Peanut Chikki Recipe: A Sweet and Crunchy Delight from Pakistan

  • 1 cup raw peanuts
  • 1/2 cup jaggery (gur) or sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder (optional)
  • A pinch of salt
  • Roasting Peanuts:
    – Begin by dry-roasting the raw peanuts in a pan over medium heat. Stir continuously to ensure even roasting. Roast until the peanuts turn golden brown and start releasing their nutty aroma. This usually takes about 5-7 minutes. Keep a close eye on them to prevent burning.
  • Removing Peels:
    – Once roasted, transfer the peanuts to a clean kitchen towel. Fold the towel over them and rub vigorously. This will help remove the skins from most of the peanuts. Don’t worry if some skin remains; it adds a rustic touch.
  • Crushing the Peanuts:
    – Coarsely crush the roasted peanuts. You can do this by placing them in a zip-lock bag and gently rolling over them with a rolling pin or by using a food processor. Leave some bigger pieces for added texture.

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  • Preparing the Jaggery Syrup:
    – In a separate pan, melt the jaggery (or sugar) over low heat. Stir continuously until it completely melts and starts to bubble. If you’re using jaggery, strain it through a fine sieve to remove any impurities.
  • Checking Syrup Consistency:
    – To check if the jaggery syrup is ready, drop a small amount into a bowl of water. It should form a hard, brittle ball when cooled. This is known as the “hard ball stage” in candy making.
  • Adding Cardamom and Salt:
    – If desired, add a pinch of cardamom powder and a pinch of salt to the jaggery syrup for flavor. Mix well.
  • Combining Peanuts and Jaggery:
    – Quickly add the crushed peanuts to the hot jaggery syrup. Mix well to coat the peanuts evenly with the syrup.
  • Shaping the Chikki:
    – Transfer the peanut-jaggery mixture to a greased plate or tray. Spread it out evenly and press it down firmly using a greased spatula or the back of a spoon. You can also use a rolling pin to flatten it.
  • Cutting into Pieces:
    – While the mixture is still warm but not scalding hot, use a greased knife to cut it into desired shapes. Traditionally, squares or diamond shapes are common.
  • Cooling and Setting:
    – Allow the chikki to cool completely at room temperature. It will harden as it cools.
  • Serving:
    – Once completely cool and set, gently remove the chikki pieces from the plate. Store them in an airtight container, separating layers with parchment paper to prevent sticking.

– Your homemade peanut chikki is ready to be enjoyed! It’s a delightful sweet and crunchy treat that’s perfect for snacking.

Peanut chikki is a classic Pakistani sweet that’s not only delicious but also simple to make at home. Whether you’re sharing it with family and friends or enjoying it as a snack, it’s a delightful addition to any occasion.

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