Nuts Chikki is a popular and traditional Indian candy made with a mix of almond, cashew, pistachios and flavoured with cardamom . It is one of the exotic Chikki variations .
Traditionally sugar is used to make this candy but I have used jaggery . One needs to melt the jaggery with out using any water and roast till it turns golden and releases a wonderful aroma . Once you have that golden melted jaggery , you can add the nuts . After mixing one just needs to bring the complete mass down and roll it thin . This process has to be done fast as the jaggery tends to dry up as it cools .
I have used almonds , cashews and pistachios , and used cardamom to flavour up the Chikki , but you could use any one but too or perhaps some other combination of nuts . For flavouring you could even use some rose extract or vanilla extract .
The Nuts Chikki is a favourite with my brothers , specially my eldest brother . Recently his son got married and the wedding was in Orlando . Dry Fruits in the form of Mithais , Ladoos , Chikkis are a must to carry , so this time I made this Chikki and some Burfi and everyone simply relished the crunchy Chikki .
Sugar is the principal ingredient used for candies , though jaggery is a excellent option . I wanted to try some sugar lollipops but had to postpone these for the next time Valli announces this theme . Anyway let’s check the recipe for this Nuts Chikki which makes an excellent candy .
250 gms jaggery
250 gms mix nuts ( almonds , cashews and pistachios )
Few strands saffron
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
Grease the counter of your platform and place a bowl of water before you start making the brittle
Lightly roast the nuts , cut them into halves .
Heat 1 tsp oil in a nonstick pan .
Grate the jaggery and place it in the pan on slow heat .
Let it melt , while it melts , stir continuously , or it may burn .
The jaggery should turn golden and thick.
Test check by adding a drop in the bowl of water .
The ball should be hard , brittle.
Add the roasted nuts , cardamom powder and saffron .
Mix well and immediately bring it down on the greased counter .
Quickly wet your hand and bring together the lump .
Using a greased rolling pin roll the brittle .
Using a pizza cutter make incisions .
Let set and then break into pieces .
The Nuts Chikki is my Day1 post under the theme Candies come in different shapes.