(Last Updated On: January 13, 2018)

 

Peanut Sesame Chikki | Moongfali aur Til ki Chikki | Peanut Sesame Candy/bar

As an Indian, whenever I think of winters one of the first things that come to my mind is the Peanut Sesame Chikki (Monngfali aur Til ki Chikki). For those of you who don’t know, Chikki is a sweet candy/bar made out of jaggery or sugar.

In India, specially in the central and northern areas, one can find many varieties of chikki. But the most popular ones are “Moongfali ki Chikki” (peanut chikki/ peanut bar or peanut candy), “Til Patti or Til ki Chikki” (sesame chikki or sesame bar/sesame candy). The winter markets in India will be full of vendors selling these chikkies in shops and carts (popularly known as “Thelas”)

Why is Monongfali aur Til ki Chikki (Peanut Sesame Chikki / Peanut Sesame Candy ) so popular in winters??

In winters our body requires more energy to keep us warm. Food items like peanuts, sesame, and jaggery, provide heat to the body during winters.

Also, all the three ingredients are rich sources of various vitamins and minerals which are required by the body during winters.
In winters we tend to eat more oils and fats. Peanuts are a good source of unsaturated fatty acids which keep the cholesterol in check. They are also a good source of many vitamins and proteins. Peanuts are hard to break down, hence the body produces more heat while digestion.
Even though jaggery has the same calorific value as that of sugar, but it had many benefits. To begin with, it is also made from sugarcane juice and it is the unrefined form of sugar. And we know that unrefined/unpolished form of any food item is always better. Jaggery is a rich source of iron. It also helps in boosting immunity, in liver detoxing and in curing constipation. As per Ayurveda, jaggery has a hot potency and hence, provides heat (warmth to the body)
Sesame seeds also help in boosting immunity. They are good for the heart as well. Sesame is also good for skin nourishment and hence, an ideal option for winters.

Ingredients for the Peanut Sesame Chikki/ Peanut Sesame Candy (Moongfali aur Til ki Chikki)

Peanuts (Moongfali) – 1 1/2 cups
Sesame Seeds (Til) – 1/2 cup
Jaggery (Gur)- 1 Cup (Press the jaggery in the measuring cup so that all the air is out)
Baking Soda – 1/4 teaspoon
Ghee/clarified butter – 1 teaspoon
Cardamom Powder – 3/4 teaspoon
Water – 1 teaspoon
A pinch of salt

Peanut Sesame Chikki | Moongfali aur Til ki Chikki | Peanut Sesame Candy/bar

Cooking Time: 30-35 minutes
Servings: 14-18 (square shaped) pieces

How to make Peanut Sesame Chikki (Moongfali aur Til ki Chikki)

Though the Peanut Sesame Chikki Recipe requires only a few ingredients, it is a very technical recipe. Hence, I have divided the recipe into various stages.

(A) Roasting the Peanuts

  1. Roast 1 1/2 cup peanuts in a frying pan/wok for about 10-12 minutes on medium heat. Avoid roasting the peanuts on high heat, as they will burn from outside but still won’t turn crunchy inside.
  2. When the peanuts begin to roast, they start crackling and cracking in the middle.
  3. Once the peanuts are roasted, set them aside and let them cool.
  4. Once cooled, crush the peanuts between your hands to remove the skin.
  5. Shake the peanuts in a sieve to remove all skin from the peanuts.
  6. Break the peanuts into halves.

(B)Roasting the Sesame Seeds

  1. Roast 1/2 cup sesame seeds in a wok on medium heat for about 4-5 minutes.
  2. Keep stirring continuously as sesame seeds change color very fast.
  3. Once they turn light brown turn off the heat.
  4. Cool the sesame seeds.

(C) Melting the Jaggery

  1. Put 1 cup of jaggery and 1 teaspoon of water in a wok and heat on low flame.
  2. After about a minute or so jaggery will start to melt. If your jaggery is too hard, it may take some time to melt, but that is okay.
  3. Keep stirring the jaggery continuously and on low heat.
  4. Stir and cook for approx 5-7 minutes.
  5. Now add the baking soda, ghee cardamom powder and salt and stir.
    5, Once the jaggery starts bubbling/ boiling, check if it is ready and of the right consistency

(D) Check if the jaggery is ready

1.Once the jaggery starts bubbling/boiling, pour a few drops in a cup of cold water. After a few seconds, check if the consistency of the drop. If it’s soft and chewy then the jaggery is not ready.
2. Repeat this procedure every 45 secs to 1 min. Once the jaggery starts boiling it changes consistency very quickly.
3. When you pour a few drops of the boiling jaggery in a cup water, these should settle at the bottom of the cup. These drops should be hard and when you eat them they should be crunchy and not chewy.

Peanut Sesame Chikki

When the jaggery is ready it will settle at the bottom. I will be crunchy and will not stick to the teeth

(E) Assembling the Peanut Sesame Chikki

  1. When the jaggery is of the right consistency, mix in the roasted peanuts and sesame seeds.
  2. Pour the mixture onto a baking paper.
  3. Cover the mixture with another baking paper.
  4. Roll really quickly with the help of a rolling-pin.
  5. Once rolled remove the upper layer of baking sheet and cut the Peanut Sesame Chikki in either squares or rectangles while hot.
  6. Let the chikki cool down.
  7. Once cooled, the Peanut Sesame Chikki (Peanut Sesame Candy) is ready to be eaten.
Peanut sesame chikki

I have put the peanut, sesame and jaggery mix in between two baking paper sheets and rolled it out

 

Certain tips for making Peanut Sesame Chikki (Peanut Sesame Candy)

1.Roast the peanuts and sesame properly, otherwise they will taste raw and the chikki will not turn out crunchy.
2. Don’t roast the sesame seeds and peanuts together, as sesame seeds get roasted faster than the peanuts.
3. Keep the rolling-pin and the first layer of baking sheet ready. You can also roll the Peanut Sesame Chikki on a rolling board or kitchen counter. Just grease the board/counter and the roller pin with ghee and you are ready to go. Make sure all the equipment is greased and ready for use.
4. As mentioned earlier, once the jaggery starts boiling its consistency changes really fast. So, if you have not worked with jaggery before, it’s better to check the consistency every 20-25 secs to be doubly sure.
4. Once the jaggery reaches the desired consistency, it is very important to work quickly. So keep the peanuts and the sesame seeds handy, and the rolling apparatus ready.
5. Once you start mixing the peanuts and sesame seeds in jaggery, you will feel that the mixture has already started hardening.
6. After giving a quick mix, immediately roll the mixture. In case of even a slight delay, it would become difficult to roll the mixture.
7. Last but not the least, cut the chikki into pieces while it is hot. If you try cutting it after its cooled it might break.

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Peanut Sesame Chikki (Peanut Sesame Candy) is the perfect and healthier alternative for all the sweet cravings of winter.

You can print the recipe here:

Moongfali aur Til ki Chikki | Peanut Sesame Chikki | Peanut Sesame Candy
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Recipe type: Dessert, Sweet, Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 14-18 (square shaped) pieces
 
Peanut Sesame Chikki/ Peanut Sesame Candy is a popular wintertime Sweet in India. It's very nutritious and loaded with vitamins, minerals, and proteins.
Ingredients
  • Peanuts - 1½ cups
  • Sesame Seeds - ½ cup
  • Jaggery - 1 Cup
  • Baking Soda - ¼ teaspoon
  • Ghee/clarified butter - 1 teaspoon
  • Cardamom Powder - ¾ teaspoon
  • Water - 1 teaspoon
  • A pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Though the Peanut Sesame Chikki Recipe requires only a few ingredients, it is a very technical recipe. Hence, I have divided the recipe into various stages.
  2. (A) Roasting the Peanuts
  3. Roast 1½ cup peanuts in a frying pan/wok for about 10-12 minutes on medium heat. Avoid roasting the peanuts on high heat, as they will burn from outside but still won't turn crunchy inside.
  4. When the peanuts begin to roast, they start crackling and cracking in the middle.
  5. Once the peanuts are roasted, set them aside and let them cool.
  6. Once cooled, crush the peanuts between your hands to remove the skin.
  7. Shake the peanuts in a sieve to remove all skin from the peanuts.
  8. Break the peanuts into halves.
  9. (B)Roasting the Sesame Seeds
  10. Roast ½ cup sesame seeds in a wok on medium heat for about 4-5 minutes.
  11. Keep stirring continuously as sesame seeds change color very fast.
  12. Once they turn light brown turn off the heat.
  13. Cool the sesame seeds.
  14. (C) Melting the Jaggery
  15. Put 1 cup of jaggery and 1 teaspoon of water in a wok and heat on low flame.
  16. After about a minute or so jaggery will start to melt. If your jaggery is too hard, it may take some time to melt, but that is okay.
  17. Keep stirring the jaggery continuously and on low heat.
  18. Stir and cook for approx 5-7 minutes.
  19. Now add the baking soda, ghee cardamom powder and salt and stir.
  20. , Once the jaggery starts bubbling/ boiling, check if it is ready and of the right consistency
  21. (D) Check if the jaggery is ready
  22. Once the jaggery starts bubbling/boiling, pour a few drops in a cup of cold water. After a few seconds, check if the consistency of the drop. If it's soft and chewy then the jaggery is not ready.
  23. Repeat this procedure every 45 secs to 1 min. Once the jaggery starts boiling it changes consistency very quickly.
  24. When you pour a few drops of the boiling jaggery in a cup water, these should settle at the bottom of the cup. These drops should be hard and when you eat them they should be crunchy and not chewy.
  25. (E) Assembling the Peanut Sesame Chikki
  26. When the jaggery is of the right consistency, mix in the roasted peanuts and sesame seeds.
  27. Pour the mixture onto a baking paper.
  28. Cover the mixture with another baking paper.
  29. Roll really quickly with the help of a rolling-pin.
  30. Once rolled remove the upper layer of baking sheet and cut the Peanut Sesame Chikki in either squares or rectangles while hot.
  31. Let the chikki cool down.
  32. Once cooled, the Peanut Sesame Chikki (Peanut Sesame Candy) is ready to be eaten

Here are few images for Pinterest

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6 Comments

Alok Singhal · January 10, 2018 at 2:36 pm

One of my favorites in winters. I had them few days back as well 🙂

Megala · January 11, 2018 at 11:16 am

Love these Desi energy bars !

pavani · January 12, 2018 at 10:05 pm

in theingedrients u mentioned 1/2 cup jaggery but in the procudure u wrote it 1 cup of jaggery. Is it a mistake ????
just wanting to let u know

    Prajakta Pendharkar · January 13, 2018 at 2:40 am

    Hi Pavani.. thanks for letting me know.. it’s 1 cup jaggery. I will correct it right away.. thanks once again 🙂

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