Home / Recipes / Naniji's signature dish 'TIL-BUGGA' (A sesame-seed dessert with home-made khoya!)
There is definitely some sort of magic in grandmothers’ hands, that can make the plainest of foods tasty and appealing to the most finicky of eaters. I call my grandmother 'Naniji' and I am amazed at her ability to whip up delicious meals using very few and the most basic ingredients. She doesn't allow even onions and garlic in her kitchen, yet her ‘Arhar ki dal’ (Yellow lentils) and ‘Bhindi ki sabzi’ (Okra) are the yummiest I have ever had in my life. How does she do it? The recipe I am sharing today is another one of her signature dishes. It's called 'Til-bugga'. ‘Til’ is the Hindi name for ‘Sesame seeds’ and this dessert is a soft 'barfi' made with sesame seeds, khoya and some dry-fruits. Naniji makes it on all the festive occasions and mainly on Makar sankranti when Til is considered auspicious to use. This is our ancestral recipe and all the ladies of our family including my mum, aunts and sisters make Til-bugga regularly. I made it for the first time after moving to Ireland three years ago. The only change I have brought in the recipe is that I had to make my own khoya/mawa as we do not get it ready-made here in Dublin. If you live in India, use the khoya bought at dairies comfortably. If you stay abroad like me, then making khoya my way will give you terrific results. This sweet-treat definitely is the one which I miss a lot from India! Try this signature recipe friends. It's a gift from my Naniji to you!