Til Gajak is what Lohris are made up of! The mixing of the sesame seeds with the jaggery with a hint of ghee makes this such an awesome dish!
I remember growing up eating til gajak for every Lohri! The sesame seeds covered with jaggery and a little bit ghee seeping in made this dish a star of my childhood!
In fact, I have been in a very sad and nostalgic mood since morning… Irs been 9 years now but still every winter, my heart starts to ache for Delhi and every Lohri, this heart ache is at its peak… I have been thinking about those cold mornings and evenings and the very warming winter food. The Til Gajak!!!
Though, now. one can easily get it in Bangalore,there is something about the ones from Delhi! Or may be its the heart and the the memories attached with it! So while I was in that mood today, N told me “Why don’t you make gajak.. Being in kitchen will also pep you up” (Yeah its become like a norm now, /mona is depressed make her cook/bake) ?I really liked the idea and started surfing for the recipe. I initially thought of making Varo which was the Indian Cooking Challenge couple of months back and I had missed it. But I also wanted to make something with Jaggery and not sugar. So the search continued and as usual, I picked up something from here, something from there and made my gajak and its absolutely yumm….In fact, N was not letting me take pictures at all as he wanted to eat them. I made a smaller quantity as I was making it for the first time but now I am regretting it…
And now that I have made some gajak and eaten it too I feel better much better and I am planning on what to do in the evening!
Before jumping to the recipe, here are some more festival sweets recipes
- 1 cup Sesame seeds
- 1 cup jaggery
- 2 tsps ghee
- 2 tsps cardamom seeds powder
- 1/2 cup water
- Dry roast the sesame seeds till they start crackling a little and keep aside.
- Grind or cut jaggery coarsely and mix with water and bring to boil, lower the gas and simmer till it becomes a thick syrup. The test here should be to cook it till forms a ball when you drop a little in chilled water.
- See the big ball kinds in the above water, like that. Ignore the brownish liquid that was formed by the test I did before, when the liquid was not cooked. At the time it will immediately spread and color the water like you see. It will take approx of 7-10 minutes.
- At this stage, add the sesame seeds, ghee and cardamom powder and mix well.
- Immediately pour over a greased tray and leave for setting
- Leave it for setting for about 30 minutes and cut into desired shapes and of course eat and lift your senses!