Healthy and tasty til/sesame Burfi made with organic jaggery and chai masala for the perfect winter twist !!
Sesame seeds needs no introduction. It’s one of most widely used Seeds in Indian cuisine and also has religious significance. There are basically 2 varieties of seeds, the black seeds and the white seeds. If you have ever followed Ayurveda, it suggests that the black seeds have a significantly higher nutritional value as compared to the white one. Also from a religious perspective, it is used to light lamp which is believed to make shani (god) happy ..Not going to much in depth of it, small pouches out of black cloth are made and a tablespoon of seeds placed into it. This is then dipped in sesame oil and lit at the ‘Shani’ temple for 7 weeks. But on the other side , these small seeds are known to produce heat in the body and hence consumed widely during winters. The oils of the seeds is also used on the skin which tends to become dry during winters. The benefits of these tiny seeds are innumerable. I remember them being a part of our diet as kids. And today , I try to incorporate the same into my kids.
Coming to this Burfi, usually it’s made into tiny golf sized balls, but I chose to cut it into squares this time. I have used organic sesame seeds which have not he de husked fully, meaning only the black outer part is removed but it still has a thin brown outer cover. You could opt for whatever kind of seeds you want. Next, I have used organic jaggery and using this gives that deep brown colour. I prefer using organic because the taste is very scrumptious and it’s unadulterated. So the colour of your Burfi truly depends on what jaggery you use. The same can be made using sugar as well. The use of chai masala was something that gave this a different taste and smell.Chai Masala is basically a blend of Indian spices like pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and ginger powder. These are all the spices which are good for winter and can take this dish to a different level. But of course it’s optional if it does not suit your palettes. Using ghee is also optional but , it gives it extra richness and a glossy look. This is a bit fudgy and has a nutty flavour because of obvious reasons. At the end my kids loved it and hope you enjoy eating them too . Do not overeat as this generates heat in the body. So a small piece a day for a healthy winter !!
makes 10-12 pieces
250 gms Sesame Seeds Organic
250 gms Jaggery Powder Organic
1 teaspoon Chai Masala (optional)
2 teaspoons Clarified Butter/ Ghee
1/4 th cup Water
1 tablespoon of Almonds (optional)
- In a large non stick pan, dry roast the sesame seeds for 2-3 mins.
- When you pop a few seeds , it should be crunchy.
- over roasting will turn it black and it tastes bitter.
- Pulse the roasted seeds in a mixer for a minute.
- in the same pan , add jaggery and water.
- Bring it to a boil making sure the jaggery is melted completely.
- add ghee and incorporate well.
- add Chai Masala and the powdered sesame seeds.
- Keep stirring well until it comes together like a big mass and leaving the sides to pan.
- immediately transfer into a greased plate and spread it evenly using the back of a spoon or spatula.
- if the mixture starts to stick, dip a teaspoon in melted ghee and this helps the mixture to spread and also creates a glossy effect.
- Sprinkle Almonds as required and press them using the back of a spoon.
- Allow it to cool for 30 mins and cut into squares.