Friday, January 14, 2011

Lohri Special 2 recipes- Gur Gajjak & Til Rewadi

Wish u all a very Happy Lohri & Makar Sankranti. Hope the warmth of bonfire brings happiness and prosperity for each of you.
Lohri/Lodi is a popular punjabi agricultural winter festival. It is traditionally associated with the harvest of rabi crops. On the eve of Lohri people toss jaggery, sesame, popcorn, peanuts on the bonfire, worship the fire, sit around it, sing and dance till the fire dies out. This is to show respect to the natural element of fire. You can read more about Lohri festival here.

It is a tradition to eat Gajjak (Jaggery Peanut Brittle), Peanuts and Til Rewadi ( Sesame Sugar Candy) on this day. This year I decided to make Gajjak and Til Rewadi at home. Both the goodies were so easy to make and they turned out super delicious.

Jaggery Peanut Brittle and Sugar Sesame Rewadi are two of my favorites. I am eating both of these as I write :)

Jaggery Peanut Brittle

Sesame Sugar Candy

Both of these are super easy to make and hardly takes 10-15 minutes each...Yes!! 15 minutes!!!

Here are the recipes (Click here for printable version)

For the Jaggery Peanut Brittle
200 gms of Jaggery
1 & 1/2 cups of peanuts
1 tbsp fennel seeds
2 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
1/8 cup water

1. Dry roast the peanuts lightly in a pan and keep aside. You can break the peanuts in half.
2. Heat water and add jaggery to it on medium heat. Jaggery will start to melt.
3. Add ghee and keep stirring. All the jaggery will melt and the mixture will look like a smooth paste.
4. Add the fennel seeds and peanuts together and mix to coat the peanuts well.
5. Switch off the gas and pour the peanut mixture on a greased flat plate or baking sheet. Flatten it out into 1/4" thick slab.
6. Let it cool down completely. Once cooled, break it into pieces and enjoy!!

For the Sesame Sugar Candy
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 cup water
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
1 tsp ghee (clarified butter)

1. Lightly dry roast the sesame seeds and keep aside.
2. Heat the water and sugar together.
3. Add in the ghee and cardamom powder.
4. As it boils, add the sesame seeds and mix. As mixture starts to leave the sides, switch off the gas.
5. Drop the spoonful of mixtures onto a greased plate/parchment paper and let them cool completely.
6. Once cooled, remove from the plate and store in airtight container.

We too went to temple today to pray around the holy fire and toss peanuts, sesame, dry fruits and jaggery into it. 


Jagruti જાગૃતિ said...

Happy lohri and sankaranti...both chikki looks tempting

Satya said...

Wish you a very happy sankaranti...
both chikki look so tempting and crunchy


Super Yummy Recipes

Suchitra said...

reminds me of my good old days in Delhi- lovely gajak! Happy pongal, lohri and makarsankranti Vaishali

Priya said...

Happy Lohri to u and ur family Vaishali, both chikkis looks irresistible..

Scarletta @ Scarletta Bakes said...

Thank you so much for these delicious recipes! I am really looking forward to trying both of them.

Happy Holidays!!

Carolyn said...

Both look good but I definitely want to try the sesame candy, I love sesame! Saving this one.

Evan @swEEts said...

The sesame candy reminds me of something I used to eat when I was in Japan! Yuum

Sonia said...

The gajak and rewri seems very nice.

Veggie Hut said...

simply LOve it!

briarrose said...

Yum. I must try the sesame sugar candy.

Torviewtoronto said...

fennel seeds are a delicious addition looks good

Spice said...

HAppy Lohri Vaishali....I miss it so much here.....rewri & gajak both came out good....

Megan said...

What a fun tradition! I feel like having a fire and cooking up some sesame candy myself! Thanks for sharing - Megan

Anu said...

My all time fav one's..loved it..

Apu said...

They look delicious!! Really miss gajak here!!

Anonymous said...

happy lohri!! i tried the gajak but it didnt hold well. when i tried to lift the pieces, they just finally we ate balls of jaggery n peanuts.. it was much on softer side rather than crunchy.. any idea what went wrong???

tanyasingh23 said...

these recipes are great!! thanks so much for posting :)

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