Til Ladoo | Tilgul Ladoo | Sesame Seed Ladoo

Til Ladoo | Tilgul Ladoo | Sesame Seed Ladoo is a Sankranti special sweet from Maharashtra. A traditional sweet made with sesame and jaggery to heat the body during the winter months. 

Til Ladoo | Tilgul Ladoo | Sesame Seed Ladoo

Til Ladoo | Tilgul Ladoo | Sesame Seed Ladoo, is a special Maharashtrian sweet made on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. It is a delicious dessert made with essentially just 2 ingredients. I have added a little bit of cardamom powder for flavor, but it is totally up to your preference to add it or skip it. There is a famous saying in Maharashtra that goes along with this ladoo – ‘Tilgul Ghya God God Bola’, which means Eat Tilgul and talk sweetly.

So saying these sweet words, Til Ladoo | Tilgul Ladoo | Sesame Seed Ladoo is distributed to neighbors and friends on Makar Sankrati. Makar Sankranti is celebrated through India by different names such as Lohri in Northern India, Sukarat in Central India and Pongal in Southern India. To read more about recipes in South India, read my post on Pongal recipes.

Til Ladoo | Tilgul Ladoo | Sesame Seed Ladoo

What is Tilgul –

Til gul is a sweet made with ’til’ – Sesame and ‘Gul’ – Jaggery. I made with white sesame as in our culture, black sesame is made only during the ‘Shraadh’ – homage to ancestors. My husband loves the ellu urundai (til ladoo) made with black sesame that I make during my father-in-laws yearly ceremony. I really wanted to make it sometime else for him and when I learned that this was a traditional sweet made during Sankranti. I took the opportunity and made it.

Til Ladoo | Tilgul Ladoo | Sesame Seed Ladoo

There is also another reason for making Til Ladoo | Tilgul Ladoo | Sesame Seed Ladoo during Sankranti. It is winter and sesame and jaggery is heat producing. In olden days, when there were no external heaters, people consumed food that produced heat in the body. If you are not a fan of whole sesame in ladoo, then take a look at my Sesame balls recipe. I have used ground sesame and jaggery to make this smooth ladoo and is very simple to make.

Til Ladoo | Tilgul Ladoo | Sesame Seed Ladoo

Preparation time – 5 minutes
Cooking time – 15 minutes
Difficulty level – easy

Ingredients to make Til Ladoo | Tilgul Ladoo | Sesame Seed Ladoo – Makes about 18 small ladoos

  • Sesame seeds (white) – 1 cup
  • Jaggery – 3/4 cup
  • Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp (optional)
  • Ghee – 2 tsp plus a little to grease the palm

Til Ladoo | Tilgul Ladoo | Sesame Seed Ladoo

Procedure to make Til Ladoo | Tilgul Ladoo | Sesame Seed Ladoo –

  • Heat a heavy bottom pan and add the sesame seeds to it. Roast the seeds for few minutes in low heat until it slightly changes color and becomes aromatic. You will also notice that the seeds start crackling at this stage.

Til Ladoo | Tilgul Ladoo | Sesame Seed Ladoo

  • Remove the roasted sesame seed on a plate and in the same pan, add the ghee and jaggery. I used a good quality paagu vellam (jaggery perfect to make syrup) to make the ladoo.
  • Once the jaggery dissolves and starts to bubble up, cook it for 2 minutes until it forms a soft ball stage. This is a stage when a small drop of syrup is poured in cold water, it forms a soft ball when rolled between fingers.
  • Reduce the flame to low and add the roasted sesame seeds to the syrup. Mix well and remove from flame.

Til Ladoo | Tilgul Ladoo | Sesame Seed Ladoo

  • Remove the mixture in a bowl and let it cool down a little.

Til Ladoo | Tilgul Ladoo | Sesame Seed Ladoo

  • Grease your palm with ghee and start making small balls with the mixture. Do not wait until the mixture cools down completely or else it will be hard to make balls.
  • Store the Til Ladoo | Tilgul Ladoo | Sesame Seed Ladoo in a airtight container.

Til Ladoo | Tilgul Ladoo | Sesame Seed Ladoo

Til Ladoo | Tilgul Ladoo | Sesame Seed Ladoo
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Til Ladoo | Tilgul Ladoo | Sesame Seed Ladoo

Til Ladoo | Tilgul Ladoo | Sesame Seed Ladoo is a Sankranti special sweet from Maharashtra. A traditional sweet made with sesame and jaggery to heat the body during the winter months. 

Course Dessert, Festival Recipes, sweets
Cuisine Indian, Maharashtrian
Keyword Desserts, Indian sweet, jaggery, Ladoo, makar Sankranti, pongal recipes, sankranti recipes, sesame seed, sweet, traditional
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 18 ladoo

Ingredients

  • Sesame seeds white - 1 cup
  • Jaggery - 3/4 cup
  • Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp optional
  • Ghee - 2 tsp plus a little to grease the palm

Instructions

  1. Heat a heavy bottom pan and add the sesame seeds to it. Roast the seeds for few minutes in low heat until it slightly changes color and becomes aromatic. You will also notice that the seeds start crackling at this stage.
  2. Remove the roasted sesame seed on a plate and in the same pan, add the ghee and jaggery. I used a good quality paagu vellam (jaggery perfect to make syrup) to make the ladoo.
  3. Once the jaggery dissolves and starts to bubble up, cook it for 2 minutes until it forms a soft ball stage. This is a stage when a small drop of syrup is poured in cold water, it forms a soft ball when rolled between fingers.
  4. Reduce the flame to low and add the roasted sesame seeds to the syrup. Mix well and remove from flame.
  5. Remove the mixture in a bowl and let it cool down a little.
  6. Grease your palm with ghee and start making small balls with the mixture. Do not wait until the mixture cools down completely or else it will be hard to make balls.
  7. Store the Til Ladoo | Tilgul Ladoo | Sesame Seed Ladoo in a airtight container.

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12 thoughts on “Til Ladoo | Tilgul Ladoo | Sesame Seed Ladoo

  1. These are one of the best ladoos one can have , I normally make a chikki from these as it is easier to eat ! Lol .
    You have got perfect rounds and perfectly roasted jaggery for the ladoos .
    I too love to use black sesame seeds but didn’t know that it is not used in Festivals . So much to learn from blogging world !

  2. The pictures are really beautiful Sandhya and the post reminded me of my grandma. She used to make this a lot for us. She used to make it mostly with black sesame for the simple reason that it was always at home.

  3. i love the sesame ladoos but the softer version (without the jaggery syrup, but with plain ground jaggery). These have come out really well, Sandhya! very festive too 🙂


  4. Til ladoo is my favorite to make during Sankranti. Yours have turned out just amazing, I feel like grabbing a few off the screen.


  5. Sesame seed laddu has come out good. I am too lazy to make them at home though the preparation is easy. I just mix grated jaggery and roasted seeds and eat it as is.

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