Here my mom-in-law makes til ladoos instead, which were being made by adding mawa/khoya. But this year, situation is different as her health doesn’t allow her to make them. So this custom passed on to me. I don’t like laddoos as much, as I love tilkut. So I am not particularly excited about making them but when I saw Sangeeta’s post on baked sesame bars. I got what I want.
Healthfooddeshivideshi, as its name suggest is a blog about health with lots of healthy ingredients, which we see regularly in the market but hesitant to use them or unsure of their tastes but her beautiful pictures guarantees the taste. Now, when I am also on healthy food track and whenever I want to see healthy substitute of something I know where I can search.
I am writing this post in the morning, when I haven’t baked them so far because later with empty and hungry stomach, I won’t be able to think so creatively for this post. I am super excited to make them once I take a bath yes, as a tradition we were allowed to make or touch anything, which is related to some custom or God only after bath.
Til or sesame are a great source of protein, calcium, phosphorous and magnesium and Jaggery is a source of iron and calcium. The mixture of both produces heat and increases immunity. So give your loved ones this goodness packed bars
Recipe adapted from Sangeeta Khanna’s blog healthfooddeshivideshi with little changes
Makes 30 bars
- White sesame – 500gm
- Powdered Jaggery – 75 gms
- Honey – 75gm
- Desiccated Coconut – 3 tbsp (optional)
- Sea Salt – 1 tsp
- Almond meal – 2 tbsp
- Thinly sliced almonds – 10
In a pan roast the sesame. Please be careful as they roast very quickly then in mixer or in mortar and pestle grind them just coarsely not very powdery. Add jaggery, salt, dessicated coconut, honey and almond meal. Grease a baking tray and spread this mixture on it. Sprinkle and press the sliced almonds so they stick to the mixture. Bake at 150 C for 20 minutes
After my evening prayers when I offered them these bars to them, including my biggest critic, my son loved them.
On this big day, I just pray to god for good health and happiness of all the children.