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MIXED NUT CHIKKI / MIXED NUT BRITTLE


I wish all my readers Happy Woman's day!!!! & Happy Holi !!!  for all my friends who celebrate Holi today.






Chikki or Indian Brittle is a traditional ready-to-eat sweet generally made from groundnuts and Jaggery. There are several different varieties of chikki available in the market in addition to the most common groundnut chikki. Each chikki is named depending upon the ingredients used. Though Jaggery is the usual sweetener material, sugar is also used as the base in certain types of chikkis.  But today I am posting easy mixed nut chikki with sugar as the base.  You can prepare this in no time.  Here you go and enjoy the virtual treat…


 
 



MIXED NUT CHIKKI / MIXED NUT BRITTLE

Ingredients:

Mixed Nuts - 1 cup
I used Almonds, Pistachios and Cashew nuts
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Ghee - 1/4 tbsp + extra for greasing rolling pin and the foil or tray.
Baking soda - 1 pinch










 
 



Method:

1. First grease the tray or aluminum foil with the ghee. Similarly grease the rolling pin which you’re going to use for flattening the chikki.
2. Warm the nuts in the dry pan.  Let it cool. When it is cooled, roughly chop them and keep it aside.
3. Now heat the pan, add 1/4 tbsp ghee and let it coat the surface slightly.
4. Now add the sugar, when the sugar starts to melt and caramelize.  It has to be light Amber color. 
5. Remove from the stove/flame immediately add a pinch of baking soda and chopped nuts. Mix thoroughly.  This has to be done very quickly.
6. Pour the mixture in the greased tray or foil.
7. Flatten it out using greased rolling pin to 1/2 inch thick.
8. When it is warm draw lines according to desired shape you need.
9. Once it is cooled break into pieces.
10. Store in the air tight container.




Note:

1. Use your favorite nuts and follow the same procedure.
2. You can also use Sesame seeds along with the above nuts. I usually add but this time I did not :(
3. The caramelized sugar is very hot so handle with care.
4. The steps from 5 to 8 has to be done very quickly as it tends to cool very soon.  Then it will be hard time for you to mix the nuts and flatten them.

Ambika  – (March 8, 2012 at 3:44 PM)  

Beautiful post!! Love the chikkis Pavithra, mixed nuts is fabulous! The orange flowers are soooo pretty, Happy Holi to you too!!

Rathai  – (March 8, 2012 at 3:58 PM)  

Happy Holi and Women's Day to you too, Pavithra! Beautiful pictures and lovely recipe. This is one of my favourite sweets.

Sailaja Damodaran  – (March 8, 2012 at 4:24 PM)  

I never use baking soda.What is the use of this?Looks super...

jeyashrisuresh  – (March 8, 2012 at 4:51 PM)  

Fantastic clicks and love the vibrant colour of the flowers. Wonderful and perfect shaped chikkis

Reshmi Mahesh  – (March 8, 2012 at 5:06 PM)  

Beautiful clicks and chikkis look perfect..Happy Holi and women's day to you too..

Spice up the Curry  – (March 8, 2012 at 5:11 PM)  

I always make peanut chikki with jaggery. nevr tried with sugar. I would like to give it a try. let you now how it turns.
SPICE UP THE CURRY

Torviewtoronto  – (March 8, 2012 at 5:28 PM)  

lovely pictures and brittle looks wonderful

Rekha shoban  – (March 8, 2012 at 6:21 PM)  

perfect chikki!!looks colourful!

Athisaya Divya  – (March 8, 2012 at 7:38 PM)  

Chikkis look perfect and very healthy too Pavithra :)

Umm Mymoonah  – (March 8, 2012 at 7:38 PM)  

I love this a lot,chikki's looks perfect.

Anh  – (March 8, 2012 at 7:49 PM)  

Such a beautiful snack! Lovely.

Hamaree Rasoi  – (March 8, 2012 at 8:13 PM)  

Chikkis look simply awesome. Pics are so great that I can almost touch them.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Prathibha  – (March 8, 2012 at 9:01 PM)  

I love these chikkis very much..I always keep a stock of it..

Anu  – (March 8, 2012 at 9:37 PM)  

Colorful pictures for holi. Nice chikkis.

Sadaf Afshan  – (March 8, 2012 at 10:01 PM)  

Happy holi to you too. Lovely clicks as usual.

Sumi  – (March 8, 2012 at 10:27 PM)  

bookmarked the recipe.my son would love it :)

Princy Vinoth  – (March 8, 2012 at 10:49 PM)  

lovely post been looking for one.

Valarmathi Sanjeev  – (March 8, 2012 at 11:25 PM)  

lovely flower pic, liked the color. Chikki looks yummy. Happy Holi and Happy Women's day.

Nagalakshmi V  – (March 9, 2012 at 12:25 AM)  

hey there, it's been a while. just wanted to drop in to say that although i rarely comment, i do watch out for all of your posts and thoroughly ogle at your gorgeous pics :)

radha  – (March 9, 2012 at 4:14 AM)  

Lovely. Never tried with sugar. And with jaggery, keep checking the syrup stage. This seems easier. And why the soda?

VineelaSiva  – (March 9, 2012 at 8:23 AM)  

The mixed nuts brittle looks yummy dear.

Sharmilee! :)  – (March 9, 2012 at 9:19 AM)  

Wow lovely pos for holi...brittle has come put perfect..pretty clicks too!

Aarthi  – (March 9, 2012 at 9:22 AM)  

This looks delicious..Totally YUMMY

Aarthi
http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

Women World  – (March 9, 2012 at 9:27 AM)  

Lovely clicks and chikkis. Its a healthy delight.

Hamsamalini Chandrasekaran,
http://indianyummykitchen.blogspot.com

maha  – (March 9, 2012 at 12:51 PM)  

Oh my god..such a mouthwatering chikki..it looks just awesome...vl try 4 sure....
Maha

Kitchen Flavours  – (March 9, 2012 at 12:53 PM)  

That's an crunchy and yum looking chikki....Happy Holi to u too...

Sunshine And Smile  – (March 9, 2012 at 2:04 PM)  

The hubby loves chikki but i never really made it at home. you make it sounds so easy!
One question though .. why did you add baking soda ?

Pavithra Elangovan  – (March 9, 2012 at 2:39 PM)  

Thanks all :) @ Sailaja, Radha and Kankana - All these years I have not added baking soda, but inspiration of adding Baking soda is from the American brittle I make and I have also seen the reaction that happens to the sugar syrup when baking soda is added when I made this Sponge candy here

http://www.dishesfrommykitchen.com/2011/08/daring-bakers-challenge-august-2011.html

and I felt that it kind of gives you nice crisp texture to the chikki and also you need not struggle with your teeth while giving a bite. So last couple of times I added baking soda and found the difference. The chikki will just melt in your mouth.

Sukanya Ramkumar  – (March 9, 2012 at 3:28 PM)  

My all time fav. Perfect clicks for this holi. YUM!!

Maayeka  – (March 9, 2012 at 11:16 PM)  

Very delicious and perfectly done chikki.loved the idea of adding baking soda..will try adding next time. awesome clicks!!!
Happy Holi to you too dear..

Tummy Delites  – (March 10, 2012 at 12:54 AM)  

Just love the way you present your food. Its so attractive....

Poonam Borkar  – (March 12, 2012 at 10:30 AM)  

OMG..chikki looks so inviting..amazing pictures..you have awesome space..loved it very much..glad to follow u!! :)
Spicy-Aroma

escribble  – (March 12, 2012 at 11:51 AM)  

Hope you had a great holi -- that chikki and photos, looks amazing :)

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

Anu Nandu  – (March 20, 2012 at 12:06 AM)  

Appadiye I want to hug your chikkis and the gorgeous orange flowers - so so pretty!

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