Sankranthi is celebrated in different parts of India during the month of January. It is celebrated as Thai Pongal, Makarasankaranthi, Lohri, Baisakhi in different parts of India. When there is a festival being celebrated, food plays an important role to add up the spirit. Every festival is associated with a particular food recipe. In Maharashtra, TIL CHIKKI / TILACHI chikki is made during the Sankranthi festival.
This Tilachi Chikki is made with very simple available ingredients. Sesame Seeds, Jaggery powder, and a little amount of Ghee. This Til chikki is exchanged between family and friends during the Sankranthi festival. This Tikki can also be made with Bengal Gram, peanuts, and other nuts. The key to getting a perfect chikki is to crystallize the jaggery with the right consistency. Chikki can also be had as a nutritious snack for the kids even during normal days. In this recipe, I have provided step by step instruction on preparing this delicious chikki. Do try this tasty chikki for this Sankranthi festival.
- In this recipe, I have used white sesame seeds. You can replace it with black sesame seeds.
- In case, there is dirt in the sesame seeds, make sure to wash the sesame seeds in running water and dry them in a clean cloth. Then proceed with them as in the recipe.
- Instead of jaggery powder, you can also use white sugar. Bring them to a crystal consistency and make chikkis.