Non-traditional Sankranti

The very first Indian festival of the year, Sankranti is right around the corner! With that, I wanted to create something festive using the classic combo of ingredients – Til (sesame seeds) and Gul (jaggery). These two star ingredients are a must for this holiday celebration. Like most households back home, my mom is preparing to make the traditional Til Gul Ladoos. However, this year, I wanted to try something non-traditional and came up with a fusion idea: Til Gul Flavored Sesame & Jaggery Lace Cookies!

Til Gul Inspired Sesame & Jaggery Eggless Lace Cookies

inspired by benne wafers

The famous Benne Wafers, also known as Sesame Seed Cookies, originally from Tanzania and other countries in East Africa, inspired my recipe. Popular in the southern parts of the United States, they are often served with tea or coffee.

Til Gul Inspired Sesame & Jaggery Eggless Lace Cookies

My Recipe

Unlike the original cookie recipe, I developed mine to be eggless, ensuring it meets the requirements for traditional Indian festivities. Additionally, it is also nut-free, making it allergy-friendly. It’s a unique fusion of flavors with a melt-in-your-mouth goodness that captures the essence of tradition with a modern touch.

Til Gul Inspired Sesame & Jaggery Eggless Lace Cookies

Gul or Jaggery as a key ingredient

To uphold Sankranti traditions, the sesame seeds used in the cookie recipe need to be paired with jaggery instead of regular sugar. With the use of jaggery, the cookies actually turn out to be not too sweet. Jaggery has a sweet, slightly tart fragrance and a flavor similar to brown sugar or molasses. It provides a milder, brighter sweetness than white or brown sugar, a subtle saltiness, and a slight bitterness like that of molasses. This results in a delicious and flavorful cookie that is not overly sweet. The jaggery also imparts a gorgeous golden brown color to the cookies.

Til Gul Inspired Sesame & Jaggery Lace Cookies

a taste of sankranti

I love the elegant shape of the cookies, resembling beautiful lace. These thin, delicate lace cookies are crispy, buttery, and incredibly delicious – they simply melt in the mouth. They offer a taste of Sankranti in every perfect bite and serve as an impressive edible gift for the holiday occasion. They’re super easy to make and bake in no time! Hope you give these a try for your Sankranti festivities this year and create something different from the traditional til gul ladoos or vadis.

Til Gul Inspired Sesame & Jaggery Eggless Lace Cookies

I have outlined step-by-step details below that you can follow and easily whip up this signature concoction in your own kitchen.

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Til Gul Inspired Sesame & Jaggery Lace Cookies

Til Gul Flavored Sesame & Jaggery Lace Cookies


  • Author: Vasanti
  • Yield: 2 dozen cookies 1x

Description

A fun twist for Sankranti festival, turning Til (sesame seeds) and Gul (jaggery) into delicate, crispy, not too sweet, eggless and nut-free lace cookies.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 5 tbsp (70 g) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (80 g) powdered jaggery (see Notes)
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt (see Notes)
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 cup (94 g) all-purpose flour (see Variations)
  • 1/4 cup (36 g) white sesame seeds (see Variations)

Special Equipment

  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Tiny ice cream scoop or a regular teaspoon measure

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180 °C).
  • Cream the butter, powdered jaggery and the Greek yogurt together with the help of a spatula.
  • Mix in the dry ingredients – salt, baking powder, ground cardamom and all-purpose flour.
  • Fold in the sesame seeds.
  • Combine all the ingredients well and transfer 1 teaspoon sized dough balls onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • A tiny ice cream scoop comes in handy if you have one but if not, use a regular teaspoon measure and slide the dough balls out of it using your fingers.
  • Bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes until the edges are crispy, golden brown.
  • Take the baking sheet out of the oven and let the cookies cool on it for about one minute. Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack and cool completely.
  • Transfer cooled cookies to a serving platter (see Notes for storage instructions).

Step-by-Step Details

Step: 1

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180 °C).

Step: 2

Cream the butter, powdered jaggery and the Greek yogurt together with the help of a spatula.

Step: 3

Mix in the dry ingredients – salt, baking powder, ground cardamom and all-purpose flour.

Step: 4

Fold in the sesame seeds.

Step: 5

Combine all the ingredients well and transfer 1 teaspoon sized dough balls onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Step: 6

A tiny ice cream scoop comes in handy if you have one but if not, use a regular teaspoon measure and slide the dough balls out of it using your fingers.

Step: 7

Bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes until the edges are crispy, golden brown.

Step: 8

Take the baking sheet out of the oven and let the cookies cool on it for about one minute. Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack and cool completely.

Step: 9

Transfer cooled cookies to a serving platter (see Notes for storage instructions).

Recipe FAQ’s and Notes

Can't find jaggery?

You can substitute with coconut palm sugar or brown sugar, light or dark, either will work.

Don't have Greek yogurt?

You can use equal amount of plain whole milk yogurt or sour cream.

How to store the cookies?

The cookies will stay fresh for up to a week if stored in an air tight container at room temperature, away from direct sunlight.

Recipe Variations

Make it slightly healthier by substituting all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour or Indian Atta.

Replace half the quantity of white sesame seeds with black sesame seeds for a color contrast.

Happy cooking
Vasanti

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Hi I’m Vasanti
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I share a modern take on Indian cuisine made using nontraditional techniques and ingredients, while staying true to its authenticity. You’ll also find classic recipes from my beloved Maharashtrian culture and heritage.



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