Til Gul Poli Recipe – Sesame Seeds Recipe – Special Cuisine of Makar Sankranti
Til Gul Poli Recipe – Sesame Seeds Recipe – Special Cuisine of Makar Sankranti- New Year started and the first festival of the year is Makar Sankranti. And in India, every festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm.
On the day of Makar Sankranti, black clothes are worn and different dishes are made from sesame seeds & jaggery. Some parts of India celebrate recipes made from new harvests on makar Sankranti.
In Gujrat and Maharashtra, you will find that Indian people are kite-flying. Making Tilgul Ladoo is one of the important rituals of this festival. Making sesame ladoo is a lot of fun in my house.
My fun story of Makar Sankranti
I am going to share with you the fun story of making Tilgul Ladoo in my home. My grandmother and aunt sat down to make laddoos and I also came home from school.
As soon as I entered the house, I smelled the wonderful aroma of roasting sesame seeds. I ran and put my hands around grandma’s neck and asked grandma if I can make ladoos too. But grandma said no.
So what I did, was, I took soil from the garden outside the house, took some sand and started making laddus.
After a while mom came out and slapped me on the back. And then I started crying but I had decided to make ladoos.
So, I keept the sesame laddus made by my grandmother with soil laddu. All this was seen by my grandfather and he was laughing.
This story still haunts me today as my aunt took great pains to separate my clay ladoo from that sesame laddu
We always make sesame ladoo but here I am with a great recipe for you. This is a traditional Maharashtrian recipe called Tilachi Poli (sesame bread).
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I have told you that Makar Sankranti is a festival, but without telling you exactly what this festival is and why it is celebrated and its scientific significance, let us see the story of Makar Sankranti and other services one by one.
First, let’s see what is the story of Makar Sankranti. There are many stories of Makar Sankranti, one of which I am going to share with you.
Story of makar sankranti festival (Short Mythological Stories)
According to the mythological story of Makar Sankranti, Lord Surya leaves Dhanu Rashi (Sagittarius) and enters Makar Rashi (Capricorn). Shani is the lord of Makar Rashi (Capricorn), so it is said that after entering Makar Rashi, Lord Surya goes to meet his son Lord Shani.
One can read and hear many stories about Makar Sankranti. According to one of those stories, Sagar Raja performed the Ashwamedha yagna and gave up his horse to conquer the world.
Lord Indra tied that horse to Kapil Muni’s hermitage. When the 60,000 sons of the Sagar kingdom reached Kapil Muni’s hermitage for war and abused him, Kapil Muni cursed them and incinerate them all.
Raja Sagara’s grandson, Prince Anusuman went to Kapil Muni’s ashram and requested him. He asked for the salvation of his brothers. Then Kapil Muni said that Gangaji has to be brought to earth for their salvation.
Prince Anusuman swore that no king of his lineage would rest unless Gangaji was brought to earth. Hearing his vow, Kapil Muni blessed him, Prince Anshuman performed penance and lost his life in it.
Bhagirath was the son of King Dilip and the grandson of King Anusuma. King Bhagirath pleased Gangaji by doing severe penance and persuaded them to go to earth
After this, King Bhagirath performed penance for Shiva, so that Lord Shiva placed Gangaji in his jata (hair), so that the waters of the river Ganga could gradually flow to the earth. Lord Shiva was pleased with Bhagiratha’s severe penance and granted him the desired boon.
Later, the river Ganga got absorbed in Mahadev’s hair and flowed on the earth. Bhagirath took Gangaji to Kapil Muni’s ashram showing her the way. There the Asthi of their ancestors were waiting for salvation.
Bhagirath’s ancestors were saved by the holy water of the river Ganga, After this, the river Ganga merged with the sea.
The day when Gangaji came to Kapil Muni’s ashram was Makar Sankranti. On the day of Makar Sankranti, devotees gather to place called Ganga-Sagar to bathe and visit Kapil Muni’s ashram.
Ingredients Til gul poli
- 1 Bowl Sesame seeds
- 1 Bowl Peanuts
- ! Bowl Jaggery Powder
- 1 Glass Milk
- 2 tbsp Ghee
- 1 Bowl Wheat Flour
- 1 tsp Salt
- 2 tsp Oil
How to make til gul poli
1.Firstly roast sesame seeds. Here I am using white sesame seeds.
2. Keep it aside.
3. Roast peanuts and keep it aside.
4. Let sesame seeds and peanuts cool down.
5. Now add roasted peanuts to the mixing bowl also add half bowl of jaggery.
6. Grind it in semi-grind consistency.
7. Keep it aside.
8. Add roasted sesame seeds in the mixing bowl.
9. Also add half bowl jaggery.
10. Grind it in semi-grind consistency.
11. Now mix both mixtures.
12. Add 2 tbsp milk in this mixture.
13. Mix well.
14. Keep it aside.
15. Now prepare dough for til poli.
16. Take 1 bowl f wheat flour.
17. Add salt and oil in the flour.
18. Now knead the dough with water or milk.
19. Keep it aside and rest the dough for 10 mins.
20. After 10 mins take a small part of the dough.
21. Give it a bowl shape.
22. Add sesame and peanut stuffing in it.
23. Close the dough edges tightly.
24. Roll round disk carefully with light-handedly.
25. Now roast this roti n pan with ghee.
26. And tel poli is ready to serve.
27. Serve it with ghee or milk.
Scientific significance of Makar Sankranti
Sun affects all zodiac signs. This occasion marks the transition of the Sun from the zodiac of Sagittarius to Capricorn. There is cold weather at the time of Makar Sankranti, so sesame seeds ladoo are made at this time on Makar Sankranti festival in India.
At the time of Makar Sankranti, the process of evaporation of rivers takes place. All kinds of diseases can be cured by this. That is why it is important to bathe in rivers on this day.
This is a festival celebrated on cold days. There is also an importance of eating Khichdi on these days. Making khichdi with peas and ginger makes it easier to digest. Pongal is a Prasad which is like Khichdi
Hope you like the article and that this story interests you to share your thoughts and this story with your kids and loved ones. There are other stories of Makar Sankranti I know, and I will surely share them with you.
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