Celebrate the Sankranti festival with a delightful twist! Turn Til (sesame seeds) and Gul (jaggery) into delicate, crispy, thin lace cookies, inspired by Tanzanian Benne Wafers that are popular in southern US.
These eggless and nut-free treats offer a unique fusion of flavors. Indulge in the melt-in-your-mouth goodness that captures the essence of tradition with a modern touch.
Warning: You won’t be able to resist reaching for more than one!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have outlined step-by-step details below that you can follow and easily whip up this signature concoction in your own kitchen.
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.