Now that you are convinced that this drink is nothing but pure health in a cup, won’t you just go make some? And hey! If you like, you can make popsicles out of it. It will taste great I promise! Pretty much like the jaggery popsicles (bella candy) that we used to get in Mangalore a couple of decades ago. Not sure if they are still found now
- 100 grams white sesame (til)
- 225 grams powdered jaggery (increase it upto 250 grams)
- 2 cardamom pods powdered
- 5 cups water
- pinch of salt
Wash and rinse the sesame until the water runs clear (about a couple of times will suffice). Place it on a sieve or a clean kitchen cloth to drain off excess water or pat it dry.
When it is still a bit damp, transfer it onto a tawa and dry roast it on a slow flame. Ensure that the flame is low or else the seeds will begin to pop/splutter which should be avoided. Dry roast for about a couple of minutes and then transfer into a grinder and powder it coarsely. Add half the powdered jaggery, 1 cup of water and grind it to a smooth paste (as fine as possible)
Transfer the paste into a large pan, add the remaining jaggery and water and stir until the jaggery dissolves completely. Add powdered cardamom and mix.
Serve chilled - you may strain the mixture or leave it as it is.