Sunday, March 20, 2016

Mixed nuts chikki/ Mixed nuts brittle ~~ Holi recipes

An all time favorite of all age groups, these chikkis or candies can rival the taste of chocolates and are a perfect healthy treat for kids. A twist to the regular peanut chikkis by adding mixed nuts is just what you will need when you are craving for a nutritious sweet snack.

Chikkis are Indian brittles but sugar is replaced by jaggery in the Indian version. It is hard to stop eating peanut chikkis once you taste them and are my all time favorite snack from childhood. My mom used to prepare a huge box of chikkis from jaggery that we got from our hometown also called as Joni bella. The taste is unbelievably addictive and chikkis are the one thing that I can eat any time, any date irrespective of the diet I am in the middle of!  Though I can make peanut chikkis at home now, I don't because I have never come out with the chikkis that taste as good as store bought or mom-made. 

Last time when my mom told me that my dad has been craving for chocolates, I quickly got to making sugar-free Dry fruits and mixed nuts Burfi and decided to make some chikkis as well. Since I don't like my home-made peanut chikkis, I decided to make mixed nuts chikkis. I had to dry roast n powder/pulse the nuts for burfis anyway.

Chikkis are also made with sugar that is caramelized and you can taste the difference. I love the jaggery ones and they are a good option health wise too. So, here is an easy and fail-safe recipe for Mixed nuts chikkis that you will fall in love with, in your first bite!

Nutritional Information  (Approx) (per serving)
Energy  92.7 Calories
Fat 6.2 %
Carbohydrates 8.3 %
Dietary Fiber 1.7 %
Sodium 1 mg
Vitamin A 0.6 %
Vitamin C 0.4 %
Calcium  2.2 %
Iron  3.6 %
Protein 2.7 Grams
Sugar 4.6 Grams

Walnuts 100 grams
Cashew nuts 50 grams
Almonds 100 grams
Pistachios 100 grams
Flax seeds 100 grams
Cardamom powder  1/2 teaspoon
Ghee/Clarified butter 1 teaspoon
Jaggery grated 1 & 1/2 cups

Dry roast Almonds in a pan under low flame till they turn crisp.Let them cool completely and grind into a coarse powder.
Dry roast all the remaining nuts together till they turn crisp for about 5-6 minutes under low flame. Remove from flame and let them cool completely.
Dry roast flax seeds covered in a pan since they pop. Once they turn a little dark, remove from flame and let it cool. Grind the roasted flax seeds to a coarse powder.

Mix all the ground nuts and set them aside while you prepare the jaggery. Grate jaggery and keep it ready.
In a kadai, melt ghee and add jaggery. Keep the flame under low and keep stirring. Once the mixture turns to One-string consistency {Take the mixture in a spoon and take it with your forefinger. a single thread is formed (and does not break) when your forefinger and your thumb are pulled apart gently.}
Add the nuts mixture, cardamom powder and mix well. Cook for 2 minutes and remove from flame.

Grease a plate with little ghee or oil. Spread the mixture quickly and using a rolling pin, gently roll on the mixture and let it cool down completely.
Mark and cut when it is still warm and it will be easy to remove the pieces once cooled down completely.

* You can replace jaggery with sugar and the quantity is same.
* You can also add peanuts (dry roasted and skin peeled) and Grated dry coconut. 

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