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Til Papdi / Sesame crisp

Rasika Dhadiwal
Bywar til papdi /sesame crisp is a popular thin crisp from India. It is a popular winter delicacy and is delicious and healthy. This crisp can be made with sugar or jaggery and any sesame (white/black) can be used. It is popularly made during Sankranti festival also known as Lohri.
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dessert, Festive, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Indian, Rajasthani
Servings 1 Crisp


  • Silicone mats, rolling pin


  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds (white or black)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 drops lemon juice
  • 1 tsp ghee (clarified butter)
  • Almond and pistachio shaves and rose petals For garnish
  • 2 Silicone baking mats or Parchment paper
  • 1 Rolling Pin


  • In a pan heat ghee and line up parchment paper or silicone mat.
    If using parchment paper grease it with a very little ghee.
    No need to grease silicone mats.
  • Add sugar to it and start melting it. Keep stirring it as sugar may stick and burn quickly.
  • As the sugar melts add 2-3 drops of lemon juice to it. (It will prevent sugar from Crystallization)
  • Quickly add sesame seeds and stir it well but fast. Keep stirring.
    Use crispy seeds. If old just roast them separately before using.
  • Now switch of the flame.
  • Pour the mixture on the silicone mat/Parchment paper and sprinkle some garnish over it. Give it a little shape with the spoon.
  • Quickly place another parchment paper or silicon mat over it and start rolling over it. The mixture starts expanding the way you roll. (Shape can be your choice)
  • Roll it to the maximum and very quick. As it cools down the mixture hardens and cannot be rolled more.
  • The thickness of the crisp is attained by how fast you roll it. You can keep it as thin or as thick as per your preference.
    The more thick the less crispy.
  • Remove it gently using a spatula. The crisp is ready to munch on.
  • You can even use it to garnish your desserts or ice creams.


Tips for perfect crisp
  • Ensure your sesame seeds are fresh and crispy. If not please dry roast them for 5 minutes on low flame before using it.
  • You can use jaggery instead of sugar. The process remains same along with the proportion 1:1. Remember to keep stirring it to avoid burning or Browning.
  • The flame should be medium.
  • You can use black sesame instead of white or both.
  • Adjust the thickness of the crisp in rolling as desired.
  • The proportion of ghee is very less. Excess of it can ruin your crisp. Always make one crisp at a time to attain perfectly. If made in bulk it can ruin your dish.
  • You can use shaved pistachios, almonds, cardamom powder, saffron sticks and even dried rose petals to garnish it.
Keyword 3 ingredients, sesame crisp, til papdi