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Thursday, 3 December 2015

Sesame seeds dry chutney powder / Tilachi Chutney Recipe

Tilachi chutney is a dry sesame seeds chutney from the Maharashtrian Cuisine. Made with just 4 ingredients, the chutney has a spicy flavor and tastes great even with plain steamed rice topped with ghee. This tilachi chutney is satvik (onion-garlic free) and can be served as a fasting food (falahari chutney) as well. The recipe is vegan and gluten-free. This delicious protein and calcium-rich chutney can be paired with any Indian bread like chapati, paratha or poori and also goes well with most of the South Indian dishes like idli, dosa etc. With a good shelf life, this til chutney is one of the best ways of including the health goodness of sesame seeds in our daily diet. 


Sesame Seeds and its health benefits:

Sesame seeds have the highest oil content of any oil-seed crop and are good energy sources of protein, dietary fiber, minerals, and macro-nutrients. let's have a look at the health benefits of including sesame seeds in our daily diet. source
  • Good Source of Energy: Sesame seeds are good source of energy due to the high fat content. they also contain healthy fats like polyunsaturated fatty acids and Omega-6. They also contain fiber, iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus that helps boost energy levels.
  • Stabilizes Blood Pressure: Sesame seeds are rich in magnesium that helps prevent hypertension.
  • Boosts digestion: Black sesame seeds are rich in fiber and unsaturated fatty acid content and can help curing constipation.
  • Boosts dental health: The oil in the seeds help removing dental plaque and boosts oral health.
  • Anti-ageing properties: Sesame seeds are packed with antioxidants that reverse signs of ageing and working miracles on the skin.
Recipes with Sesame seeds:

Sesame seeds are known to produce a lot of heat in the body, which is why it is a part of a tradition in India to eat Sesame seeds in winter. If you are looking for more sesame seeds recipes, do check out the following from this blog.
  • Til Gud Cookies - Made with a blend of whole wheat and ragi flour, these til gud cookies are soft and crumbly from within and crunchy at the edges.
  • Til ki Burfi - Sesame seed fudge - Til ki burfi is a perfect combination of nutty sesame seeds and peanuts with jaggery. This peanut sesame fudge is soft, chewy and absolutely delicious.
  • Gulachi Poli - A traditional flatbread from Maharashtrian cuisine made with sesame seeds and  jaggery.
  • Protein Chikki - A protein rich chikki made with nuts, seeds and jaggery.

What goes into my Tilachi Chutney?

Tilachi chutney is a very delicious dry podi or chutney powder. Made with just 4 ingredients, making this chutney is a breeze. This til chutney is one of the best ways of including the healthy goodness of sesame seeds in our daily diet. Let's have a look at the ingredients 
  • White Sesame Seeds: White sesame seed is the key ingredient of this chutney. Use good quality sesame seeds. We need to lightly dry roast the sesame seeds for this. Sesame seeds lend a lovely nutty flavor to the condiment.
  • Cumin seeds: Cumin seed is the main flavoring agent of this til chutney. We need to dry roast sesame seeds also before pounding them.
  • Red chili powder: I have used Kashmiri red chili powder which adds a lovely bright red color to the chutney without adding too much heat.
  • Salt: I have used rock salt in this case. You may use the regular salt.
All you need is to pound the toasted sesame seeds and cumin seeds along with red chili powder and salt either using a large mortar and pestle or a grinder jar to a coarse powder. Isn't it so easy and you are ready with a versatile condiment that can be served as a side dish to the main meal. You may add few garlic cloves and roasted peanuts also while grinding the ingredients as a variation to this til chutney.

Serving Suggestion: 
  • Til chutney can be served with any Indian bread like chapati, paratha, poori or thalipeeth.
  • It pairs best with South Indian dishes like idli and dosa as well.  
  • Often it is paired with plain steamed rice topped with ghee and believe me it tastes awesome.
  • In my family, we love to add it to the crushed roasted urad dal papad and serve this mix with chapati as a side dish.
  • Til chutney can be packed in lunch boxes and makes a good travel food option too.
Sesame Chutney with roasted and crushed Urad dal papad

Storage and Shelf Life:

This dry til chutney can be stored at room temperature in an air-tight jar for about 2-3 weeks. You may store it in a refrigerator to increase its shelf life.

Dietary Tips:
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Satvik
  • Falahari (fasting food)

Related Event:
This is an old post that i had published in 2015 during my initial blogging days. I have updated this post today with new images and written content. The recipe remains unchanged though. I have many such old posts that need to be updated as the photography is dull and the recipe is not up to the mark. Such posts need to be updated. Thanks to Renu, my dear friend, and a fellow blogger who came up with a Facebook group Foodies_Redoing old posts as an initiative, where we bloggers can update our old posts with new pictures or written content every two weeks. This is my 20th entry into this event (10th July). The pic below is my old pic. You can make out the difference in the food styling and photography from the pic. Meanwhile, do check out Renu's blog for some healthy and delicious recipes like this Spicy garlic chutney for Chats, a simple fuss-free chutney that i am going to try next.


Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 4-5 minutes
Serves: 2 cups 

Ingredients: Measurements used 1 cup=240 ml
  • 1 Cup white Sesame seeds/safed til
  • 2 tbsp Cumin seeds/jeera
  • 2 tbsp red Chili powder/lal mirch powder 
  • Salt to taste /namak
  1. Clean and dry roast the Sesame seeds and Cumin seeds separately in a heated pan until fragrant. Keep stirring occasionally to ensure the seeds do not burn. Remove the seeds on a plate and allow them to cool down.

     2.  Reserve 1 tablespoon of the roasted seeds and transfer the remaining in a grinder jar along with the cumin seeds, salt and red chili powder. Pulse the mixture a couple of times to get a coarse powder.



   3.  Add the reserved toasted sesame seeds to the chutney, give a good mix. Store the sesame seeds chutney powder in a dry container with an air-tight lid. 


Recipe Notes:
  • You may add few garlic cloves and roasted peanuts while grinding the chutney for variation.
  • Do not grind the chutney very fine as the oil from the seeds will make the chutney sticky. We are looking for a coarse powder here, so just pulse the chutney a couple of times or pound it using a mortar and pestle. 
  • The chutney stays good at room temperature for 2-3 weeks when stored in an air-tight container. You may refrigerate the chutney to increase its shelf life.
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  1. Just stumbled upon this post. What a super share!

  2. What a lovely recipe Poonam! I am sure it is a well loved podi recipe. I could have this with rice too.

  3. Poonam I was tempted with the pic where you have added the chutney powder on the papad. Such a nice idea to add taste to any dish. This sesame ssed chutney looks very versatile and healthy too.

  4. I remember my mother in law making this chutney. Thanks I can now make it for we love it.

  5. I am so loving this idea of Tilachi chutney with that crushed urad dal papad as a side dish for rotis - I bet my husband would love that idea ! thanks Poonam

  6. Tilachi Chutney and papad, now that really sounds very delicious. Interesting dry chutney which is so versatile. What I like about it is the long shelf life.