Moongphali Chikki (Peanut Brittle) – Lohri Special

Chikki - Indian Curry Shack

Sunder mundriye ho! Tera kaun vicaharaa ho!
Dullah bhatti walla ho! Dullhe di dhee vyayae ho!
Ser shakkar payee ho! Kudi da laal pathaka ho!
Kudi da saalu paatta ho! Salu kaun samete!
Chache choori kutti! Zamidara lutti!
Zamindaar sudhaye! Bade bhole aaye!
Ek bhola reh gaya! Sipahee far ke lai gaya!
Sipahee ne mari eet! Sanoo de de lohri te teri jeeve jodi!
Bhaanvey ro te bhaanvey pit!

Wishing all of you a very Happy Lohri!


The Lohri festival reminds me of Indian winters, bonfire, sweets and the most my Grand Mother who used to sing the lines I wrote above and we used to dance around the Lohri bonfire. 🙂

Lohri is the most popular harvest festival of Punjab and it marks the end of the cold chilly winter and welcomes the arrival of spring and New Year. It is believed that Lohri is the longest night of the year. After Lohri, the days become longer and the nights shorter. It is traditional to eat peanuts, gajak (sesame seed brittle), jaggery and  moongphali chikki (peanut brittle) on this day.

‘Moongphali Chikki (Peanut Brittle)’ is an interesting mix of peanuts and jaggery. Here’s the easy recipe for you! 🙂

Preparation Time 10-15 minutes
Cooking Time 15-20 minutes
Servings 3-4
Main Ingredients Peanuts & Jaggery
Course Dessert/Sweets
Level Of Cooking Medium

Ingredients                                                                  

  • Peanuts  1 cup (dry roasted and peeled)
  • Jaggery  (Gud) 1 cup (alternative, brown sugar)
  • Refined butter (Ghee)  3 tablespoons

Method

Step 1
Break the peeled peanuts with your palms. Keep aside. Grease a flat tray/plate with some refined butter (ghee). Keep aside.

Chikki being prepared - ICSStep 2
Heat ghee (refined butter) in a pan on medium flame for 1/2 a minute. Add the jaggery (gud) and allow it to melt (around 7-10 minutes). You can test if it’s ready by placing a drop on a flat surface, if it cools to harden to a brittle consistency then it’s done. Now turn off the flame and add the peanuts and stir well with a spatula till well coated with jaggery (gud).

Chikki ready - ICSStep 3
Pour the mixture into the greased tray/plate and spread evenly and smoothen with the back of the spatula to 1/2 inch height. After 5-7 minutes, slice into small squares or any other shape of your choice. Allow it to cool well and then enjoy the delicious Moongphali Chikki (Peanut Brittle).

You can store the Moongphali Chikki (Peanut Brittle) for a few days in an airtight container and relish it.

Cheers!
Anugya

 

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