January 13, 2011

Tilgul – Makar Sankrant special

I have been away from blogging since a long time and I felt Makar Sankranti (मकर संक्रान्ति)is the best occasion to make a come back. Sankranti is the Sanskrit word, which refers to the transmigration of the Sun from one Rāshi(zodiac in Indian astrology) to the other. Maharashtrians celebrate Sankranti by exchanging Tilgul – a sweet made of sesame seeds and jaggery. While exchanging tilguls as tokens of goodwill people greet each other saying – ‘til-gul ghya, god god bola’ meaning ‘accept these tilguls and speak sweet words’. The under-lying thought in the exchange of tilguls is to forget the past ill-feelings and hostilities and resolve to speak sweetly and remain friends.

Sankranti 011

Ingredients:
2 cups roasted sesame seeds
1 cup roasted peanuts powder
1½ cups jaggery
1 tsp nutmeg powder
1 tsp cardamom powder
2 tsp ghee (toop)
2-4 tsp desiccated coconut (optional)

Method:
  1. Take a microwave safe bowl, add jaggery and 2 tsp ghee to it. Spray some water over it and microwave for 2 minutes on high power.
  2. You will notice that jaggery liquefies and starts bubbling. Now add remaining ingredients – sesame seeds, peanuts powder, nutmeg powder and cardamom powder.
  3. Mix well to form homogeneous ball. Transfer the ball over a greased platform or even aluminium foil.
  4. Roll it into desired thickness, press some desiccated coconut over it and cut it into square or diamond shape using a pizza cutter.
  5. Give it 5-10 minutes to cool down. Enjoy – तीळ गुळ घ्या आणि गोड गोड बोला (‘accept these tilguls and speak sweet words’)
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1 comment:

Priya said...

Tikkis looks absolutely inviting,happy sankranti to u and ur family..

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