How important is it to you that you know what is in the food you are eating, where it comes from and who grew it? I have had this conversation time and again with people. “what I don’t know is not going hurt me” and “ignorance is bliss” were the tip of the iceberg sort of responses I received from a lot of people. When I first began to ask this question almost a decade ago, not many people I had conversations with thought it was important.
To some I seemed like a pretentious food snob, to others I was someone who was trying to do the impossible.
I agree. When you are trying to feed a family, are on a tight budget or don’t have time to cook from scratch, the notion of farm to table / organic / from scratch cooking is daunting. After all, the way the present system is – eating fresh clean food is more expensive than getting take out. And you don’t even have to do the dishes.
But, in the last decade a lot has changed in terms of awareness. More people are trying to eat home made, cleaner food. We may not always eat local – after-all having access to exotic ingredients from around the world is a big incentive to cook at home. What is happening though is that more and more people are reading labels, cutting out excess sugar from food, saying no to buying things that don’t remotely have any real ingredients in them.
That brings us to today’s recipe. It was created over a whatsapp chat. One of my friend, who is a proponent of eating clean, said that she had sesame seeds she wanted to use. And wanted to know a good, healthy, nutritious way to use them. I knew she liked energy bars so I thought about making an energy bar. So here we are with the recipe for date and sesame bars. And if you are addicted to Til Chikki – a delightful concoction of jaggery and sesame seeds, you will absolutely love these bars.