Come winters, and we all crave for warm Gajaks that come in various shapes and sizes, with so many different flavours. It’s a crispy textured treat and is also a popular Lohri recipe that you can easily make at home. Traditionally, its made with jaggery and sesame seeds and prevents the body from cold. This delicious treat will make you enjoy both the ingredients in one dish. Peanuts are also available in bulk during the winter season and keep the body warm and safe from the cold. It is quite a popular North Indian recipe and is best enjoyed during the winters. Makar Sankranti is one of the most auspicious days of the year and is celebrated with much fanfare across India. It marks the arrival of the spring season, bidding adieu to the chilly winters.Most sought after and mouth-watering traditional delicacies are prepared during this festival, and Gajak is one of them. Gajak is a specialty of many places in the state of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab such as Meerut, Muraina, Ludhiana and Jalandhar. While cooking, getting that perfect crunch, which is not too tough to bite into, can be difficult to get when you are making Gajak for the first time. However, follow this quick recipe for a simple Gajak to be made at home. But with this recipe, you can not only make it quickly but can also achieve the much-wanted texture and taste.
- 1/2 cup roasted sesame seeds
- 250 gm sugar
- 2 tablespoon water
- 1/4 cup halved cashews
- 2 tablespoon ghee
To make this easy Makar Sankranti recipe, grease a rectangular tray with ghee and keep aside. In a large heavy-bottomed kadhai, dry roast sesame seeds on low heat till they turn brown. Keep aside.
Now combine sugar, ghee with two tablespoons of water, and cook on medium heat till it turns thick and syrupy. Take off from the heat and fold in the roasted sesame seeds and cashews. Mix well and then transfer to the ghee coated tray and level it with a large flat spatula.
While still hot/warm, make cuts on it. Once it has cooled down, you can separate the pieces. Serve or store them in an air-tight container once properly cooled.