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Recipe: How to make Til Papdi

By Swati Pareek
January 13, 2015 16:28 IST
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Here's the recipe of Til Papdi

Til Papdi



  • 1 cup white sesame seeds
  • 3/4 cup jaggery cut in pieces
  • 2-3 tsp ghee
  • A handful of pistachios


  • Dry roast the sesame seeds on medium flame till they are light golden in colour. Remove them from the pan and keep aside in a plate to cool. 
  • Grease a plate with ghee and keep it aside.
  • Heat 1 tsp ghee in a pan on medium heat. Add jaggery to it and stir continuously till it melts. Cook for another two minutes.
  • Add roasted sesame seeds, and some sliced pistachios in it. Mix well and switch off the flame.
  • Pour this hot mixture into the greased plate and flatten it with a flat spatula or roll it using a rolling pin. Try to make it as thin as possible.
  • Cut them into small square shapes using a knife and let it cool for some time.
  • When it cools down, separate the square papdis with the help of a knife.
  • Your Til Papdi is ready.


  • Do not over-roast the sesame seeds otherwise they will taste bitter.
  • Cook the entire recipe on medium flame otherwise both sesame seeds and jaggery will burn.
  • You may use sugar instead of jaggery but the colour and taste will be different.
  • If you are using a rolling pin to flatten the mixture then grease the rolling pin very well with ghee otherwise the mixture will stick on it.
  • Cut the Til Papdi while it is warm; it will be hard to cut once it gets cold. You can also shape them to make Til Laddoos.
  • If you like, you may add almonds, cashew nuts to it.
  • You may also crush the sesame seeds to make Til Papdi or Til Laddoo.

Photo: cookingwidjoy


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