Chikki or nut brittle is an absolute essential during makar sankranti and we share with you 6 of our favourite recipes to pick from this harvest season. Make sure you add a good sprinkling of seseme seeds over these so you can live up to the chant of Til gud ghya ani god god bola!
Fudgy fresh fruit chikki
Fresh fruit in a chikki does sound odd but once you try this you will wonder why you haven’t tried it before. The crunch in this chikki comes from salted peanuts but otherwise it has the most sticky, chewy fudge like texture with a surprise burst of freshness from pear, pineapples and apples in each bite.
Control your cholesterol – rajgira chikki
Much healthier than other chikkis that use cholesterol loaded nuts and sugar, this one is made with high fibre amaranth grain and jaggery. So it is okay to indulge in large slabs of this one stress free, all you need to be careful about is popping the rajgira in really small quantities while making it. Large batches will give you unevenly popped seeds which totally lack the lovely popcorn like taste and texture.
Classic Chana Dal chikki
Crisp roasted chana dal studded in a beautiful dark coloured jaggery caramel with a hint of cardamom – this chikki looks as great as it tastes. Like someone rightly said the simplest things are often the best.
Muffin mould coconut chikkis
Roasted dried coconut and poppy seeds mixed with jaggery, sugar and a hint of green cardamom create this beautiful coconut chikki. The fun part about this chikki is that it is set in muffin moulds. We don’t know if it is the attractive shape or the fabulous taste but these vanish before you can even count to 10.
Chocolate chikki balls
If you like chikki and you like chocolates then this recipe is custom made for you. Sautéed peanuts, melted jaggery, chocolate powder and chocolate chips mixed together shaped into balls dusted with more cocoa powder – not really a chikki but you definitely won’t be missing the flavours of one in this!
Til and peanut laddoos are all over the place during sankrant and if shaping these is just too much of a chore for you try this chikki recipe instead. It is relatively the same mixture and all you need to do is give the ingredients a good stir in a pan, pour it out in a tray to set and while that happens you can indulge in some good old kite flying fun!
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