How to make Sesame Brittle or Til Gajjak -

Roasted sesame seeds, coconut and almonds cooked with ghee and powdered sugar, spread on greased plate to set

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is contributed by Member Dr. Sonia Mangla.

Main Ingredients : Sesame seeds (til) (तिल), Sugar (चीनी)

Cuisine : Uttar Pradesh

Course : Desserts

Sesame Brittle or Til Gajjak

Sesame Brittle or Til Gajjak Recipe Card


The cuisine of Uttar Pradesh is synonymous with a wide variety as every city in this state offers a different but equally sumptuous cuisine for the gourmet. Most families in Uttar Pradesh eat vegetarian food, although meat delicacies cooked in the Awadh style are world famous. Average cuisines in Uttar Pradesh revolve around the simple, vegetable curries of all kinds. But there is a predominance of fried foods which are a must especially during festivals and special occasions. 
The irresistible Mughlai food is reminiscent of the Nawabi and the Mughal glory. The world renowned Dum Pukht (means ‘to breathe and to cook’) cuisine owes its excellence to the fact that the food, sealed in a dish and slow-cooked in its own juices, retains its entire natural aromas and flavours. Lucknow is famous for its biryanis and different meat preparations. A very interesting aspect of Awadh cuisine is the inspiration it draws from a myriad sources - seasons and celebrations, flora and fauna, personalities, poetry and colour.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Difficult

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Sesame Brittle or Til Gajjak Recipe

  • Sesame seeds (til) 1 cup

  • Sugar powder 3/4 cup

  • Almonds chopped 1/4 cup

  • Coconut grated

  • Ghee 2 teaspoons

  • Green cardamom powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Fennel seeds (saunf) 1 teaspoon


Step 1

Heat a tawa and dry roast the sesame seeds. Remove and heat and set aside.

Step 2

On the same tawa dry roast almond and coconut for two minutes till lightly golden. Place a silver foil in top of a tray and grease it lightly with little ghee.

Step 3

Heat the remaining ghee in a non stick pan add the powdered sugar and stir continuously on low heat. Add cardamom powder and fennel seeds and the dried nuts. Mix well.

Step 4

Add the sesame seeds and mix again.Remove on the prepared tray and spread the mixture evenly to a thin layer.Cut with a sharp knife and let it cool. Store in airtight container.

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