Chikki-peanut brittle is a popular Indian sweet.Most westerners have heard about it as peanut brittle or groundnut brittle.Most of you might have heard of Lonavala chikki,while travelling your way from Mumbai to Pune. It is extremely popular as a snack during bus and train travel.However, not many people know this sweet is a traditional Diwali sweet,in all Sindhi households.We make a wide variety of chikki(called lai) using peanuts/groundnuts or mungphali,sesame or til seeds,puffed rice or murmura,bengal gram or phutane dal (lai), or mix dry fruits using cashews,pistachios,almonds(varo).
This sweet is also popular in other communities like Marathi,Gujarati and Punjabi communities especially with kids.It needs very little cooking and can be stored at room temperature in dry jar.
You can also make the vegan version of this chikki-peanut brittle, by using oil instead of ghee/clarified butter.This recipe uses jaggery or gud to provide natural sweetness in the brittle,thus making it healthier alternative to sugar based version. Jaggery also helps improve immunity.It is heat inducing and helps you fight cold when winter sets in.(However, please check with your doctor in case of any concerns.).If you like,you can use the same amount of sugar to make it.Usually Gujarati or Kolhapuri jaggery is used to make the sweet.
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