These Sesame Chikki or Bars are a healthy grain-free snack. Til chikki recipe is very easy to make so you can make this recipe at any time, no need to wait till festival days. Sesame seeds and jaggery have iron and minerals so it is a very nutritious bar.
Snacks are not always popular for their nutrition, but what if you can get three times as much calcium as dairy milk from a snack? That is true with Sesame seeds snacks. Sesame seeds are not so uncommon in western or eastern cultures but recipes with sesame seeds vary widely.
In western cuisine, they are mostly sprinkled over bread or burger buns, whereas there is a special place for sesame in Indian cuisine. Apart from the Calcium, Sesame seeds can cool your body from within and reduce side-effects from spicy foods.
Sesame seeds bar (a.k.a Chikki in South India) is one of the easiest snacks you can make. It takes no baking and can be done within 15 minutes.
In India, sesame seed bars or balls (Laddu) is common during festivals. It is quite common to prepare them with sugar-caramel, but I have replaced common sugar with Jaggery and the results were amazing.
I included a link for Jaggery if you do not find it at your grocery store.
What is jaggery?
It is an organic sweetener made from date palms instead of common sugarcane. Jaggery brings a nutty and earthen flavor to the snack.
Check out the directions below and let me know if you like it. You will notice that I have used non-dairy milk as well, but that is optional. You can omit that part if you are going for a crunchy texture rather than a soft and chewy one.
If you are interested in other recipes with Sesame, check out my recipe for Sesame juice that I posted last summer.
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Sesame Bar - Sesame Chikki
- 1 cup sesame seeds
- 1 cup jaggery
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 teaspoon non dairy milk
- 1 pinch cardamom powder
- Dry roast the sesame seeds on a medium size pan until they turn golden brown with a nice aroma. Place it aside.
- Melt a tablespoon of coconut oil in the same pan over medium heat.
- Add the jaggery followed up by milk and stir well to make sure there are no lumps.
- Before it reaches a boiling point, add cardamom powder and sesame seeds and mix well.
- Spread them on a greased pan and let it cool for 2-3 minutes.
- Cut them into any desired shapes.
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YOUR OWN NOTES
Nutritional information is an estimation only.
Would date syrup work instead of jaggery?
Never done like that. Try it and let me know how that turns up:) Good luck ?
I love sesame in any form. And this one's the healthiest. ?
Sesame is best with all the health benefits:) Thank you!
Oh we are a big chikki fan and always buy ready-made stuff… But this recipe is a keeper! Going to try this soon!
Thank you Soniya. Always home made is best!
I wish I was your neighbor. These sesame bars look delicious.
I will send you 🙂 Thank you Aish Das!
Wow!! Chhikki looks yum. One of my favorites.
Mine too 🙂 Thank you ?
Wow!! no need to visit Lonavala anymore 🙂
Thank you 🙂
Love bars,so easy to carry on trips and great for munching. Will have to try it out
You are right:) Thank you ?
Wow the recipe is just perfect and healthy?
It's healthy snack:) Thank you ?
These are my favourite, your recipe is so well explained will try them soon.
Thank you Soma Mukherjee:)
I love this vegan version of the traditional chikki!
Thank you Aruna!
Sesame bars look yummy uma
Thank you Jaya 🙂
Uma, I love sesame bars too and what a healthy treat this is!
Thank you Sandhya:)