Sesame seeds have been one of the most commonly available ingredient in our pantry. It has been a very deglamourised spice in my home. Since I assosciate the spice with one served in the “Shradham” offerings, I never had much of an interest in it anyway. The ICC gave me an opportunity to relook at this sweet with a whole new angle. I have to thanks Srivalli for the same. I had never known it would be offered as Neivedhyam for Vinayaka Chathurthi. I also looked up the health benefits and found that it is a rich source of copper, manganese and calcium.
Since the sesame seeds are high in oil content its important to store them properly else they turn rancid . This is the reason why sesame seeds are sold in small quantities. One has to make sure that there is no water content at the time of purchase. Once the cover has been opened for use, its is better to store in an air tight container inside the refrigerator.
This has been the easiest of the sweets to be prepared for Neivedhyam to Vinayaka. Here is the simple illustration.
100 gms of Black Sesame Seeds.
3 Tbsp of Grated jaggery.
- Take a dry kadai and roast the sesame seeds until you get the aroma of the sesame. They will also start to crackle.
- Set aside to cool.
- Grate 3 tbsp of jaggery and keep aside.
- In a mixer add the dry roasted sesame and the grated jaggery and give it a quick spin.
- The resulting aroma is very pleasant and sweet.
- Transfer contents to a plate and make little balls with your hands. The oil emanated from the sesame and the slight warmth itself assists in the shaping of the balls.
- Offer to Lord Ganesha and enjoy delicious Ellu Urundai.