Til Chikki

Til Chikki is a popular sweet recipe prepared during the festival of Makar Sankranti. It is prepared with sesame seeds and melted jaggery and is commonly shared between friends and family. It is a simple and easy recipe which begins with roasting the sesame seeds. The jaggery syrup is then prepared. Alternatively, syrup can also be prepared using sugar, however the chikki tastes great with jaggery. Lastly, the sesame seeds are mixed with the syrup and allowed to set before cutting into pieces. 

Servings:- 18 pieces

Course:- Sweet

Cuisine:- North-Indian


3/4 cup sesame seeds, white

3/4 cup jaggery

3/4 tsp ghee


1. Firstly, in a pan dry roast the white sesame seeds on low flame for 2-3 mins or until it splutters. 

2. Next, in a kadai heat 3/4 tsp ghee and add 3/4 cup jaggery to it. Stir continuously on medium flame until the jaggery melts completely. 

3. Further boil the jaggery syrup on low flame until the syrup thickens and turns frothy and glossy. Check the consistency of the syrup by dropping it into a bowl of water. If it turns to a hard ball and cuts with a snap sound, the syrup is ready or else boil for a minute or two and check again. 

4. Now, simmer the flame and add the roasted sesame seeds. Mix them well making sure that the syrup has been coated well. 

5. Next, pour the mixture immediately over a butter paper. Be quick in this process as the mixture might turn hard and would become difficult to set. 

6. Further get the mixture together forming a block. Now, roll to a slightly thick block with the help of a rolling pin. Allow the mixture to cool for a minute and then cut into pieces. 

7. Finally, serve and enjoy til chikki when cooled completely. Alternatively, you can store them in an air-tight container for 2 weeks.