In India, harvest festivals in the month of January mark the beginning of festivities every year. These are all harvest festivals which celebrate the first crop yield of the season. Lohri, a bonfire festival celebrated predominantly in North India, marks the culmination of winter and the onset of longer days. On the other hand, Makar Sankranti, celebrated across the country, signifies the transition of the sun into the zodiac sign of Capricorn. In the South, Pongal, a Tamil harvest festival, and Uttarayan, celebrated in Gujarat, add their unique flavors to the festive mosaic. One thing that is common across all these festivals and celebrations is preparation of sweets.
Til or sesame is one of the key ingredients used in the preparation of sweets during Lohri. With its nutty and earthy flavor, Til symbolizes warmth and endurance – qualities much needed during the biting cold of the North Indian winter. This Til And Nariyal Burfi is an easy sweet you can prepare during this festival time and enjoy with your loved ones. With it’s simple ingredients, rich flavours and easy-to-make process, these burfis will be a hit with everyone.
Til And Nariyal BurfiCourse: DessertCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Easy
A sweet dish which is just perfect for the winter season!
Til/Sesame Seeds – 1 cup, roasted
Milk – 1/2 cup
Sugar – 1/2 cup
Dessicated Coconut – 1/4 cup
Mawa – 1/4 cup
Cardamom Powder – 1/4 tsp
Roasted Til – 1 tbsp
Almonds and Pistachios for garnish
- Add the roasted sesame seeds to your mixie jar and pulse it a couple of times till coarse.
- Bring milk to a boil and add the sugar and heat till it melts.
- Add roasted and ground til to this along with desicated coconut and mawa and mix well.
- Cook this till it leaves the sides of the pan.
- Add cardamom powder and roasted til to this and mix well.
- Transfer to a greased/lined dish and garnish with some chopped almonds and pistachios.
- Let it cool down completely and cut into slices.