Continuing the Makar Sankranti theme, the next in line after the Til Papdi is another lovely and nutritious snack – Peanut Chikki (could be termed as Peanut Brittles). Peanut Chikki is a healthy, and delicious candy made from peanuts and jaggery. Apparently my husband and his friends ate/enjoyed them in Pune/Lonavla during their MBA days 🙂
Peanuts are a very good source of protein; and jaggery, though sweet, is for good for consumption during the winter months. This snack is not as warm as the Methi ke Laddu/Gond ke Laddu but it is definitely a lighter version to be enjoyed any time during the year. And if you happen to be peanut lover, then nothing like it 🙂 .
So let’s work the magic with the lovely peanuts !
The ingredients for making Peanut Chikki are :
- Peanut : 1 cup
- Jaggery (Gud/Gur) : 3/4 cup
- Clarified Butter (Ghee) : 1 tsp + greasing the tray
Take the peanuts in a bowl and add 1 tsp of water. Mix well and let it rest for 2 minutes. Then place the bowl in a microwave and cook for 3-4 minutes; and voila! it’s done without any stirring 😉 .
Let the roasted peanuts cool for 2-3 minutes and then remove their skin while they are still a little warm; next break them into halves.
Grease a plate/tray with ghee and keep it aside.
Heat 1 tsp of ghee in a pan on medium flame, add jaggery to it and stir continuously till the jaggery melts. Then cook and stir continuously for further 2-3 minutes.
To check the right consistency of molten jaggery : take a bowl filled with water and drop a small drop of molten jaggery intoit. If the jaggery drop turns into a solid drop and sits at the bottom then it is cooked otherwise cook it for some more time and repeat the check again till it is done.
Now add the roasted peanuts into the molten jaggery syrup and cook for a minute while stirring vigorously; and then switch off the flame.
Now pour this hot mixture into the greased plate/tray and quickly spread it with the help of a spatula. Cut it into your preferred shape and size with a knife. Let it cool for sometime and then separate the pieces.
Your highly nutritious delicious Peanut Chikki is ready to be eaten. You can also store it in air-tight container for a later consumption.
Insider Tips / Finer Points :
- You can dry roast peanuts on a gas stove also. Take peanuts in a heavy bottom pan and dry roast them on medium flame for 5-6 minutes. Stir continuously to prevent burning.
- You may also use sugar instead of jaggery but remember that the colour and taste will be different.
- You can make Peanut Laddu out of this as well – grease your hands with ghee; take 1 Tbsp of the above prepared peanut-jaggery mixture in your hands, and make round shape laddus. Place them on a plate for cooling down. The Peanut Laddu’s are ready!
- The peanut-jaggery mixture should be hot for making either of Peanut Chikki or Laddu. The mixture is difficult to work with as it becomes rigid on getting cold.