In addition to having great landmarks and unmatched culture, Bihar has a plethora of delicacies to offer. Tilkut is one such delicacy that is relished by all and holds a special significance in Bihari cuisine.
Tilkut is a sweet savory made in the Indian states of Bihar and Jharkhand. This is made of pounded ’tila’ or sesame seed and is available only in winters. A thick hard base of sugar the size of a tennis ball is rolled in copious amounts of sesame seed and then hammered to roll out in a round shape. The more the seed, the softer, better, and amorphous it is.
Made of a mix of the lintel, gur (jaggery) in the right proportions and heated at an optimum temperature in cold but dry weather, skillfully hammered and shaped like biscuits. Normally, three types of tilkuts are available — the refined sugar tilkut is white in color, the shakkar tilkut is made of unrefined sugar and is light brown in color and the gur tilkut is made of jaggery and is dark brown in color. Each of these varieties has its own flavor.
It is a traditional dessert primarily made during Makar Sankranti, the harvest festival in India.