Makar Sankranti is a harvest festival celebrated in northern India to mark the beginning of the growing season and the joyous kite flying festival celebrated in the central India (which comes around in early-mid January).
A typical sweet that is made on auspicious day is called Til Ladoo, 'til' meaning sesame seeds. I spike mine with a touch of turmeric for a beautiful golden hue. I tend to make these all year round because they are so easy to make.
TURMERIC TIL LADOO: SESAME SEED SWEET
Method of Preparation:
1) Gently roast sesame seeds on a baking rack in the oven set at 200F for 10 minutes.
2) In a skillet, heat ghee and add in jaggery (or brown sugar) and stir to combine. Stir in ARVINDA'S CHAI MASALA and turmeric. Fold in roasted sesame seeds and coconut.
3) Allow to slightly cool and roll into small balls
1 CUP raw sesame seeds
1/2 CUP unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 CUP jaggery (or brown sugar)
1 TBSP. ghee (or butter)
2 TSP. ARVINDA'S CHAI MASALA
1/4 TSP. turmeric powder