Chikki is a brittle dessert made of nuts, mainly groundnuts and jaggery. Chikki recipe is a popular item of the western part of India and its demand increases in special occasions like Diwali, Lohri, Pongal and Ganesh Chaturthi. It can be made of groundnuts or peanuts, cashews, almonds, walnuts or pistachios. The associated names of chikki include Kaju Chikki, Badam Chikki, Pista Chikki, to name just a few. Each recipe has been named on the basis of the ingredients used. In the Indian subcontinent Glucose Chikki made of glucose is also popular.
Origin of Chikkis
Chikki has originated mainly from Maharashtra, in the western part of India and has crossed the border to become worldwide popular. It is a popular sweet in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. In Brazil it is known as pé-de-moleque. It got its name from the colonial era when a number of odd rocks surfaced most streets.
Ingredients and Methods of Preparing Chikki Recipe
Chikki preparation mainly requires ingredients like roasted groundnuts without skins, jaggery and ghee or butter. In the absence of jaggery, brown sugar is added. This sweet is mainly prepared by making hot syrup of jaggery by mixing little water. The nuts are allowed to be coated in the syrup and are then carefully transferred to a wooden mould, rolling into a thickness of around six to eight mm with the help of a wooden roller. The chikki is then cut into slabs and are provided square, rectangular or diamond shape. The pé-de-moleque in Brazil is prepared by combining peeled peanuts with brown sugar or rapadura. Sometimes, macerated peanuts are also added. This mixture is cooked on low flame till it almost gets crystallized. Later, this chikki mixture is poured on a plane oil coated tray in small pieces. The usage of peanuts oil makes the Brazilian cookie soft and less brittle.
Serving Chikki Recipe
Chikki can be served anytime of the day as a sweet snack. It goes well with tea or coffee. The item can be prepared beforehand and stored in an air-tight container to be consumed at anytime.
Some Health Facts to Chikki Dish
Chikki contains groundnuts, cashews, pistachios or almonds thereby providing nutritious. However, due to the high presence of ghee or butter, the chikki recipe is not recommended for those who are on their weight losing programs. Also, this candy contains huge quantity of jaggery or sugar which is completely unhealthy for those suffering from diabetes.