- 2 tbsp clarified butter (ghee)
- 3 cups of sesame seeds
- 2 cups of jaggery
- 1/2 cup water
The Indian states of Bihar and Jharkhand are popular for the tilkut sweet, where it is also known as tilkatri. Til or sesame seeds are pounded with sugar or jaggery into a disc-like shape to make tilkut. The tilkuts may be circular, oval, cylindrical, or even cuboid in shape.
It is a traditional dessert primarily made during Makar Sankranti, the harvest festival in India. There are three types of tilkuts depending on the ingredients used. White tilkuts are made using refined sugar, the sakkar tilkut is light brown in color and made using unrefined sugar, and the dark brown tilkuts are made using jaggery. Each of these has a different flavor.
The main ingredients in this dish are sesame seeds which are rich in minerals, vitamins, natural oils. They also contain organic compounds like magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, fiber, folate, copper, zinc, protein,thiamin, vitamin B6, and tryptophan. Tryptophan is known as the building blocks of protein, which helps strengthen muscle tissues, hair, and skin and boosts metabolism.Sesame seeds are also packed with fiber, which aids digestion.
How to make Tilkut