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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.

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January 12, 2011 at 1:50 am
(1) sahana says:

Informative and useful. Most of the Indians use sesame oil in daily cooking.

January 17, 2012 at 5:59 am
(2) Muhammad Ali says:

Sahana is right. I am at one with her. Sesame is a nutritious food to improve your body strength. The massage of sesame oil shapens your mind. The vegetables cooked in sesame oil are not only tasty but also full of nutrition. The mere fact is that most of our women don’t know its proper use. If this oil is burnt in lamp (diya) at home, it brings good omen to the family. We should make use of sesame as much as possible, whether in shape of gajak, rewri or in oil shape.

Muhammad Ali
Karachi-Pakistan

February 22, 2012 at 2:31 pm
(3) Orgreenic says:

Thanks for the some of the background information about Indian cuisine. Great post.

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