Chocolate Sesame Fudge

January 12, 2021mayurisjikoni
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Chocolate Sesame Fudge

Delectable, chocolatey and soft, Chocolate Sesame Fudge is a vegan take on the famous chocolate barfi or fudge. I replaced the ghee with olive oil. Also I have used homemade sesame seed paste. Not too sweet, Chocolate Sesame Fudge is different kind of sweet to enjoy during the Makar Sankranti festival. Don’t worry, the ‘must have’ sesame seeds and jaggery are included in the fudge.

Happy Uttarayan/ Makar Sankranti/ Pongal

    Come fly a kite

    And watch it sail

    Across the sky,

    Waving its tail.

    By Jean Warren

 

What is Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti

Once again it Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti. Uttarayan is the Gujarati name for the festival celebrated all over India. Be it Pongal, Lohri, Magha Saaji, Suggi,Ghughuti or any other name,

  •  Basically celebrates the transition of the sun from the Tropic of Capricorn in the south part of the world, to the north.
  • Also marks the ending of the winter solstice. In addition, the festival is dedicated to the Sun God.
  • In fact, it marks the end of the evil Poush (Kamudta) month.
  • It is believed that Bhisma Pitah in spite of being on a bed of arrows and in grave pain, waited for the sun to be in Uttarayan to willingly die.
  • Furthermore, it is the period when the Gods awaken from their deep slumber.
  • In general, this festival is celebrated with a feeling of anticipation, joy and jubilation. Furthermore, its the celebration to mark the beginning of the harvest season.

 

Celebrations in Gujarat

Interestingly, Gujarat celebrates this festival over two days. The next day its called Vasi Uttarayan, meaning stale Uttarayan. I have no idea why its called Vasi Uttarayan. Usually during this festival most Gujarati homes prepare Undhiyu (winter vegetables cooked in with spices in an earthen pot), tal sankari (fudge made with sesame seeds and jaggery) or tal ladoos.

The people of Gujarat celebrate this festival by flying kites. Its a time when relatives and friends meet outdoors. People of all ages enjoy flying kites from the rooftops. Friendly competitions are held as to who can sustain their kite in the air for the longest time. The threads are sometimes laced with broken glass so it becomes easier to cut an opponents kite. Actually, kites are made from very light paper and bamboo. In the olden times, kite making before Uttaryan was a community affair. Families and neighbors would get together, make kites and enjoy meals together. Nowadays kites are readily available in the market in all shapes and sizes.

The skies all over Gujarat are dotted with a variety of colours. It is believed that many years ago kite flying was enjoyed by the Kings and Nawabs who showed off their prowess. It also was a form of entertainment also. Trained kite fliers were employed. Slowly kite flying became popular with the masses. In fact, Ahmedabad the kite capital hosts the International Kite Flying Competition during Uttarayan. I’m yearning to experience Uttarayan in Gujarat. The first time I experienced it, I was pretty young. Only remember enjoying peas undhiyu, tal sankari and getting a neck pain as I kept on looking up at the sky to spot different colored kites!

 

Chocolate Sesame Fudge

Luckily, I’ll be in Nairobi with family during Makar Sankranti. I’ve prepared the usual tal sankari. However, thought of making something different for my grand niece and my uncle, both chocolate lovers like me. Proudly can say, the recipe turned out well as its a mixture of several recipes. If you want to use tahini, go ahead. Then you will not require the oil. As a matter of fact, I’ve used unsweetened cocoa and soft jaggery. Accordingly, adjust the jaggery to how sweet it is. Here, I’ve used organic dark brown jaggery.

Veganuary Month

Besides Celebrating Makar Sankranti, Foodies+ bloggers also decided to celebrate Veganuary with some interesting Vegan recipes. Click on the links and please check out the recipes:

Vegan Mapo Tofu – by LinsFood

Afghani Tamarind Potatoes – by Foodaholic

Vegan Cucumber Coriander Raita – by Preethi’s Cuisine

Mock Asian Hot Pot Soup – The Mad Scientists Kitchen

Tuvar and Capsicum Masala – Ever Green Dishes

Kale & Quinoa with Tahini – The Joyous Kitchen

Black Til Laddu – Indrani will teach

 

Ingredients required for Chocolate Sesame Fudge

  • Sesame Seeds – have used white ones. Must roast the seeds in a wide pan over low heat till they begin to pop and you get the aroma of roasted sesame seeds.
  • Jaggery – best to use the soft variety. Use either jaggery powder or grate it. I’ve given the amount in grams as its so much easier. But if you don’t have kitchen scales then the amount required is approx 3/4 -1 cup.
  • Mixed Nuts Powder – I’ve used coarse powder of cashew nuts and almonds
  • Water or Coconut Milk – require a small quantity and either works well.
  • Oil – I’ve used olive oil You can use coconut oil too. Some is required to grind the sesame seeds. A little is required to grease the tray.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Cinnamon Powder – for flavoring
  • Cardamom Powder – for flavoring

Dietary Tips:

  • Vegan Friendly
  • Gluten Free
  • Suitable for vegetarian diet
  • As jaggery is sweet, consume in moderation

 

 

CHOCOLATE SESAME FUDGE

mayurisjikoni
Delectable, chocolatey and soft, Chocolate Sesame Fudge is a vegan take on the famous chocolate barfi or fudge.
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert, festival recipe
Cuisine Indian
Servings 16 pieces

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • ¾ -1 cup grated or powdered jaggery approx 250g
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • ¼ cup nut powder coarse
  • 3 tbsp oil

Instructions
 

  • Grease a tray 6”X 6” with little oil. You can also line the tray with parchment paper. Make sure the ends are hanging out a bit so its easier to lift the paper with the fudge easily.
  • Put the sesame seeds in a wide pan. Place the pan over low to medium heat. Stirring constantly, roast the sesame seeds till they begin to pop and you get the aroma.
  • Transfer the sesame seeds to a plate or tray and allow them to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  • Add sesame seeds and oil into a food processor.
  • Process the seeds till you get a coarse paste.
  • Add cocoa, nut powder, cinnamon and cardamom powders to the sesame paste in the food processor.
  • Process for a few seconds so that the other ingredients get mixed well into the paste.
  • Add jaggery to the wide pan. Place the pan over medium heat.
  • Mix the jaggery till it melts and it begins to bubble at the edges.
  • Add water or coconut milk and mix well. The mixture will become a bit frothy and will bubble.
  • Add the sesame seed paste.
  • Lower the heat and mix the jaggery and sesame seed paste fry well.
  • Transfer the fudge to the prepared tray.
  • Using a spatula or a small bowl, press gently and level out the fudge.
  • Allow the fudge to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Cut into squares, any size you desire.
  • Allow the fudge to set for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the chocolate sesame fudge from the tray and store in an airtight container.
  • The fudge stays fresh at room temperature for at least a week. If any is left after that store it in the fridge.

Notes

Use any nuts of your choice. Can replace the nuts with unsweetened desiccated coconut.
Don’t allow the jaggery to bubble and froth too much, otherwise the fudge will be dry. 
Adjust the amount of jaggery used according to your taste.
To save on time, you can roast the sesame seeds in the oven. Spread it out on the baking tray and roast for 20-30 minutes at 100°C.
The jaggery should be of one string consistency and NOT the soft or firm ball consistency.
Keyword Chocolate Sesame Fudge Recipe, Chocolate Til Barfi

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30 Comments

  • sonia

    January 14, 2021 at 1:06 am

    The chocolate fudge is looking great! Thanks for sharing.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 15, 2021 at 9:27 pm

      Thank you Sonia and you’re welcome.

  • Maria

    January 14, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    5 stars
    Such a delightful recipe! I love the “not too sweet” bit about it which means I can go for a second helping! Thoroughly enjoyed reading about the festival. A lot of nostalgia is associated with kite flying – used to be our family’s favourite spring time activity.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 15, 2021 at 9:27 pm

      Thank you so much Maria. With the flavour of dark chocolate, its makes a wonderful treat.

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  • Preethicuisine

    January 16, 2021 at 9:38 am

    5 stars
    Chocolate sesame fudge looks incredible. I am Glad it is not so sweet. So many memories Associated with sankranti celebrations back in India. A wonderful treat for the festivities.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 17, 2021 at 11:40 pm

      Thank you so much Preethi.

  • Archana

    January 16, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    5 stars
    Not too sweet!!! I love that! Not that being sweet will keep me away from eating it!
    Love the fudge Mayuri its amazing. I loved the use of homemade tahini here and since I am sitting with about 1 kg sesame seeds Iwant to use it up. What better way than this fudge.
    Will update you once I make it!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 17, 2021 at 11:38 pm

      Thank you so much Archana, enjoy when you try out the fudge.

  • Azlin Bloor

    January 17, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    5 stars
    Such a delicious recipe, Mayuri. I love sesame paste and I know how good it must be in this fudge.
    I’ve always been fascinated by the sheer number of Indian festivals throughout the year. So nice to always have something to look forward to around the corner.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 17, 2021 at 11:36 pm

      Thank you Azlin. Yes, though sometimes it can be tiring, festivals are always an excuse to prepare different kinds of food and enjoy with friends and family.

  • Indrani sen

    January 18, 2021 at 4:38 am

    5 stars
    Loved the idea of chocolate fudge. Also adding coconut milk was a great idea.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 18, 2021 at 8:13 pm

      Thank you so much Indrani.

  • Vandana

    January 20, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    5 stars
    This chocolate sesame fudge looks so rich and delicious. What I loved the most is that it’s not very sweet. Can’t wait to make it soon. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 20, 2021 at 4:31 pm

      Thank you Vandana, and enjoy whenever you try out the recipe.

  • Bless my food by Payal

    January 20, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    5 stars
    Chocolate fudge is heard many a times but addition of sesame is totally out of the box. I can well imagine how awesome the taste would be. Too yum.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 20, 2021 at 10:27 pm

      Thank you so much. It does taste a bit different.

  • Lata Lala

    January 21, 2021 at 10:09 am

    5 stars
    Chocolate sesame fudge looks so delicious and loved how have converted it into vegan version. Dessert and not too overtly sweet… Could not believe this, but you have made it possible.
    Wonderful share.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 21, 2021 at 5:13 pm

      Thank you so much Lata. It was a request by a follower to make a vegan chocolate sweet for the festival.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    January 21, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    5 stars
    What a fun recipe this is and great twist to out traditional til gud for sankranthi. Love the use of cocoa and this will be chocolate lovers delight. I have to give this a try for my husband who loves chocolate.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 21, 2021 at 9:01 pm

      Thank you so much Sandhya. Hope your hubby likes it.

  • Uma Srinivas

    January 22, 2021 at 1:16 am

    5 stars
    I love the sesame bar. This sounds even better by adding cocoa to it. Thank you for the detailed share on Uttarayan!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 22, 2021 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you Uma.

  • Poonam bachhav

    January 22, 2021 at 8:45 am

    5 stars
    What is not to like in this recipe, a gorgeous looking festive treat with all the healthy ingredients and best part is that it us not overly sweet. I like the combo of cocoa powder and jaggery in my desserts and this one is just my type.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 22, 2021 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you so much Poonam. Jaggery adds a unique flavour and we too loved it.

  • Seema Sriram

    January 25, 2021 at 6:47 am

    5 stars
    I totally adore the “not too sweet ” dessert ideas and most of us sure have jaggery and sesame seeds at home so this looks so easy to achieve. It was very interesting to read about makarasankranthi traditions that you have as well.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 25, 2021 at 3:41 pm

      Thank you so much Seema. That’s the charm about India, different ways to celebrate one festival.

  • Jagruti’s Cooking Odyssey

    February 6, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    I’m loving this fusion recipe, fudge with sesame paste. Sounds so delicious and fact that it’s not too sweet due to cocoa powder. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’m yet to mix cocoa powder with jaggery, will try one day.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 8, 2021 at 4:09 pm

      Thank you so much. Its appreciated by chocolate lovers.

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