Til Chikki is a traditional Indian sweet. There are different varieties of Chikki. For eg Til Chikki, Peanut Chikki, Cashewnuts Chikki, Coconut Chikki, Etc. Til Chikki is good to have in the winter season since till is hot in nature. Til or sesame seeds are very good for health. It improves digestion, balances the hormones, lowers the blood pressure, prevents diabetes, builds strong bones. It makes a great snack for the kids.
The recipe is very simple and requires just 5 ingredients. You have to take care of two things. One, while roasting the sesame seeds do not burn them. else it will taste bitter. Two, the consistency of the jaggery syrup is very important. If you undercook it, your Chikki will not be crispy and will stick to your teeth while eating and if you overcook the syrup, it will get burnt and turn bitter. Also, keep the flame low.
I have used white sesame seeds but you can use black or a combination of both. I also added a small pinch of baking soda. I did try without adding soda too. I didn’t find much difference. So it is totally optional.
- White sesame seeds 1 cup
- Jaggery grated ½ cup
- Ghee 1 Tsp
- Cardamom powder ½ Tsp
- Baking soda ⅛ tsp
- Heat a pan on low flame.
- Add the sesame seeds.
- Roast on low flame till the colour changes slightly. Keep aside.
- In the same pan add ghee and jaggery.
- Melt it on a low flame.
- Cook till it reaches hard ball stage.
- To Check the consistency of the syrup, Add a few drops of syrup into a bowl of water It should form a hard ball and when you try to stretch it, it should break with a snap. If it stretches then cook for some more time.
- Add the cardamom powder and baking soda and mix well. it will turn frothy.
- Switch off the flame and add the roasted sesame seeds.
- Mix well.
- Transfer to a greased plate and spread it with a greased rolling pin.
- Do the markings when it is still hot.
- Let it cool down completely before you cut into pieces.
Stepwise Pictures of Til Chikki:
Heat a pan on low flame and add the sesame seeds.
Roast on low flame till the colour changes slightly. Keep aside.
In the same pan add ghee and jaggery.
Melt it on a low flame.
Cook till it reaches hard ball stage. Add a few drops to a cup of water. It should become hard.
When you try to stretch it. It should break as shown below.
If it stretches like shown in the picture below then cook for few more secs.
Add the cardamom powder and mix well.
Add the baking soda and mix well. It will turn frothy.
Switch off the flame and add the roasted sesame seeds.
Transfer to a greased plate.
Spread it with a greased rolling pin.
Do the markings when it is still hot.
Let it cool down completely before you cut into pieces.