Tilkut as the name itself explains til + kut, meaning til or sesame seed or alsi is pounded during the process of making tilkut. Jaggery or sugar is mixed to give it a sweet taste.
Tilkut is a soft, delicate and rounded light sweet vegetarian item which one can get easily at Gaya, the birth place of this delicious item. Gaya as one may recall is famous for many things – Bodh Gaya, Vishnu pad temple and a place for doing shraadh during pitra – paksh besides items like anarsa, khaja and lye.
After the harvest of sugar cane means in winter this product is mainly made however its during makar sakranti i.e, the harvest festival, it attracts huge demand. Roughly we can say that from September / October till March one can get easily this item at Gaya and many other places of Bihar / Jharkhand and eastern belt of India. According to the nutritional value chart of sesame oil, per 100 grams contain 40 grams monounsaturated fats, 42 grams polyunsaturated fats and about 14 grams saturated fats. Sesame oil contains an amino acid known as tyrosine, which is directly connected to serotonin activity. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter which impacts our mood. An imbalance of it could lead to depression and stress. According to experts, consuming foods that help in the production of serotonin helps in feeling positive. Sesame seeds are a good source of energy due to the high fat content. They contain healthy fats like polyunsaturated fatty acids and Omega-6. They also contain fibre, iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus that helps boost energy levels." They also help in moisturising the scalp and improve blood circulation to rejuvenate hair follicles.
Anti-ageing properties - Sesame seeds are packed with antioxidants that reverse signs of ageing.