Food processor Tilgul- No cooking required!

Super easy recipe for Tilgul-an Indian Sankranti festival sweet. Vegan and gluten free dessert.

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Tilgul made in the food processor- No syrup making expertise needed!

Festivals exhilarate a foodie like me and the festival of Sankranti is no exception. I love tilgul -yummy sweets made of sesame seeds and jaggery. As I had said in my earlier posts, according to Ayurveda,sesame seeds and jaggery are said to restore energy and vitality, while providing heat for the body. I need all of that during the winter, don’t I?

I have written about the Sankranti festival in India in my posts for Tilachi Vadi, Microwave Sesame Seed Laddus in 1 1/2 minutes and Bhogichi Bhaji. I love so many aspects of this festival like-

  • Celebrating the winter harvest, eating seasonal vegetables and sweets that according to Ayurveda, our bodies need during the cold season.
  • Exchanging the sweets saying “tilgul ghya goad bola” to mean ‘let’s be friends and/or let’s forget old grievances and renew our friendship’.
  • Haldi kunku- gatherings for women.

In olden days, women did not go out of their homes as much and haldi kunku provided an opportunity for women to do so  and to visit each other. The women offered harvest vegetables and sugarcane  to God in little clay pots called ‘sugad’ and the bounty was shared and exchanged during these haldi kunku celebrations. It later evolved with exchanging little gifts.

I have fond memories of haldi kunku my mother hosted when I was growing up. It was an open house that stretched from the afternoon to late evening, where about 80 or so women were invited with their daughters and daughters-in-law etc.. I looked forward to the haldi kunku all year. We dressed up and greeted the invited women and girls with haldi kumkum, perfume, rosewater, flowers, tilgul and supari and my mother gave them gifts. In turn, we visited other homes for haldi kunku during the 3 weeks or so that the celebrations continued.

I helped Aai, my mother, make the tilgul and got a lesson firsthand on how to make sure the syrup was exactly the right consistency. But I know many cooks are nervous about the syrup. So I am hoping that this recipe with no syrup involved, will be of great help to them and to all of us.

Btw, as I was planning to make this food processor tilgul, I realized that my food processor was broken. So I had to use a little dinky 2 cup food processor that has…eh..very little power. Even then, the tilgul turned out great. So yours may be even better! What food processor do you use? Do you like it? Let me know. I need to get one.

Oh yes….the Tilgul! Here are the the step by step pictures-

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Step by step clockwise from top left- ingredients, gooey dates and jaggery mixture in the food processor, the sesame seed mixture lumping together and the rolled and cut tilgul vadi

Food Processor Tilgul-No Cooking Required

  • Servings: 25
  • Difficulty: super easy
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Ingredients

  • 4 dates
  • ½ cup brown sesame seeds, toasted
  • ¼ cup shredded dry coconut, toasted
  • ¼ cup roasted peanuts, crushed
  • ¾ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1 tablespoon dalia / roasted chana dal (optional)
  • A small pinch of salt
  • ½ cup shredded or finely cut jaggery

To make the tilgul-

  1. Soak the dates in warm water.
  2. Combine the sesame seeds, shredded coconut, crushed peanuts, dalia (if using), cardamom powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Remove the dates from the water and discard the water. In a food processor, blitz the dates to mince them. Add the jaggery and process until it is gooey. (See photo 2 in collage)
  4. Add the sesame seed mixture and pulse, until the mixture comes together. (photo 3 in collage)
  5. Remove the combined mixture to parchment paper or silicone baking sheet (I used this). Clump it together firmly, cover with another piece of parchment paper and roll with a rolling pin.
  6. Cut into squares and enjoy! These can be stored at room temperature for a day and refrigerated for up to a week.

Tilgul ghya goad bola….I look forward to making new friends this Sankranti season and renewing old friendships!

Love,

Sandhya

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37 Comments Add yours

  1. Loretta says:

    I enjoyed reading the meaning of the festival Sandhya and also evoking those warm memories of the celebrations when you were growing up in India. How old were you when you moved here? This sweet looks like chikki doesn’t it? Jaggery definitely has my vote! Lovely 👌

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Loretta. yes this is like a soft chikki. I love the taste of jaggery and molasses too. I came here as a 22 year old bride 🙂

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  2. This treat sounds extremely easy and fun to make, also I just happen to have more dates then I know what to do with….this sounds perfect 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Marisa. Do let me know how you like it.

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  3. Receive sounds great Sandhya. I love quick recipes.Lovely share.

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Preethi! Happy Pongal and Sankranti to you and your family.

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    2. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Preethi. I love quick and easy recipes too.

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  4. I agree that those mini food processors aren’t good for much more than coarse chopping. It’s frustrating when you are doing just a small project and hate to haul out the big heavy machine but the small one won’t quite do the job.

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Is there a food processor you like Greg? I know the Cuisinart 14 cup comes highly recommended but I also love food processors with a thick and thin slicing and shredding discs.

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      1. We have a KitchenAid which has the slicing and shredding discs. I had to order a new bowl for it after the plastic deteriorated and and fell apart. Other than that it has worked very well.

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      2. Sandhya says:

        Thanks Greg. That is helpful information.I will look into the Kitchen aid ones

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  5. So interesting to learn the recipe’s background. Love the idea of such healthy and tasty sweets.
    I had to google “roasted chana dal”, so I’ve learned that it is roasted chickpeas. Can chickpea flour be a substitute for it?

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Ronit. yes chick pea flour can be lightly toasted and substituted.

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  6. Archana says:

    Pretty looking chikki!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Archana!

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  7. Sounds so good. I had to look up jaggery first though haha 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      I love the taste of jaggery- sugar in its raw form. Thanks so much for your sweet words.

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  8. arv! says:

    Great choice for uttarayan! Gajak, til ke laddu, mungfali chikki, ghewar and fini is what is popular here in Jaipur!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      I love Gajak, fini and ghewar too!

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      1. arv! says:

        You should plan a trip to Jaipur around makar sakranti and treat yourself with all these. If you cannot then the best way is to get these courier-ed or ask someone who’s traveling to Jaipur to fetch some for you. That’s a very common thing that we come across… Every winters!

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  9. I must make these for my partner, he is from Jabalpur!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Let me know how he likes it. Thanks!

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      1. Will do’s!! Looking forward to making them!

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  10. Sumith says:

    Wow love chikkis! Thanks for this great share Sandhaya.

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  11. Antonia says:

    Such sweet memories Sandhya! I love this recipe!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Antonia!

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  12. I have to try and make these. It was really nice to get the meaning behind too! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Luna for visiting. It gave me a chance to check out your awesome blog. I am going to try and make the coasters too.

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      1. You definitely should, they are actually really easy to make (but it can get a little messy and you might end up with glue all over your hands 😀 ) I ended up like that at least, but they were really fun to make! 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much for reaching out to me. I am truly honored. I am not clear on the details. Please e-mail me at indfused@gmail.com

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      1. have mailed you 🙂

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  14. Riya Solanki says:

    Yum yum 😘💕

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you Riya!

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  15. Love it. I always wanted to make this, but it’s too difficult to get the correct consistency of syrup or ‘paak’ as my mom calls it. But this pretty easy. thanks.

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much. Yes eliminating the ‘paak’ makes this an easy and yummy recipe for all to make.

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