The chikki refreshes us way back to our childhood days when these peanuts chikkis used to be sold at every shop for just 5 rupees a hand full depending upon the size of the chikki. It is a very simple and authentic sweet item for every common man. Though jaggery is the usual sweetner material for chikki, sugar is also used as the base in certain varieties of chikkis.
It’s a popular sweet item both in the rural and urban Indian subcontinent but presently hardly found in the urban markets. Popularity also spread to countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. If you are a regular traveler to Mumbai you must have come across the local hill stations namely Lonavala, Karjat and Matheran which are very famous for a variety of Chikkis.
Big and small slabs of chikkis made of peanuts, badam, kaju and sesame seeds are sold in the trains and in the platforms of these stations. An all time favorite for most of the people. It is also said that Ahmedabad is considered to be the hub of chikkis.
The preparation of chikki is very simple and consists of first preparing the hot sugar or jaggery (molasses) syrup with a minimum of water, adding nuts to the syrup to coat them (with the syrup) and then transferring the nuts to a wooden mould, then rolling them to a thickness of about 6–8 mm using a wooden roller, cutting into slabs, and packing. In homes, smaller quantities are hand rolled with wooden rollers.
This traditional preparation results in soft, irregularly-shaped sweets of a dark brown color. Besides the traditional process, the sweet is also produced industrially, by mixing melted sugar with peanuts and then pouring the mix into square moulds, resulting in hard bars of a lighter color.
Similar to the Indian chikki are the Pé-de-moleque ("urchin foot") a traditional sweet from the Brazilian cuisine made of peanuts and jaggery or molasses. The origin of name lies in the fact that most streets in colonial Brazil were made by laying down various odd rocks in a loose layer of sand/dirt, and having street-boys stomp on them to flatten the surface.
Streets made by this method came to be called "pé-de-moleque." The appearance of the peanuts stuck together by molasses was found to be similar to that of these types of streets, and so, the sweet took the same name. Peanut chikki is a popular munching candy like item which is available allover India. It is also known as poor man’s sweet because it is sold in the smallest of shops in poorest of region simply because it is cheap and sells at very low prices.
The chikkis are very commonly sold at nearby schools stored in glass jars and sold at low prices. Every Indian is familiar with the chikki that are cute little brittle candies and is mostly eaten like time pass sweet. Though jaggery is the usual used as the sweetener material, sugar is used as the base in certain types of chikkis.
It is a very popular sweet item in both rural and urban India. Some people also add glucose to the chikkis, and "glucose chikkis" are very famous in India. The aroma that comes out of this when the peanuts are roasted, then mixed with sugar and cardamom is just amazing.
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Widely in demand for its high nutritional value and long shelf life, the Peanut Chikki has helped us to carve niche in markets across the globe. Tips to remember - The sugar should not be heated for long. Once it melts down, immediately the peanuts should be added. Mixture should not be allowed to cool before spreading.
If it cools a bit, it cannot be spread and once it reaches this point, you cannot bring it to normal again. These can also be made with jaggery. When jaggery is used, do not use ghee, the whole process takes more time since jaggery needs to be heated till it has the right consistency. After heating the jaggery, put a drop of it in a bowl of water.
If the drop sits like a solid drop in water, then you have the right consistency. But mostly the sugar version is very popular among all. Peanut originates from semi-arid areas of Brazil while India, tropical Africa, and China are the leading peanut producing countries.
Whole peanuts contains high amount of protein, which makes it a preferred diet of those people engaged in body-building and those people who are weak and underweight.
The raw peanut butter with crushed skin contains much higher amounts of nutrient than refined "nut-only" butter. Peanut is a good source of Coenzyme Q10 which protects the heart during the period of lack of oxygen example high altitudes and clogged arteries.