On a medium to low flame dry roast sesame seeds in a heavy bottom pan stirring often.
When done they will turn aromatic and begin to pop or splutter.
Avoid over roasting as they tend to turn bitter quickly. Remove to a plate and set aside.
Take a small bowl with ¼ cup of water and keep it ready aside to check the syrup consistency.
Heat jaggery in the same pan along with 2 tbsps water.
Optional - Once dissolved you can also filter it to another bowl to remove the dust particles. Rinse the pan and pour back the syrup to the pan.
Boil the jaggery syrup on a medium flame stirring often until it reaches a ball consistency.
The syrup reduces, turns to deep color & turns frothy. To check add a tsp of the syrup to the bowl of water we prepared earlier.
The syrup should stay in there in the bowl without dissolving. Gather the jaggery and make a ball. You should get a soft ball that turns firm upon cooling. It should not be too soft and should not turn to a brittle.
If the syrup hasn't reached that consistency yet, continue to cook for few more minutes.
When you get the correct ball consistency, turn off the stove.
Add cardamom powder and sesame seeds. Mix well.
Let the mixture cool down a bit. Then quickly dip your palms in water just to moisten and scoop out 1 tbsp of the mixture to your palm and shape to ladoo.
Be quick at this stage and keep dipping your hand in water as needed to avoid burns.
Roll the entire mixture to balls when the mixture is still hot.
Cool the til ladoos completely and store in air tight jar.
Recipe 2 - how to make sesame ladoos
Dry roast sesame seeds till you begin to get a nice aroma. Set these aside to cool.
Meanwhile dry roast peanuts and cool them. Rub peanuts lightly with the bottom of a glass for the skin to become loose. Remove the skin and keep aside.
Grind sesame seeds and jaggery together with cardamom powder to a fine powder
Transfer this to a plate, add skinned peanuts and mix.
Take small portions and roll them to balls
Store sesame seeds ladoo in an air tight jar and handle with moist free hands.