WINTER – Time to enjoy pleasant weather and healthy-warm food! I remember so well, in my childhood we were offered chikkis made of peanuts, sesame seeds and jaggery. Said to be the best snack in winter, it helps to keep us warm from the inside and healthy. I am glad; I have a chance to share my favourite recipe of chikki! It makes for an apt snack for people who have a sweet tooth. That gooeyness with the obvious sweetness from jaggery, crunch from peanuts and other dry fruits is loved by all in my house.
I am sure if you stay in Maharashtra, India then you must have been at least once to Lonavala just to eat chikki. People visit this beautiful scenic destination only for two things – firstly – to see the cascading rainfalls from the emerald valleys as it’s a hill station located in the Western part of India and secondly – to indulge their sweet cravings with those chewy nutty bars. These luscious treats are the place’s famous draw and worth a try.
Food can drive people anywhere, don’t you agree? There is a small shop 30 km far from my house that makes puri bhaji for 5 bucks only. I am sure you don’t believe me, but my sister and I love it madly and try to rush to this place as it’s only available till 10 am. That too, for just 5 bucks!! The potato veggie that they offer is just unmatched to any puri bhaji wala.
So these Indian style energy bars (chikki) are made with very common ingredients that can easily be found in our kitchen. It doesn’t take much time to make it. Just melt some jaggery (few people use sugar) and caramelise it well, so that it’s not too sticky and easy to cut into pieces. The measurement makes a huge difference in taste and how gooey it is (if you use too much it becomes chewy and if too less then it turns hard.) So make sure you use 1:1 ratio for jaggery and other dry ingredients.
- ¾ cup oats
- ½ cup nuts (I’ve used almonds, peanuts & cashew)
- 2 tbsp. clarified butter
- 1 tsp. sesame seeds to sprinkle
- 1 cup jaggery
Method: YouTube video
- In a Pan heat the clarified butter.
- Add jaggery, let it caramelise. Switch off the gas flame.
- Add roasted oats and nuts.
- Mix it all well. In a greased pan add the mixture.
- Sprinkle sesame seeds and press well to even it out on a plate.
- Cut into desired shape after its semi cool. These sweet treats are now ready to eat!