Tilor Laru or Black Sesame Seeds Sweets are made of melted jaggery and roasted sesame seeds shaped into small balls. Sankranti or Uruka is a great time for feasting in both Bengali and Assamese communities, like in many other states across the country. Uruka is celebrated on the eve of Bhogali Bihu, one of the major Assamese festivals, where ‘bhog’ means feast. These are all harvest festivals and were traditionally celebrated because the granaries are full at the end of the harvesting period. A variety of sweet and savory delicacies are prepared during this time, along with playing games and music, building cottages made of hay, dancing, making a bonfire, fishing and so on.
This is the basic recipe for tilor laru or laddoos made with black til or sesame seeds. You can use white or brown sesame too but I prefer this one for a richer taste. Happy Uruka and Makar Sankranti!
1.5 cup sesame seeds
1 cup gur or jaggery
2 tbsp water
1. Melt jaggery with a little water in a saucepan on low heat, stirring occasionally.
3. Cool them for a few minutes and grind into a coarse powder in the mixie.
5. Eat immediately or let it harden for a few minutes.