Crunchy and sweet, peanut fried gram chikki is my family favorite munching snack. I nibble it while editing, writing or reading blog posts, lil’M carries these in her snack box and my husband loves to savor this after meal. I always make chikki at home and I have got few variations in making it. The one I am going to share with you is easy, simple and yum chikki recipe.
Talking about snack box I remember, few days back I have asked my facebook buddies about options to pack in snack box for 3 year old to her school? I have got so many replies to the query…..top among them were fruit pieces, biscuits, bread pieces, cheese, idli, poori etc.; Lil’M is little fussy when it comes to eating fruits, but she likes juices and shakes. Sometimes I make juice, sometimes I add puree in making muffins, which she loves to eating. Sending something new in snack box everyday is a challenging task…but its fun too…
I tried biscuits, muffins, chocos, dry fruits, wafers, chips, bite sized bread with jam pieces, boiled egg, etc., and today I wanted to send something new, healthy and yum…which lil’M loves and can eat easily. In the process I thought of Peanut and Fried Gram Chikki or balls.
Peanut Fried Gram Chikki with Jaggery
I used jaggery (gud), as jaggery is also called as medical sugar and has got micro nutrients and is also a good source of Iron. Jaggery is easily digestible too. Peanuts are rich in energy and carry good dietary fiber. So what could be a better snack than chiiki for lil’M to carry her snack box. During my college days, chikki was my savoir as I had the habit to nibble something while studying late at night. Till date I love these as mid night snacking and I feel these bars or brittle or balls are best companion while you are travelling or reading a book…..Do you like these too….? Then check out this simple and easy recipe…
Peanut Fried Gram Chikki Recipe
- 1 cup Peanuts
- ¾ cup Fried gram
- 2 cups grated Jaggery
- 2 tbsp. Ghee
How to make Peanut Fried Gram Chikki
- In a heavy bottom cooking vessel or non stick pan dry roast peanuts. Once done take them out on a kitchen plate. Let them cool and gently remove the skin by rubbing peanuts in between your palms. Set aside.
- In the same pan gently roast the fried gram for 1-2 minutes. Take out on a plate and set aside. Grease plate with ghee and set aside.
- Take a heavy bottom cooking vessel, add grated jaggery. On low flame leave the jaggery to melt. Stir in between and remove the scum if any.
- When the jaggery tends to thick and turn dark colour add ghee. Give the mixture a gentle stir.
- Now add roasted and de-skinned peanuts, roasted fried gram by giving the jaggery mixture good stir.
- Turn off the flame and pour the mixture on a greased plate. Spread evenly with back side of a big spoon or wooden spatula or rolling pin.
- Leave the mixture to cool for 1-2 minutes and start to shape into balls by applying a drop of ghee to your palms.
- If you want square pieces, take a sharp knife and run through the surface on the evenly spread mixture as shown in the picture above.
- Or else you can just break up the mixture into small pieces once the mixture has come down to room temperature.
- Add love to make this peanut fried gram chikki taste ‘Yummy’.
Tips to make Peanut Fried Gram Chikki:
- When you are shaping out the balls, be careful as the mixture will be hot to handle.
- Be careful when you are working with jaggery, stir regularly but gently to avoid burning of the mixture.
- Once the peanut fried gram chikki or brittle come to room temperature, store them in a clean and dry air tight container.
Variations in Chikki:
- You can make plain peanut chikki by skipping fried gram.
- Add roasted sesame seeds in place of peanuts in the above recipe and make sesame chikki.
- You can make chikki out of cashews too withe the above procedure.