Chikki-Peanut brittle

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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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Chikki-Peanut brittle

Category: Dessert

Cuisine: Indian

Chikki-Peanut brittle

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanuts/groundnuts without skin
  • 1/2 cup jaggery
  • 1 tbsp ghee or clarified butter(You can use oil/vegan butter for vegan version)
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder

Instructions

  1. Pulse peanuts in a food processor to coarsely chop it.
  2. Dry roast crushed peanuts for 5 mins.
  3. Remove the peanuts.Keep it aside.
  4. Add ghee,jaggery. Mix on low flame.
  5. In bowl of water,add a drop of jaggery to check if it is brittle.
  6. Add cardamom,peanuts,switch off flame.Mix well.
  7. Spread mix on baking paper or a greased tray.Press evenly.
  8. Draw incisions.Break into desired shapes.
  9. Store in a dry jar.Serve fresh.

Note: You can also make this brittle with sugar.Use the same amount as jaggery.

http://www.secondrecipe.com/chikki-peanut-brittle/

For more chikki recipes click varo or lai

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