Til Gud Ke Ladoo

January 14, 2019mayurisjikoni
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Event: FoodieMonday/Bloghop

Theme: 178- Harvest Harmony

Recipe: Til Gud Ke Ladoo

Til Gud Ke Ladoo is an easy recipe whereby roasted sesame seeds are mixed with powdered jaggery, peanuts, coconut, spices and ghee and rolled into balls. Perfect recipe for the harvest season or Makar Sankranti. The best part of this recipe is that you don’t need to make the jaggery syrup. Making jaggery syrup perfectly can be a challenge.


Festivals In India

Festivals are always a memorable part of my travels to India. Last year we missed celebrating Makar Sankranti, Lohri and Pongal in India as we left before the 14th of January. However, what I remember is that whichever market area we passed by in Mumbai, the whole scene was a feast for the eyes. Colourful kites of all sizes, heaps of sesame seeds, varieties of gur or jaggery, ready made til gud sweets dotted the whole lane. We even got an opportunity to sample til gud chocolate barfi.

Memories – Visa Applications

At the moment I’m in Nairobi trying to get our visas for US and Thailand. After all the tonnes of papers we carried from Mombasa in case they ask for some proof or the other, the US embassy didn’t even ask for one paper except for the passports. Now that in reality is scary as that means they probably know you better than you know yourself. We got the visas on Friday.

Today we headed to the Royal Thai Embassy, thinking that applying for visas there would be a breeze! Well not exactly. They require a confirmed return airline ticket which we had from Bengaluru to Bangkok and back. However, they insisted that we should have the one for India too, i.e. the Mombasa Mumbai one! How silly! We showed our OCI card but that didn’t matter to them. What difference does it make to them when and how we get to India as long as we leave their country before the visa expires. So much drama!

This Week’s Theme

I wasn’t sure I would be able to post a recipe for this theme, but when I got back home(a proper bachelors’ pad), I wanted to divert my mind from the morning events so decided to cook something. Looked for ingredients to make some til gud ladoos and found all of them in the pantry! Both father and son cook so quite a number of ingredients are found in their pantry. One is a vegetarian and the other a meat lover. Extremes in one kitchen.

Makar Sankranti | Uttaran |Lohri

What is the importance of having sesame seeds and jaggery during the Makar Sankranti/Lohri or the different harvest festivals that are celebrated all over India?Well, both til or sesame seeds and gud or jaggery is considered to be perfect winter foods as they help to keep the body warm and increases immunity. Jaggery is rich in iron and Vitamin C. Also it is believed that one should eat til gud and speak well or say good things to others.

Some More Makar Sankranti Recipes You May Want To Check Out

Tal Sankari/ Til Chikki, a must have Indian sweet during the Makar Sankranti/ Uttarayan/ Lohri festival. Generally made during the winter season as it provides energy, is nourishing and keeps the body warm.
Check out this recipe
Delectable, chocolatey and soft, Chocolate Sesame Fudge is a vegan take on the famous chocolate barfi or fudge.
Check out this recipe

Gulachi Poli or Tilgul Poli  is a famous Maharashtrian flatbread usually prepared during the festival of Makar Sankranti to offer to God as prasadam.

These Tal And Mixed Nuts Ladoos are made in a jaggery syrup.

Til Gud Ke Ladoo

Coming to the ladoos that I made, I read quite a few recipes before making them. Number one, one needs to add ghee to bind the ladoos. Without that it was not possible. Two, half a cup of gud was not sweet enough or I guess it all depends on the type of gud you get. I added a few dried cranberries to give the ladoos a slight sour taste.

Enjoy some Til Gud Ladoos, share them neighbors, friends and relatives and speak well throughout the year.


Ingredients Required For Til Gud Ke Ladoo

  • Sesame Seeds – til, tal. I like to use the slightly creamish ones with the husk. Roast the sesame seeds, in a pan over low heat till they begin to pop. Must keep on stirring them all the time so that they don’t get burnt. Cool the sesame seeds in a wide plate or tray.
  • Jaggery – need powdered jaggery. Jaggery powder is easily available in most Indian Stores. However, if you don’t any, simply break up the jaggery lumps with a pestle into a powder form. Or you can grate the jaggery lumps. For this you would need to use jaggery that is a bit hard and not very moist.
  • Peanuts – need peanuts where the skin has been removed. I usually roast the peanuts in the oven at 150°C for 30 minutes. Once they cool down a bit I rub them between my palms to remove the skin. Store in an airtight container, ready for use whenever required.
  • Coconut – I have used desiccated coconut. If you choose to use freshly grated coconut, you may need to roast it a bit more to remove the moisture.
  • Ghee – I have used the solid part of ghee. You may need more or less.
  • Dried Cranberries – I added them for extra flavour. You can omit them or replace them with other dried fruits like raisins, dates, apricots, figs, etc.
  • Cardamom Powder – add according to your taste.






Til Gud Ke Ladoo is an easy recipe whereby roasted sesame seeds are mixed with powdered jaggery, peanuts, coconut, spices and ghee and rolled into balls. Perfect recipe for the harvest season or Makar Sankranti. The best part of this recipe is that you don't need to make the jaggery syrup. Making jaggery syrup perfectly can be a challenge.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert, festival recipe, Indian dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 12 small ladoos


  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • ½ - ¾ cup jaggery powdered
  • ¼ cup peanuts
  • ¼ cup desiccated coconut
  • 2 - 4 tbsp ghee solid
  • 10 dried cranberries
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder


  • Roast the sesame seeds in a wide pan over low heat, stirring constantly, till they begin to crackle or pop.
  • Remove the seeds into a wide plate or tray.
  • Add the peanuts to the pan and roast them over low heat. Stir them constantly till they begin to split.
  • Remove the peanuts. Add the coconut and roast, stirring constantly till it gives out aroma.
  • Remove the coconut from the pan.
  • Put all the roasted ingredients, cardamom powder, jaggery powder, ghee and cranberries in a food processor.
  • Process till the whole mixture is fine and comes together like a paste.
  • Take about a tablespoonful of the mixture and by pressing it in your fist, make a ball or ladoo.
  • Work as fast as you can as its easier to form the balls. If the mixture becomes cold and doesn't shape well, just put it in the microwave oven for 30 secs or less.


  • Use a combination of white and black seeds.
  • Add jaggery according to your taste.
  • Can omit the dried cranberries.
  • If the mixture is too dry, add more ghee.
  • Can replace dried cranberries with 2 large soft dates or chopped figs. Or with an equal amount of raisins.
Keyword sesame jaggery ladoo, til gud ladoo, til ke ladoo


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  • FoodTrails

    January 14, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    I loved the addition of cranberries to these traditional Ladoos!! Right on time, these Ladoos look so delicious!! It’s good that after so much running around you finally got your visas done!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 14, 2019 at 11:07 pm

      Thank you so much Swaty.

  • The Girl Next Door

    January 15, 2019 at 6:26 am

    I love the combination of jaggery and sesame. Great idea to make laddoos using these two ingredients – they surely look delicious!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 15, 2019 at 11:33 am

      Thanks Priya, they were delicious.

  • themadscientistskitchen

    January 15, 2019 at 8:20 am

    I hope your Visa issues are resolved by now Mayuri.
    You are right the amount of Jagger needed depends upon the sweetness of the jaggery. I love the addition of cranberries. Must have tasted awesome.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 15, 2019 at 11:32 am

      Thanks Archana, the cranberries made it taste good.

  • Batter Up With Sujata

    January 15, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Til gur ke laddu looks so inviting. Loved the use of cranberry in it. Cranberry definitely gives the laddu a different taste and flavour. Perfect share for sankranti

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 15, 2019 at 4:05 pm

      Thank you so much Sujata.

  • Vidya Narayan

    January 15, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    The addition of cranberries is very interesting in this recipe and a little bit of khatta or tangy with sweet always elevates the taste (atleast for me). Hoping the visa issues get resolved soon and the Drama ends with a happy ending for you. Happy Sankranti to you and family.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 18, 2019 at 10:43 pm

      Thank you so much Vidya, we’re back in Mombasa with both the US and Thai visas. Getting ready to travel soon.

      1. Vidya Narayan

        January 19, 2019 at 4:52 am

        That’s good to hear! Safe Travels.

  • sizzlingtastebuds

    January 17, 2019 at 7:42 am

    glad you got your passport woes cleared. These til gud ladoos are so packed with nutrition.. perfect pick for the theme, and glad you could join us this week inspite of your very demanding scheudles

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 18, 2019 at 6:56 pm

      Thank you so much Kalyani, couldn’t imagine not having til gud on makar sankranti so made these laddoos.

  • poonampagar

    January 17, 2019 at 8:17 am

    Sesame seeds and jaggery is a classic combo . These laddos are healthy and tasty for sure and the added cranberries must have made them even more delectable.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 18, 2019 at 6:55 pm

      Adding cranberries added a slight khatta taste and I agree with you these laddoos are healthy.

  • Sasmita

    January 17, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Adding a bit of cranberries to the til gud ladoos is an wonderful idea di !!! Wanna pick n grab right away 😉

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 18, 2019 at 6:53 pm

      Thank you so much Sasmita.

  • Veena Krishnakumar

    January 20, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    A twist to the traditional ladoo. Looks very inviting

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 21, 2019 at 10:10 pm

      Thank you so much Veena.

  • PepperOnPizza

    January 22, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    How interesting, to add cranberries to the til ladoo. I like the way you use whatever ingredients are available to you, wherever you are, Mayuri! So glad the visas finally all got sorted out. I enjoy reading the stories in your posts! Sujata Shukla

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 23, 2019 at 9:35 pm

      Thank you so much Sujata.

  • Preethi Prasad

    January 26, 2019 at 10:42 am

    Adding Cranberry to ladoos sounds so interesting.Love the twist you have given. Fabulous share.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 26, 2019 at 11:28 pm

      Thanks Preethi.

  • Seema Doraiswamy Sriram

    February 2, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    i love the fainthint of sourness that the cranberries provide and the adorable nuttiness of the sesae seeds. they are all coming together with the perfect sweetness of the jaggery, a winning recipe indeed.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 14, 2019 at 4:00 pm

      Thank you so much Seema, the addition of cranberries was definitely a taste changer.

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