Sunday, 6 January 2019

Tal Papdi or Til Papdi ~ Sesame Brittle

Tal Papdi, Til Papadi, Tal Sankri, Til Chikki or Til Patti whatever you may want to call it, this scrumptious and moreish sweet is sure to win your hearts as soon as you'll have the first bite of it. This authentic and popular treat is a must try on winter festivals like Makarsankranti and Lohri.


Til papdi or Sesame Brittle, a winter special traditional Indian sweet that crispy outside but melt in the mouth inside, prepared with only 3 ingredients - Sesame, Jaggery and ghee!



As soon as the new year begins, my mind starts thinking about the Indian festival Makarsankranti, which comes in January and I dream up having Til Papdi, a winter warmer treat in my house during this period. A recipe that can be prepared under 30 minutes and nothing complicated.

Til papdi or Sesame Brittle, a winter special traditional Indian sweet that crispy outside but melt in the mouth inside, prepared with only 3 ingredients - Sesame, Jaggery and ghee!


 Til Papdi / Chikki


Til or Tal Papdi is a crunchy sweet snack made with sesame seeds and jaggery or sugar. This satisfying sweet treat is considered to be healthy and nutritious if consumed during winter months. It is easy and quick to make recipe. It has a unique taste and can be stored for months due to its extended extra shelf life.

MAKARSANKRANTI AND TIL PAPDI 


Most Hindu festivals spread out during the year, according to the Hindu calendar. For e.g. Diwali never comes on the same date. Whereas in the Christian calendar most festivals arrive on fixed dates e.g. Christmas always comes on 25th December...here I am writing about a particular festival which remains constant on a fixed date of the Hindu calendar.  It's Makar Sankranti, not familiar with this festival? please read here also known as Uttarayan in Gujarat. While the traditional Indian Calendar is based on lunar positions, Makar Sankranti is a solar event comes on a 14th January.

Although sesame brittle consumed by Indians throughout the year, more importance is given to this delightful speciality during the Indian festival like Makarsankranti and Lohri, they both go hand in hand. As soon as the Makarsankranti knocks on the door, shops stacked with traditional sweets like Til Papdi, Gajak, Peanut Chikki and many more delicacies, also households wafts in the aroma of homemade treats, a variety of these delicacies.  

Common ingredients like Sesame seeds and Jaggery eaten during these festivals is considered auspicious, besides the religious association and delectable taste sesame and jaggery both have immense health benefits. It's a potent and healthy mix for harsh winter. 


INGREDIENTS FOR TIL PAPDI


Making a Til papadi is a childs play, well literally not, but easy enough to pull off by anyone. Sesame being the main ingredient you will need this, white or brown.

Jaggery is an essential ingredient of this recipe.

Ghee or unsalted butter. Vegans can totally avoid the ghee and use coconut oil.


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HOW TO MAKE TIL PAPDI




Clean and dry roast the sesame seeds on a low to medium heat in a heavy bottom pan until it starts talking to you ( makes a little pop sound )
Turn off the heat, if you wish to grind it a little or keep it whole. 
In the same pan heat ghee and jaggery and make a thick syrup. Taste the syrup by dropping a few drops of syrup into the cold water, if drops sets straightaway that means syrup is ready.
Add roasted sesame seeds and combine everything.
Transfer mixture onto butter paper and with help of butter paper bring the mixture together.
Now with all the speed start rolling the mixture as thin as possible, about 1/2"
Once you are happy ( well, you should be ) with the thickness of the papdi ( try not to let it go cold ) quickly cut ( Kai Po Che ) the til papdi in the desired shape.
They will cool in few minutes, store them in an airtight container or arrange in a pretty gift box and give it as a gift.
Enjoy!



Til papdi or Sesame Brittle, a winter special traditional Indian sweet that crispy outside but melt in the mouth inside, prepared with only 3 ingredients - Sesame, Jaggery and ghee!


In the UK we don't celebrate as much as people do in India, but I do make this dish, every year and that reminds of my time childhood in India. Please check out my few other dishes to celebrate Makar Sankranti.

Singdana/Peanut Chikki
Mixed dry fruit and nuts Puran Poli
Gajar Halwa

Tal Papdi or Til Papdi ~ Sesame Brittle



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Yield: 20-22 pieces

Til Papadi / Brittle

Til papdi or Sesame Brittle, a winter special traditional Indian sweet that crispy outside but melt in the mouth inside, prepared with only 3 ingredients - Sesame, Jaggery and ghee!
prep time: 5 minscook time: 25 minstotal time: 30 mins

ingredients

1 cup raw sesame seeds
1 cup grated jaggery
1 tsp. ghee or unsalted butter

instructions

Clean and dry roast the sesame seeds on a low to medium heat in a heavy bottom pan until it starts talking to you ( makes a little pop sound )
Turn off the heat, if you wish to grind the sesame do it at this stage or keep it whole. 
In the same pan heat ghee and jaggery and make a thick syrup.
Add roasted sesame seeds and combine everything.
Transfer mixture onto butter paper and with help of butter paper bring the mixture together, fast use your muscles. 
Now with all the speed start rolling the mixture as thin as possible, about 1/2"
Once you are happy ( well, you should be ) with the thickness of the papdi ( try not to let it go cold ) quickly cut ( Kai Po Che ) the til papdi in the desired shape.
They will cool in few minutes, store them in an airtight container or arrange in a pretty gift box and give it as a gift.
Enjoy !

NOTES:

IF YOU DON'T WANT to ROLL THE MIXTURE? IT'S TOTALLY FINE, JUST TRANSFER THE MIXTURE ONTO THE GREASED TRAY OR THALI AND SPREAD IT EVENLY. LET IT COOL A LITTLE THEN CUT INTO ANY SHAPE.
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Note:- This post was originally posted in January 2012 but I have updated the post since with newer photos and content.

6 comments:

  1. Just y'day I asked my mom how to make til laddu & til papdi for sankranti, and she said it's complicated I rather buy from store!
    Your procedure sounds simple, though :)

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  2. Wow thats a super delicious and wonderful looking fudge..

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  3. wish you happy makara sankaranthi mam .. hav a wonderful day .. and this dish is awesome ..thanks for sharing

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  4. nice til papdi dear!!mine is still in draft :)

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  5. Happy Makara sankaranthi wishes Jag, tal papdi looks absolutely stunning and marvellous..

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