Other than having beautiful landmarks and unparalleled culture, Bihar is also known for its multi-cuisine background. There are various known signature dishes that have emerged from Bihar’s different districts and amongst which Gaya’s Tilkut attracts all sweet tooths. We don’t promise to taste exactly like the authentic ‘Gaya Ka Tilkut’, but here’s how you can make it at home and enjoy:
1.5 Cup Sesame Seeds (White Til)
1 Cup of Sugar
1 Cup Mawa/Khoa (reduced dry milk)
Step 1: Put the sesame seeds in a pan on low flame and start roasting. Stir it constantly and don’t roast for more than two minutes, otherwise it will turn bitter.
Step 2: After roasting, set the sides aside in a pan and let it cool for sometime. After which, grind them into a coarsely ground/granulated (dardara) texture.
Step 3: In a separate pan, add sugar with ½ cup of water. Mix it well and then put it on medium flame. Stir constantly.
Step 4: When sugar syrup is in two string consistency, put mawa in it and mix well. Keep stirring for five more minutes on a slow flame.
Step 5: After five minutes, put the roasted coarse sesame seeds and mix it well. Keep stirring the mixture on medium flame till it starts leaving the sides of the pan (turns non-sticky).
Step 6: Keep it aside and let it cool till the temperature you can easily touch (Cooling completely will turn the mixture mushy).
Step 7: Now grease your hands with a little Ghee and take a small amount of the mixture to shape it like a dough ball. Then keep it on a plate and with a glass base, press it in between, it shall form the shape of a tilkut. (You can even use your hands to craft that shape)
Step 8: Let the Tilkut’s rest for a minimum of 3.5 hours and serve your family with a replica of Gaya’s famous Tilkut.