- 1/2 cup roasted sesame seeds
- 200 g sugar
- 2 tbsp water
- 1/4 cup halved cashews
- 2 tbsp ghee
Gajak is a much-loved confection from the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, typically served during the winter season and to celebrate Makar Sankranti, one of the most auspicious days of the year. Gajak is essentially a blend of sesame seeds, peanuts, and jaggery cooked in sugar syrup. Preparing gajak requires technique and patience. But the payoff is well worth it!
One of the primary ingredients in gajak are sesame seeds. These seeds help prevent diabetes, improve bone strength, reduce blood pressure, and prevent a wide range of cancers. Sesame seeds are also a natural way to treat sleeping disorders due to their hefty magnesium and manganese content. Perhaps their most important benefits is that they improve blood circulation, treat depression and help the body detox.
How to make Gajak
Note: Once it has cooled down, you can separate the pieces and store in airtight containers.
The phrase, "Open sesame!" is from the Arabian Nights tales.