Sesame Chikki – Makar Sankranti Sweet

From Aparna’s kitchen

Makar Sankranti is an agricultural festival celebrated to mark the harvest season. It is celebrated in almost all states of South India and Maharashtra, in the month of January every year. It is also known as Sankranti, Pongal, Bihu, Lohri etc and different people make different delicacies on this festival. Sesame ladoos or chikki, Paatishaapta-Pitha, Til-vadi, Til-Gul-chapati,Sweet pongal, pinni, Til pitha, Revadi etc                                                    In most of the festival delicacies, Sesame seeds are used. As Makar Sankranti festival falls in winter, it is believed that eating sesame seeds-Jaggery are good for health in winter. Every year, on this occasion, I too make sweets made up of sesame seeds. Our Makar Sankranti celebration is incomplete if sesame chikki, sesame vadi and sweet chapatti are not made.                                                                                                                                            Today I am sharing a traditional recipe of Sesame-Chikki with you. I have been eating this since my childhood and I love it. It’s simple, crunchy, sweet and healthy and everyone including kids love this treat. Why not give it a try.

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Ingredients (For 20 medium size pieces)                                                                          3 tablespoons Honey                                                                                                                              3 table spoons Sugar/Powder jiggery                                                                                                 1 Cup roasted sesame seeds                                                                                                         Optional- Dry fruits (Almonds/Cashewnuts)

How to proceed                                                                                                                        Pre work- Grease the granite kitchen top or aluminum foil or a plate  with butter or oil and keep the rolling pin ready.

  1. In a pan, mix sugar (Jaggery) and honey. Cook for  8-10 min, over low heat, stirring often, until the sugar is melted.
  2. Once sugar is melted and the mixture changes the color to brown, add the sesame seeds to the mixture and stir well with a spoon. Switch off the stove.
  3. Spread this hot mixture on the kitchen top and cover it with aluminium foil. Roll the mixture evenly with the help of rolling pin.
  4. Remove the top aluminium foil and cut the mixture into medium size squares with a sharp knife.  Yummy Chikki is ready.
  5. Once it cools down,  store them in an airtight container
  6. Enjoy your sesame chikki. Happy Sankranti!!!
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