When you imagine Indian winters, what’s the one snack you get a craving for? It’s chikki. Basically, your body looks to generate heat internally during winters. And what could generate heat more than that hot, hot combination of jaggery, clarified butter or ghee, and peanuts or sesame seeds? A yummy peanut brittle or chikki. It is a perfect snack to gorge on in winters to keep your body warm.
Think about it. It’s not spices or hot soup that warms us up in winters. It’s that homemade chikki that our grandmothers have been making at home every winter. You carry around a piece of this peanut or sesame brittle, and you can get a dose of heat and energy on the go.
- 1 cup peanuts, toasted, skin removed and halved
- 3/4 cup jaggery, chopped
- 2 tbsp ghee
- Grease the reverse side of a plate or a countertop with some ghee.
- Heat the remaining ghee in a heavy-bottomed or thick pan over a low flame. Add the jaggery. Stir and cook it till it turns into a smooth liquid (four to five minutes).
- To make sure that the jaggery is completely cooked, drop a bit into a bowl of cold water. If it solidifies instantly, it’s cooked.
- Take the jaggery off the heat, and add the peanut halves. Mix until all the peanuts are coated evenly.
- Pour the mixture over the greased surface, and roll it out into a thickness of about 1/3 inch.
- Quickly make cut marks on the chikki in the shape you want. When it cools down completely, break it into pieces and store in airtight containers.
So, this winter, fight the bitter cold with this sweet and energising snack.