Hi everyone!! this post is dedictaed to Makar Sakranti which is on 14th January. Being away from home, I miss celebrating festivals with great pomp and splendour. We used to celebrate this festival by flying kites, eating til papdi and peanut chikki.
For the first time I have tried making these sweet delicacies. I was a bit nervous to make them but they have turned out to be delicious and cruncy. I can say a perfect texture. 🙂
Til(Sesame seeds) are a great source of protein, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. Jaggery is again a good source of Iron and Calcium. Both of them Sesame seeds and Jaggery prevents us from the bad effects of cold weather.
So to celebrate the festival of Makar Sakranti let’s indulge in sesame and jaggery sweets.
Ingredients For Til (Sesame Seeds) Papdi:
- 1 cup roasted til (sesame seeds)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
- 1-2 tbsp chopped mixed nuts
- 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
- In a pan on low heat add ghee once ghee is melted add sugar and let it melt too.
- Once sugar is melted add cardamom powder , chopped mixed nuts and roasted til and mix it well, turn off the flame (make sure not to overcook).
- Pour the mixture on parchment paper, keep one more paper on top and roll it with rolling pin as thin possible/ desire. While its still hot cut them in the desired shapes and let it cool. Ready to Serve.
Ingredients for Peanut Chikki
- 3/4 cup jaggery (gur)
- 1 cup peanuts
- 3 tsp water
- 1 tsp ghee
- In a pan dry roast peanuts until brown and toasty. Allow it to cool. When comfortable to touch, start rubbing peanuts in between your hands and its outer layer will start to come off.
- In a pan on low heat, combine jaggery and water and bring it to boil. Colour of chikki will depend on the type of jaggery you use.
- When the jaggery syrup becomes thick (almost like 2 string consistency) and coats the back of your spoon. .
- Other way to check the consistency- take a bowl of water. Pour few drops of jaggery in water, if the drop solidifies and settle at the bottom of the bowl then the syrup is ready.
- Add peanuts in the jaggery mixture and mix well.
- Grease a plate and spread the mix. Spread the mixture while it is still hot.
- Cover the mixture with parchment paper and using a rolling pin spread it evenly. Cut the chikki into square pieces while it is hot.
- Let it cool completely.Enjoy the chikkis.