Easy-to-prepare and healthy Homemade Chikki recipes

By Dr. Joline Fernandes

Have you been spending thousands of rupees every month on granola bars and the so-called ‘healthy snack bars’? Are you looking for a replacement that is much healthier? I have put together a list of quick recipes using the simplest ingredients available in Goa or most parts of India to satisfy your cravings. These easy-to-prepare snacks are healthy and can be prepared in under an hour. They can be stored in airtight containers and last for about a fortnight easily. They can be customized to suit your tastes. These Chikki recipes are ideal if you are looking to stack your office snack box. They are non-messy and perfect to store at home so that your children can choose healthier options instead of cakes and biscuits.

Healthy Peanut Chikki with Jaggery

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1/2 cup jaggery
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp butter/ghee
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
Steps

  1. Roast, peel, and halve peanuts and keep aside in a glass bowl.
  2. Grease a plate with butter/ghee and keep a butter paper handy if possible.
  3. Add jaggery to a thick-bottom pan with the water and cardamom and simmer until the jaggery melts.
  4. Keep a bowl of water nearby and keep dropping a drop of jaggery every 30-45secs. It needs to reach a ‘hard-ball stage’ which means it turns into a hardball in the water and settles at the bottom of the bowl. Act fast because the hard-ball stage is 30 secs before the burnt jaggery stage.
  5. Strain the syrup (ideally to remove any impurities) over the nuts. Use butter paper and a rolling pin to smoothen the mix on the greased plate. Cut into the desired shape while still hot.

Healthy Ginger Almond Chikki

Ingredients

  • 1 cup roasted and chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup jaggery
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp grated and roasted coconut
Steps

  1. Grease a plate with butter/ghee and keep a butter paper handy if possible.
  2. Add jaggery to a thick-bottom pan with the water and simmer until the jaggery melts.
  3. Keep a bowl of water nearby and keep dropping a drop of jaggery every 30-45secs. It needs to reach a ‘hard-ball stage’ which means it turns into a hardball in the water and settles at the bottom of the bowl.
  4. Add the ginger followed by almonds, sesame, and coconut.
  5. Pour the hot mixture over a wooden cutting board. Wet the rolling pin with a bit of water to prevent the candy from sticking to it. Cut into desired shapes and sizes. Store in an airtight container.

Nutty Honey Jaggery Chikki

Ingredients

  • 1 cup filled to the brim with nuts of your choice ( chopped almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds &/ pistachios). Roast the nuts separately and keep ready
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup jaggery
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom seeds/cinnamon bark powdered
Steps

  1. Make sure you roast the nuts separately because each of them has a different roasting time
  2. In a thick bottomed pan combine the honey, jaggery, and water. Let it simmer
  3. Keep a bowl of ice-cold water nearby and drop in the syrup. Switch off the gas when this syrup's drops form rigid strands in the ice-cold water.
  4. Add the butter and cardamom/cinnamon powder to this mixture.
  5. Place it on the heat again, test the syrup in the ice-cold water after 30 secs or so.
  6. Take it off the heat when the syrup forms hard and brittle threads in the ice-water.
  7. Add the chopped and roasted nuts
  8. Pour the hot mixture over a wooden cutting board. Wet the rolling pin with a bit of water to prevent the candy from sticking to it. Cut into desired shapes and sizes. Store in an airtight container.