Thursday, December 27, 2007

Til Laddoos (Sesame balls): quick and easy

I've been wanting to post this recipe for a long time but was never getting a chance to try it. Finally I did! This recipe is from my mom and is one of the best recipes if you want to make a quick and delicious Indian sweet. Those who're familiar with the making of Indian sweets know that they require enormous amount of time and effort. So recipes like these are very coveted!

What you'll need:

1 cup Til/Sesame
1/2 cup khoya (I use the frozen khoya available at Indian stores)
3/4 cup sugar
chopped nuts, optional

Let's make:
  1. Roast the sesame till golden brown at medium-low heat otherwise you run the risk of burning sesame. Keep stirring almost continuosly.
  2. Grind the roasted sesame seeds.
  3. If you're using frozen khoya, thaw it. Roast it till it starts leaving oil. This takes around 5 minutes.
  4. Mix all the ingredients with hand. Run the mixture through your fingers to ensure that it mixes well.
  5. Take a small amount in your hand, press it with your palms to form a solid and then shape it like a ball.
  6. To give a smooth texture, put the ball in a small bowl and rotate the bowl continuously for a minute.

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