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17 January, 2018

Gajak Recipe/Sesame Seed Brittle ~ Makar Sankranti Special

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Gajak Recipe/Sesame Seed Brittle is a dessert enjoyed traditionally in winter, especially cooked for Makar Sankranti, and well known in North India.

Winter Special,Makar Sankranti Special, Sesame Seed Brittle

Sesame Seed Brittle

Wish you a very Happy Sankranti to all!

So what is Makar Sankranti?

The first change in the zodiac after the winter solstice which according to the Hindu calendar is the first day of the month of Magha is Makar Sankranti also known as Makara Sankranti, Sankramana, Pongal.

This is a harvest festival and the abundance of food is celebrated. Sankranti marks the end of chilly winters.

Most dishes used around Makar Sankranti are Sesame seeds here are the health benefits of the tiny magical grains

Health Benefits

Not only are sesame seeds an excellent source of copper and a very good source of manganese, but they are also a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, molybdenum, selenium, and dietary fiber. In addition to these important nutrients, sesame seeds contain two unique substances: sesamin and sesamolin. Both of these substances belong to a group of special beneficial fibers called lignans, and have been shown to have a cholesterol-lowering effect in humans, and to prevent high blood pressure and increase vitamin E supplies in animals. Sesamin has also been found to protect the liver from oxidative damage.

Sankranti is a very famous festival and festival calls for delicacies. This one call or Sesame seeds as a star ingredient these at my place my interest you.

Gajak is a dry sweet made from sesame seeds, and groundnuts, and jaggery. Sugar is also used to make gajak and the til/ sesame seeds are cooked in sugar syrup and set in thin layers. This can be stored for months.

Gajak has to be crunchy should break with a snap but should not be tough. i will like to make my gajak in jaggery but was lazy to grate the jaggery so made it from sugar.

It is not difficult, try this simple recipe that I copied from here.

The number of servings will depend on the size of your brittle/chikki, I made medium sized ones.

Winter Special,Makar Sankranti Special, Sesame Seed Brittle

Gajak

Gajak Recipe ~ Makar Sankranti Special

  • Preparation Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time; 15 minutes
  • Passive Time: 10 minutes
  • Servings 20 pieces

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup til/ sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup cashews ( I used kaju kani)
  • 200 grams sugar
  • 2 tbsp ghee+ more to grease
  • 2 tbsp water

Method:

  • Grease a rectangular tray with ghee and aside.
  • Add the sesame seeds in a large heavy bottomed kadhai/wok.
  • Dry roast on low heat until they turn brown. Set aside on a tray.
  • Dry roast the cashew nuts too. Add to the sesame seeds tray.
  • In the same kadhai/wok mix the sugar, ghee with water, and cook on medium heat until it turns thick and syrupy.
  • You will get 3-4 strings when you test a drop between your thumb and forefinger. Be careful it is a hot syrup.
  • Take off the heat and fold in the roasted sesame seeds and cashew nuts.
  • Mix well, then transfer to the ghee-coated tray, and level it with a large flat katori or a greased rolling pin.
  • While still hot/warm, make cuts on it.
  • Once it has cooled down, you can separate the pieces.
  • Serve or store them in an airtight container once properly cooled.

Notes:

  • I found the gajak a bit too sweet. So next time will use 150 grams of sugar.

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Gajak Recipe ~ Makar Sankranti Special
Makar Sankranti Special treat yourself with Gajak /Sesame Seed Brittle a common sweet to beat winter blues.
Winter Special,Makar Sankranti Special, Sesame Seed Brittle
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Winter Special,Makar Sankranti Special, Sesame Seed Brittle
Instructions
  1. Grease a rectangular tray with ghee and aside.
  2. Add the sesame seeds in a large heavy bottomed kadhai/wok.
  3. Dry roast on low heat until they turn brown. Set aside on a tray.
  4. Dry roast the cashew nuts too. Add to the sesame seeds tray.
  5. In the same kadhai/wok mix the sugar, ghee with water, and cook on medium heat until it turns thick and syrupy.
  6. You will get 3-4 strings when you test a drop between your thumb and forefinger. Be careful it is a hot syrup.
  7. Take off the heat and fold in the roasted sesame seeds and cashew nuts.
  8. Mix well, then transfer to the ghee-coated tray, and level it with a large flat katori or a greased rolling pin.
  9. While still hot/warm, make cuts on it.
  10. Once it has cooled down, you can separate the pieces.
  11. Serve or store them in an airtight container once properly cooled.
Recipe Notes

I found the gajak a bit too sweet. So next time will use 150 grams of sugar.

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16 thoughts on : Gajak Recipe/Sesame Seed Brittle ~ Makar Sankranti Special

  • January 17, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    I was also planning on making this and sadly had to skip, looks so inviting Arch, very nice one!

     
  • January 18, 2018 at 1:21 am

    We don’t add cashew and this looks so good.

     
  • January 18, 2018 at 3:37 am

    So far, i have prepared this with jaggery only. Using sugar and adding cashewnut sounds unique. Will give a try on this

     
    • ArchanaPotdar
      January 18, 2018 at 9:35 am

      Let me know when you do Sandhiya.:D

       
  • Sapana Behl
    January 18, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    I love til gajak and your looks so delicious. Love the addition of cashews.

     
  • January 21, 2018 at 1:03 am

    Dangerously addictive sesame seeds brittle, if i make this brittles i cant keep myself away from them. Just love it.

     
  • January 21, 2018 at 5:19 am

    Addition of kaju is new in this brittle. I am sure kaju enhances the taste.

     
  • January 21, 2018 at 9:57 am

    I’ve never attempted to make these though I’ve had them before. Yours have come out very well.

     
  • Priya
    January 21, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Feels like having this bowl and start chewing.. I love gajak

     
  • Priya
    January 21, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    I love gajak. Anytime I can start eating them

     
  • January 22, 2018 at 5:55 am

    wow..looks awesome..the addition of cashews is giving it a pretty look..bookmarking this one.

     
  • January 23, 2018 at 8:50 am

    We have a South Indian version prepared with Jaggery and Black sesame seeds. This Gajak is fantastic Arch. Will try soon

     
  • January 24, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    I love the gajak and was looking forward to making some. Still have not had a chance to make them. Looks wonderful Archana!

     
    • ArchanaPotdar
      January 25, 2018 at 9:40 pm

      Wish you were close by I could have shared it with you Sandhya.

       
  • January 28, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    wow arch, that looks incredible, till and cashews, oh yumm! i have roasted till kept ready to make til and mawa laddo, now this gajak looks so inviting, i m confused!!!

     
    • ArchanaPotdar
      January 28, 2018 at 9:19 pm

      Buy more til and make all Priya!!:D

       

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