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Tilgul- Sesame Sweets

Tilgul (til=sesame  gul=jaggery)

In celebration of the lengthening of days there is a lovely customary celebration in Indian culture during the auspicious days of Makar Sankranti in honor of the harvest season. A neighborly custom is to make tilgul or sesame sweets. Til are sesame seeds and gul means jaggery. The purpose of sharing these sweet treats to those around you is to invite sweet words and deeds to be shared with each other for the future. A subtle reminder of kindness. Jaggery is a cane sugar product common in India that has a rich taste and is somewhat more concentrated than cane sugar. The traditional version calls for double the amount of sugar than we have shared but we think they are delightful and sweet enough.

Sesame Sweets

The heavy, oily, warming and sweet qualities of the ingredients make this ideal for the winter season, building healthy tissue and strength.

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Tilgul- Sesame Sweets

Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cooking Time: 5 Minutes
Total time: 10 Minutes
Servings: 10


  • 1.5 cups Sesame Seeds
  • 1 cup raw peanuts or almonds
  • 1/2 cup dry coconut
  • 1 cup jaggery
  • optional flaxseed if you want to make it warmer in quality
  • Pinch Salt to taste


1. Dry roast all nuts and seeds separately. Place in food processor and process independently to make fine flour-like consistency.
2. Roll into palm size balls. If desired roll in black or white sesame seeds to decorate.

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