Til Bugga or soft Til Mawa Burfi is a delicious dessert which is traditionally made in my family during Makar Sankranti. Til means Sesame seeds and Mawa is a thick version of milk. When these two ingredients are combined together along with sugar syrup, a delectable dessert comes up as a result.
Happy Makarsakrnti Everyone!
Makarsakranti marks the first day of sun’s transit into the Makara (Capricorn), marking the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days. This festival one of the major harvest festival which is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm. As the festival is celebrated in winters, people start preparing food which can give them give them energy and also keep their body warm.
The recipe of Til Bugga is originally fom my maternal grandmother, but I learned from my mother. Til Bugga is soft Burfi made with sesame seeds, milk powder, and sugar syrup. Some people also shape the mixture into Ladoos , but my mother shapes them as burfis. Since the consistency of the mixture of Mawa, til and sugar syrup is soft, Til Bugga makes soft burfis.
To Make Til Bugga you have to follow these steps
1. Roast the sesame seeds and coarsely grind it.
2. Dry Roast the Mawa/ Khoya ( generally found at any Indian Grocery Store)
You can also make Mawa at home from ricotta Cheese. Its very simple, just add the ricotta cheese in a non-stick pan with 2 tsp of ghee. Keep roasting, till all the moisture evaporates and you will have fresh mawa at home.
3. Make Sugar syrup
4. Mix them all and spread it on a Thali or square pan and let it cool.
5 Cut into desired shapes or make ladoos.
This is it and you will have a delicious and healthy sweet so easy to make time and that too so nutritious.
- 2 cups sesame seeds
- 1 cup Mawa
- 1.5 cups Sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 4-5 chopped Almonds
- 4-5 chopped cashews
- 1 tsp desi ghee
- Dry roast the sesame seeds on medium flame for 10 minutes.
- In another pan, break Mawa into small pieces and dry roast Mawa, till it becomes dry and little brown.
- Once the sesame seeds are roasted, coarsely grind them in a blender.
- In a separate pan, heat sugar and water together. Once the sugar is dissolved completely, let this mixture boil till a thick sugar syrup of one wire consistency is formed. you can check it with your fingers.
- Boil for a minute more and then switch off the flame.
- Now add sesame seeds, dry fruits and stir well till the syrup and seeds are mixed well. transfer this into a bowl. let this cool and once its cooled, add the mawa. Mix well.
- Grease a Thali or a square metal pan with desi ghee and spread this mixture evenly over it.
- Sprinkle some sesame seeds all over as a garnish.
- Keep it aside to set for almost one hour. You can also keep in fridge.
- After one hour , take it out and cut the mixture into desired shapes, square or diamond using a knife. Make sure you grease the knife before cutting.
- Serve these burfis or Til buggas to you family and friends and enjoy.