Holiday Recipe: Makara Sankranti (India) : Til Gul Ladoo

Today, January 14th, 2014 is “Makara Sankranti”, a very important festival in Hinduism. The festivities started yesterday with “Lohri”. During the cold winter, people in India enjoy the cold weather by sitting around fire. When Makara Sankranti is celebrated, it is important to take a bath that day, to clean the soul, to mark the end of the crop. Many families make this special candy called Til Gul Ladoo, a simple candy, main ingredient is sesame. Very sweet and it was not easy to make it. Please enjoy reading my recipe, you will understand why it was difficult to form the candy into a little ball. By eating this candy, your heart and soul should be sweetened, let all bad thoughts and bitterness go away. Let’s celebrate Makara Sankranti.

It was difficult to make Til Gul, because you need to make a caramel with the brown sugar, then add the butter, immediately add all ingredients, once done, you have to form the balls. Imagine how hot those can be, so I just made ONE ball. The rest, we enjoyed with a spoon. My family loved
it, indeed, it is very tasty, home made caramels…

1/4 cup sesame ( I used roasted)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 TBSP butter
3 TBSP peanuts, roasted
1/4 tsp coconut
little nutmeg

1. heat the sugar in a pan, with a tiny bit of butter, until this becomes very sticky.
2. add butter, your caramel is still liquid, immediately add all the dry ingredients, mix well.
3. after 1 or 2 minutes, take all out over an aluminium foil and form the balls.

These candies can be enjoyed for any other celebration, like Christmas…

For Makara Sankranti.
Susana @ Delicioso y Divertido

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