Handmade, jagged edges and all.
Update: This is a picture from my "More than a Recipe" series. Everything in this picture is handmade by me. The little bowl is something I made in the pottery class I have been going to for the past 4 weeks or so. It was the first thing I made on the wheel. The clay I throw on the wheel always assumes a life of its own. In this case, it is the most perfect yet simple bowl I have ever made. The glaze turned out great, too. Since the glaze has been fired in a kiln at over 2200F, this bowl can be used to serve food, heat in the microwave and eat out of.
The food in the bowl was supposed to be til gul. Or tilache ladu. But the gul or the jaggery was not the sticky kind and the ladus flopped miserably. I had over 1 and half cups of sesame seeds, 1/4 packet (1/4 kg) of jaggery, 1/4 cup of peanuts and a couple of tablespoons of coconut powder vested in this so I was not ready to give up yet. I greased a small casserole dish, pressed the hot mixture into it and heated it in the microwave for a minute at a time, pressing it down further after each minute. I cut it and let it cool. But the darn thing was stuck to the casserole and I got all kinds of wierd shapes when I tried to pry it out. My family, who had previously scorned at my efforts to make til gul, helped themselves to this new avatar of til gul, tilachi chikki or sesame brittle, with abandon. That gave me enough incentive to try again with what was left. Only this time, I lined the casserole with wax paper. It worked. Kind of. There was nothing stuck to the casserole. The wax paper on the other hand was one with the chikki. I pulled out as much as I could. The rest, we just ate along with the chikki!