It's that time of the year when Hindus make 'gajak' and 'rewri' at home. A specialty of northern India, gajak and rewri are hard-boiled dry sweets, made of sesame (Sesamum indicum) seeds or 'til' as they are known in Hindi. Sesame is cooked in sugar syrup and set in thin layers or nuggets that can be stored for months. Read on to find out how to make it.
Benefits of Sesame
In Hinduism, the sesame seed stands for immortality and sesame oil is considered auspicious, and used in various Hindu rituals. In divine offering known as tarpana, black as well as white sesame seeds are mixed with grains of rice and offered to the gods and ancestors. Sesame is rich in vitamins (B1 & E) and minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, and manganese, and is widely used for Ayurvedic massage and oil treatments such as shirodhara.