The Kite Flying Season is here! The Harvest Festival or Makar Sankranti as known in most parts of India…or Lodhi in Punjab! It brings us such joy to celebrate this festival…😊 And it marks the beginning of Spring in India!
Eating Sesame (til), Peanuts (Moongfali) & Jaggery (Gur) is a tradition on this day…and making Chikki (brittle) or Laddoos (fudges) with these ingredients are very common is every household. My Mom would make these too and we enjoyed them for weeks as she’d make them in large batches😁
A lot of people make these Chikkis with sugar too…and my Mom shared her recipe with me a few years ago…as I wanted to make another variety of these…along with the usual jaggery ones. The ones made with sugar are more crispy! Let’s get started…
Yield: 4 large quarters or 8-10 smaller pieces
Equipment: a non stick pan, a plate/ tray, a spatula, measuring cups/ spoons.
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup roasted sesame seeds (white/ black)
1/2 cup roasted & husked peanuts (unsalted)
1/2 tsp cardamom pwd (optional)
1 tsp ghee + extra to grease the tray
Grease the tray and keep it ready. Heat ghee in the pan and the sugar. Let the sugar melt on low flame until it dissolves completely. Then add the cardamom pwd, sesame seeds & peanuts.
Keep the flame low and mix everything very well. Turn of the flame immediately. Now pour this mixture on the greased tray quickly and spread it out a bit. Take a knife and make lines on the mixture if you want to have evenly shaped pieces later.
Wait for the mixture to cool down..it will take about 15-20 mins. Then break it into pieces and store in an airtight container. It remains fresh for upto 2 weeks.
Happy Sankranti Everyone!