Til Polis

Made during Sankranti in Maharashtra, it is a sweet recipe made with sesame and jaggery.


2 cups white sesame
2 cups grated jaggery
½ tsp ginger powder
1`` cardamom
¼ tsp nutmeg powder
2 cups maida (refined flour)
oil as required


Rub in 2 tsp oil and a pinch of salt to the flour and knead into soft dough. Cover it with a wet cloth.

Heat sesame on low fire, stirring continuously so that they do not splutter. When cooled, pound them. Add grated jaggery and pound once more to make the mixture even and smooth.

Mix powders of cardamoms and nutmeg. Shape small balls from the ready dough. Place one ball in the left hand palm and make an indentation in the middle. Put in this hollow a lump from the mixture.

Pull up the sides, gather at the top and press down. Smear a wooden board with oil, place the stuffed ball on it and roll out into as thin a round as possible.

Using enough oil fry till it becomes golden and crisp. Make all the Til Polis in this manner. They can be preserved for a long time.