Sesame seeds are rich source of calcium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, vitamin E and fiber. A handful of sesame seeds contains more calcium than a glass of milk. It is extremely beneficial for women in their menopausal stage. Make sesame seeds an important part of your daily diet as it is beneficial for overall human health. Some ways to include sesame seeds in our diet is by sprinkling toasted sesame seeds over vegetable stir fry and curries, by adding it to salads, rice dishes, muffins, etc, by cooking in sesame seed oil and by making this very simple sesame seed balls. It is made with jaggery and sesame seeds. Jaggery as you all know is rich in iron. So here is a wonderful way in which you can enjoy the health benefits of both sesame seeds and jaggery. Now let us learn how to make ellu urundai following this easy recipe.
Dry roast sesame seeds in a pan over medium heat until the seeds pop up or sizzles. Stir continuously to roast evenly.
Melt jaggery in half cup of water and filter its impurities.
This plant is from my garden -Don't they look beautiful near Sesame Seed Hearts.St.Valentine's day is round the corner, so I have chosen that theme for presenting the dish)
Boil the filtered jaggery with a tsp of ghee until it thickens and you get a soft ball consistency.
(If you drop a tsp of jaggery syrup in a cup of water, it should not dissolve but solidify immediately and you should be able to collect it and make a soft ball out of it).That is the right consistency.
At this stage, add the sesame seeds and mix well.
Then grease you hands with ghee and make balls out of it when still hot.(when your hands can bear the heat)
Note - If the mixture hardens, heat it again and make balls.
Store it in an air tight container and enjoy. It has a self life of 10-15 days if stored in an air tight container.
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