Thursday, January 15, 2015

Dry Fruit Brittle/Chikki

Dry Fruit Brittle/Chikki


Every year on Jan'14th we celebrate the festival of Sankranti. This festival is basically beginning of the new year as or Hindu Solar Calendar. So this day basically all the farmers and other celebrate new harvest..

Main ingredients of all the food and sweets prepared on this day includes sesame seeds and Jaggery. All,the markets and sweet shops this time around in India is flooded with sesame seeds and jaggery brittles.  There are many kind of brittles available in market this time which includes, sesame seeds brittle, peanuts brittle, rose petal brittle, dry fruit brittle. 

I have been lucky that my mom sends me all the home made goodies every year, so I had never really tried my hands on these sweets, but this time for the sake of self satisfaction I had to try this amazing, yummy and rich dry fruit brittle/Chikki. Yes, of course this recipe was given to me by mom and it turned out awesome...:)

Sharing my take on these dry fruit Chikki..:)

Ingredients
- 1/2 cup cashew, sliced
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
-  2 tbsp. chopped unsalted pistachios
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp of ghee/ clarified butter+ some for greasing
- 2 tbsp. of hot milk
- few saffron strands 

Process
1. Take hot milk in small bowl, and add saffron. Mix and keep aside. 
2. In a wok/pan add 1 tbsp. ghee and let it heat. 
3. Once done, add sliced cashews and almonds.
4. Roast them till light golden brown on low flame. In the meanwhile, take approx 10 inches of a foil paper and grease with some ghee.
5. Just when you are about to turn off the flame, add pistachio and mix well. 
6. In a separate pan, add remaining 1 tbs. of ghee and let it heat.
7. Once done add sugar and in medium flame, let the sugar melt/caramelise. Please ensure to stir continuously. 
8. Once sugar is melted completely add the roasted nuts. And mix well.
9. One the sugar is mixed nicely with all the nuts, add the milk with saffron mixture. And give a quick stir.
10. Now, quickly pour the mixture on the greased foil paper. Please be careful as this mixture will be very hot.
11. With a greased spoon or greased rolling pin spread the mixture quickly and evenly.
12. Once done, with the help of a pizza cutter or a sharp knife, make cuts on the mixture of desired shapes.
13. Let this cool completely, before you have a bite... :)

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