Til Chikki / Sesame Chikki for Makar Sankranti
Written by Jayashree
Published on January 10, 2018

Makar Sankranti is round the corner. It is one of the important festivals celebrated in our country. It follows the Solar cycle and is dedicated to the Sun God. All edibles related to sesame or til are prominent during this season. Til chikki, til laddoo, til pancakes and sankranti ellu are the major sweets along with pongal prepared in all households.

It is amazing  how the beliefs told in our shastras are similar to the scientific evidences. Sesame keeps the body warm and also gives energy, thus it is consumed during this festival. This is practised since so many years, isn’t it?

Makar Sankranti falls on January 14, the festival is celebrated for three days. It is a harvest festival. Colourful rangolis are put in front of the house and ladies give bhogi( a kind of charity) of all new produce as sugarcane and vegetables. Here in South India, they prepare Bajra roti with a wide spread of delicacies along with pongal. The food is simply delicious. On the final day, it is Makar sankranti, Ellu and sweet pongal are the usual preparations.

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Let’s get making Til Chikki / Sesame Chikki

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup sesame
  • 1/2 cup jaggery (grated)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ghee
  • a pinch of cardamom (optional)

Method:

  1. Take a pan and dry roast the sesame on a slow flame for five minutes. It should turn light brown in colour and give a nice aroma. Put it aside.
  2. Grease the back of a plate and keep it aside. You can also do on the platform.
  3. In the same pan, add ghee. When it melts, add jaggery, mix it and keep stirring it on medium heat for three minutes.
  4. Add the roasted sesame to it, mix it well and pour it over the greased plate.
  5. Spread it evenly to 200mm wide.
  6. Cut it into small squares and allow to cool.
  7. Later, remove it and store in a jar.
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Til Chikki/ Sesame Chikki

Til Chikki or sesame chikki is crunchy and healthy snack to binge on. It is usually prepared during Makar sankranti. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 20 pieces
Author Jayashree

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sesame
  • 1/2 cup jaggery
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ghee
  • cardamom powder a pinch

Instructions

  1. Dry roast the sesame seeds on a low flame for five minutes. It should be light brown in colour and give a good aroma. Put it to cool.

  2. Grease the back of a plate and keep it ready. 

  3. In the same pan, add ghee. When the ghee melts, add jaggery, mix it and allow it to melt. Keep stirring for three minutes.

  4. Put the roasted sesame seeds to it, mix it well and pour it over the the greased plate. Spread it with the the back of the ladle.

  5. Cut into small squares and allow to cool.

  6. Later, store it in an air tight container.

Recipe Notes

  • Jaggery should be finely chopped.
  • Cardamon powder is optional.

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Wishing all my readers a very Happy Makar Sankranti!

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8 Comments

  1. Vidya Narayan

    Love sesame based chikkis and I don’t think I can stop eating at one piece. Highly addictive and super tasty. Loved the recipe.

    Reply
  2. Nivedita Thadani

    We make these chikkis during Diwali.
    And till laddoos during Naga Panchami and just roast and add dey coconut and jaggery to share with friends, family and relatives in Makara Sankranti. Nice ones. Usually we use sugar syrup

    Reply
  3. Jagruti

    One of my favourite..can’t stop at one! I love til chikki made with jaggery.

    Reply
  4. Seema Doraiswamy Sriram

    Lovely finish to the recipe.
    Thankyou fo adding all our posts for the season too.

    Reply
  5. Annapurnaz

    Sesame chikki is my favorite. Till now I haven’t tried it to make myself. Bookarking your recipe to try it asap

    Reply
  6. Pavanii

    How many days will it remain

    Reply
    • jayashree

      It stays good for a week.

      Reply

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