Friday, December 24, 2010

Gajjak - Almond Peanut Brittle with Jaggery

Peanut Gajjak or Chikki

It was freezing cold outside. I was craving to have peanut gajak, my husband suggested easier to give it a try at home rather than driving to indian grocery store. He was right, in less than 15 minutes, both of us were enjoying gajak with our evening tea. Though couldn't get perfect shape at home in the first go, it tasted much better than store bought. Perhaps we were in love with our home made gajak. I can say that its one of the easiest sweet to make at home. One can easily indulge in this sweet as made up of jaggery and peanuts, both very healthy ingredients.

Peanuts: 1/2 cup
Jaggery powder (Coarse Brown Sugar): 1 cup
Desi Ghee : 2 tsp
Cardamom powder : 1/2 tsp
Fennel seeds : 1tsp
Almonds/Cashews : 1/4 cup, optional

Dry roast the peanuts in a nonstick pan.
Now add almonds and roast for another 2 minutes.
Let the peanuts/almonds cool down and take off the skin from the peanuts.
Roughly break the peanuts and almonds into two halves.
Prepare a tray by layering it with  silver foil, spray oil to set in the chikki.
I greased saucer plates to get round chikkis of equal size.
I forgot to layer it with foil, but you should do it to save the hassel of cleaning.

Heat desi ghee in a non stick skillet and add jaggery powder.
Keep stirring continuously on low heat  till the jaggery melts and changes color to light golden brown. Add lightly crushed fennel seeds, cardamom powder, peanuts and almond halves in to the paste.
Give all the ingredients a quick stir and pour the jaggery/brittle paste on the foil/saucers, observing caution as its too hot.
Press the chikki with the back of steel ladder/rolling pin to make a thin layer.
Let the chikkis dry for a while, cut it in desired shape when still warm with pizza cutter or knife.

Voila, home made peanut brittle/ gajjak/ chikki is ready... !

Share and enjoy jaggery brittle with family and friends.... !!!!!!

1 comment:

  1. You just reminded me of those cold winter days in India when those little packets of gajjak brought home used to be a treat!
    You have some really great recipes! Can't wait to try them! Keep up the good work :-)


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