Makar Sankranti is the harvest festival and also marked as the arrival of spring in India. Sesame Jaggery Fudge is made on this occasion. This fudge (Tilachi vadi ) is made up of Sesame seeds, Jaggery, Ghee/ coconut oil. All of these ingredients adds tons of nutrition to the body especially in the time when it is made...the winter. A perfect combination of all these ingredients help lubricate the joints and nourish the brain while giving the warmth that is much needed during chilly winter month.
- 1 cup shredded Jaggery
- 3/4 cup roasted white sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup roasted broken peanuts
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp cardamom powder
- 1 tsp water
- Roast the sesame seeds on low to medium flame until they get nice golden color. Keep aside.
- Heat up coconut oil in a pan and add the jaggery into it. Let it melt and then add cardamom powder to it. Also add water and mix well. Turn off the heat.
- Add the sesame seeds and the broken peanuts into jaggery and mix well.
- Coat a plate with coconut oil and spread the above mixture on it.
- Take a glass bowl, grease the bottom of the bowl with some coconut oil and spread the mixture evenly across the plate making an even layer.
- Mark the lines so that they will form nice squares. Let them sit for 30 minutes and then take the squares apart. You can also make them into diamonds but traditionally Tilachi vadi is made square shaped.
- Traditionally these are made with ghee instead of coconut oil. You can't really make the difference between both versions. Both are just as delicious. The coconut oil version makes it perfect for vegans.
- Addition of water helps the fudge retain it's softness and chewiness.
- Make sure you use dark jaggery which is known as chikkicha gul in Marathi.
Happy Makar Sankranti to those who are celebrating!!!
Tilgul ghya goad bola....:)