- ¾ cup sesame seeds (til)
- 1 cup jaggery (gur) – chopped in big pieces
- 1 tbsp ghee
- ½ cup peanuts
- ¼ tsp cardamom powder
Til Ladoo is a traditional sweet dish that will be found in every household around the festive season. They are almost synonymous, in fact, with the Indian festival of Makar Sakranti alongside several other festivals. Who doesn’t love the incredibly tasty ladoo, after all? Til ladoos are round balls made of sesame seeds (til), peanuts, and jaggery. The enchanting aroma of roasted sesame seeds and jaggery instantly fills the heart with an unparalleled joy, making these ladoos even more special.
They are made using jaggery for sweetness as jaggery is healthier than white sugar. Jaggery is loaded with several nutrients as it contains molasses whereas refined sugar contains only calories and lacks vitamins and minerals. Til or sesame seeds are extremely beneficial for good health. Til has anti-aging properties, promotes hair growth, stabilizes blood pressure, improves digestion, removes plaque from teeth, and helps in reducing stress.
How to make Til Ladoo (Laddu)
Sesame is believed to be one of the oldest spices known to us and was most probably the first crop to be grown for edible oil. Babylonians used the sesame oil to make wine, cakes, and toiletries. Ancient Egyptians believed that sesame has medicinal powers.
The phrase "Open Sesame", the magical password that opened the cave in Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, refers to the sesame fruit, because on maturing, the fruit bursts open and scatters its seeds.