'Til Ki Chutney,’ also known as 'Sesame Seed Chutney,’ is a traditional Pahari condiment originating from the hilly regions of India, particularly in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. This chutney is a delightful combination of toasted sesame seeds and traditional flavors. To prepare Til Ki Chutney, sesame seeds are dry-roasted until they turn golden brown, releasing their nutty aroma. The roasted seeds are then ground to a paste along with other ingredients like green chilies, tamarind, jaggery (unrefined sugar), and spices such as cumin and red chili.
The result is a rich and flavorful chutney with a complex taste profile, blending the nuttiness of sesame seeds with the tanginess of tamarind and the sweetness of jaggery. Til Ki Chutney is a versatile condiment, often used as a dipping sauce for snacks or served alongside traditional Pahari dishes like 'Chana Madra’ (chickpea curry) or 'Sidu’ (steamed wheat bread). This chutney reflects the creative use of locally available ingredients in Pahari cuisine. It not only adds a burst of flavor to dishes but also embodies the region’s culinary heritage, showcasing the balance of tastes and textures that define the cuisine.