Til ke laddu | Sesame seed ladoo-til jaggery ladoo
Til ke laddu
Til ke laddu or sesame seed candy is very traditional dessert, especially prepared for festivals like sakat chauth and sankranti or as a snack for your kids school box or as an after school nutrition booster. It is popular during winter months as sesame is thought to have heating properties and very rich in iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. These ladoo are prepared traditionally with jaggery or palm jiggery. It can be easily made at home and loved by even kids.
The main ingredients used for preparing Makar Sankranti dishes are sesame seeds and jaggery. Makar Sankranti festival is celebrated as Lohdi (January 13) in Punjab, Utrayani in Uttarakhand, Utrayan in Gujarat, Pongal in Kerala and Khichdi Sankranti in Garhwal.
Sesame seeds are called as nuvvulu in telugu, ellu in kannada and til in hindi. There are different varieties of white sesame seeds available in the market. Some taste bitter, so use the best quality ones that taste nutty and fresh without bitterness. So let’s prepare this healthy, nutritious and delicious dessert.
Til ke laddu step by step video recipe
Til ke laddu step by step written recipe
how to make sesame seeds ladoo or til ke laddu
- 1 cup or 150 gram - sesame seeds | til
- 125 gram - jaggery | panela
- water - as required
- Dry roast the sesame seeds in a pan on low heat by stirring it continuously for one minute. (do not over roast it otherwise it will taste bad)
- Take the seeds out in a bowl and keep it aside.
- Put on the burner and heat half cup of water in a pan, when water is heated add jaggery to it and boil it on low flame until you observe two thread jaggery syrup. Stir it continuously.
- Keep testing the syrup to check its consistency. To do this dip a spatula in the syrup and lift out. Allow to cool for a few seconds as it will be very hot at first. Now touch the syrup with a clean forefinger and then touch your thumb and forefinger together and pull apart gently. Keep boiling the syrup gently till you reach the consistency. Two-thread consistency is when a two threads are formed (and do not break) when your forefinger and your thumb are pulled apart gently. This stage is also called the soft ball stage - when a drop of syrup of this consistency is dropped into a bowl of cold water, it forms a soft ball. Stages progress quickly after a point, so check frequently.
- Turn off the burner and add the roasted sesame seeds to the syrup. Mix it well.
- After it is mixed well put on the burner for few seconds, mix it again and then turn it off. Take out the mixture in a bowl.
- To prepare the laddu's / candy grease your palm with little water and take enough mixture in your palm and make them into round ball as shown in video, this should be half the size of golf balls. Roll between your palms till smooth.
- Repeat till all the mixture is used up. The laddu's will soon harden to candy-like texture. You need to prepare laddu when the mixture is little hot (but cool enough to handle). It is difficult to make it from cold or room temperature mixture.
- Our savory til ke laddu's / sesame seed candy are ready to serve.
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Try these healthy sesame ladoos or til ke ladoo for your kids’ snack box.
20 Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds
1. Full of Great Protein
Sesame seeds are full of high quality protein. Protein makes up 20 percent of the seed with 4.7 grams of protein per ounce.
2. Helps Prevent Diabetes
Sesame seeds contain magnesium and other nutrients. Sesame oil has been shown to prevent diabetes, and it can also improve plasma glucose in hypersensitive diabetics.
3. Reduces Blood Pressure
The same study above reveals how sesame oil lowers blood pressure in diabetics. Sesame seeds are full of magnesium – a key nutrient known to help lower blood pressure.
4. Lowers Cholesterol
Sesame helps lower cholesterol levels, because it contains phytosterols that block cholesterol production. Black sesame seeds are especially high in phytosterols.
5. Good for Digestion
The high fiber content of sesame seeds helps the intestines with elimination.
6. For Healthy Skin
The high zinc content helps produce collagen, giving skin more elasticity and helping repair damaged body tissues. Regular use of sesame oil can reduce skin cancer.
7. Boosts Heart Health
Sesame seed oil can help heart health by preventing atherosclerotic lesions with the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound known as sesamol.
8. Prevents Cancer
Sesame seeds contain anti-cancer compounds including phytic acid, magnesium, and phytosterols. Sesame seeds have the highest phytosterol content of all seeds and nuts.
9. Helps Lessen Anxiety
Sesame seeds contain the stress-relieving minerals magnesium and calcium. Sesame also contains the calming vitamins thiamin and tryptophan that help produce serotonin, which reduces pain, assists moods, and helps you sleep deeply.
10. Alleviates Anemia
Black sesame seeds are particularly rich in iron. They’re highly recommended for those with anemia and weakness.
11. Protects from Radiation Damage to DNA
Sesamol in sesame seeds and sesame oil has been shown to protect against DNA damage caused by radiation.
12. Relieves Arthritis
The high copper content in sesame seeds prevents and relieves arthritis, and strengthens bones, joints and blood vessels.
13. Protects Your Liver from Alcohol
Sesame helps protect you from alcohol’s impact on your liver, helping you maintain healthy liver function.
14. Prevents Wrinkles
Sesame seed oil prevents harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun from damaging your skin, preventing the appearance of wrinkles and pigmentation.
15. Encourages Bone Health and Prevents Osteoporosis
A handful of sesame seeds contains more calcium than a glass of milk. The high zinc content of sesame also boosts bone mineral density.
16. Help Your Baby’s Health
A sesame oil massage improves growth and improves sleep. Rashes on a baby’s skin — especially where the diaper is — can be protected with by rubbing sesame seed oil on the skin. As a bonus, sesame also helps reverse dry skin.
17. Good for Eye Health
In traditional Chinese medicine, there is a relationship between the liver and eyes. The liver sends blood to the eyes to support functioning.
18. Good for Oral Health
Oil pulling has been used for oral health for thousands of years in Ayurveda to reduce dental plaque, whiten your teeth, and boost overall health.
19. Good for Respiratory Health
The magnesium in sesame seeds helps prevent respiratory disorders by preventing airway spasm and asthma.
20. Hair Benefits
Sesame seed oil is full of the nutrients needed for a healthy scalp and hair.
Sesame seeds deserve to be highly honored as an affordable food that deeply nourishes the body on many levels.