Bhugga ( Sweetened Sesame Seed Balls )

Bhugga &  Lohri
Lohri is a North Indian festival usually falling on 13th January every year. It is believed that the farmers celebrate Lohri in anticipation of a good harvest of wheat crop in  March–April. Lohri is more significant if there has been a wedding or birth of a new baby in the family.

What ever the reason may be, Lohri is one festival which is enjoyed by children & adults alike. It starts in the morning when children go door to door singing & demanding goodies like rewris, gajak, til (sesame seeds), peanuts etc. In the evening, the whole family gets involved in the setting up of bonfire without which this festival is in complete. The mood is set for further celebrations once the bonfire is lit.

Amidst all this merry making, food has not taken a back seat. Like any other Indian festival,you can expect special snacks, sweets & other delicacies. One of the sweets which needs special mention is the Bhugga, which is a lohri speciality & my favorite too. Though many other sweets like Ganne ki Kheer (Sugarcane rice pudding), Atte ke laddoo ( Wheat flour balls) are served on Lohri, Bhugga is special because it is exclusively made around Lohri time. 
Makes:   12-16 balls                        Level: Easy            
Preparation time : 10 minutes           Cooking time :  10 minutes
Ready in : 30 minutes                     Course:  Dessert
  • 1 1/2 cup fat free ricotta cheese / khoya (any grocery store)
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk ( low fat )
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds (baking section of any grocery store)
  • 1/3 cup dry milk powder
  • 2 tablespoons  unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon elaichi ( green cardamom) powder
  • Mix all the ingredients except sesame seeds in a medium bowl.
  • Microwave it for 10 minutes, stirring it every two minutes. You know its cooked when you start getting a nice aroma & also by the look of it.
  • Now add sesame seeds & let it cool for 10 minutes.
  • Make small balls  (any size you want ). I usually make 1-2 inches round balls which makes around 15 balls.

Cooking Suggestions
You can add dry fruit ( almonds, pistachios,raisins). I don’t enjoy them in any dessert, so I prefer not using them.
  • Ricotta cheese is low in Sodium. It is also a good source of Protein, Calcium and Selenium. But it is very high in Saturated Fat ( That’s why I use non fat versions).
  • Sesame seeds are rich in B-complex vitamins such as niacin, folic acid, thiamin (vitamin B1), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), and riboflavin.
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  1. I'm sure …some Indian sweets differ only in names…& when we see the recipe we know it's the same one 🙂

  2. I think I might have made the gujju version of Bhugga on 14th jan (Uttarayan festival for us)..will share recipe soon…loved your version too..will def. try next time.

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    • Thanks Monika for sharing this quick and easy Bhugga recipe which came to my rescue when the Indian store ran short of it on Lohri day.<br />They turned out great:)<br />I just had to watch the stuff while in microwave. May be my microwave heat is strong, I had to cook it only for 4 minutes and I figured out by aroma and colour that its done.

    • Thanks for the feedback Raspreet.<br />Each microwave has different heating power for high, &amp; I think yours is really powerful one, hence less cooking time :))

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