Dry Sweets

Peanut Chikki

Chikki is a traditional Indian sweet made from nuts, jaggery or sugar.there are variations of chikkis made out of cashew nuts, almonds, and pistachios.

I am sharing one more Makar Sankranti recipe, using Peanut & sugar.it’s easy to make at home following instruction carefully.

Ingredients
Peanut 1  cup
Sugar 1 cup
Unsalted Butter/ghee- 1 tbsp

Method
Grease back of plate or chopping board & rolling pin.for flattening chikki mix
Roast Peanut on med heat.in a pan and stir continuously to prevent burning approx 4-5 minutes.remove in a plate cooled down a bit, remove skin of peanut when it’s warm only as skin comes out easily & break into halves or one can use deskinned unsalted & roasted peanuts are available in grocery store.

Heat pan on medium heat. and add sugar and stir continuously till it melts. Cook for another two minutes.and add roasted peanuts and  Mix well and switch off the flame.

Pour this hot mixture into the greased plate or board to flatten it with a flat spatula or roll it using a rolling pin.when its warm only cut them into small square shapes using a knife or pizza cutter and let it cool for some time.When it cools down, separate the chikki with the help of a knife.Peanut Chikki is ready & store in a dry container.

Tips

1) To check a correct consistency of caramel drop sugar mix in cold water.if it forms a ball.It’s ready to use.

 

 

Til Papdi(Sesame Brittle)

MakarSankranti  is celebrated on 14 January every year in many parts of India with some regional variations.It is a harvest festival known by different names. Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Lohri in Punjab, Uttrayan in Gujarat, Bihu in Assam.

Til Papdi or Caramelised sesame seeds is an Indian sweet prepared for the winter festivals Called Makar Sankranti/Lohri etc.At my native place in Bihar, It is eaten with a delicacy include Flattened rice (chura) is clean & soaked in warm milk then add yogurt & Jaggery (gur) or Sugar & accompaniment with sweets made of til (sesame seeds) and seasonal vegetables like Aloo Gobhi Curry Aloo Rassedar.

Ingredients

White Sesame (til) 1 1/3cup

Sugar 1 1/3 cup

Unsalted Butter/ghee 2 tbsp (for greasing)

Method

Dry roast the sesame seeds on medium flame till they are light golden in colour. Remove them from the pan and keep aside in a plate to cool.Heat pan on medium heat. and add sugar and stir continuously till it melts. Cook for another two minutes.and add roasted sesame seeds, Mix well and switch off the flame.

Pour this hot mixture into the greased plate or board to flatten it with a flat spatula or roll it using a rolling pin. Try to make it as thin as possible.Cut them into small square shapes using a knife or pizza cutter and let it cool for some time.When it cools down, separate the square papdi with the help of a knife.Til Papdi is ready & store in a dry container.

Tips

1) To check a correct consistency of caramel drop sugar mix in cold water.if it forms a ball.It’s ready to use.

2)Pour on greased plate or board.flatten with help of greased rolling pin.and cut it into  desired shape..when Sesame mixture is hot only.using sharf knife.once it will cool down u can break only.

 

 

Baby Carrot Burfi

Carrot Burfi or Carrot Fudge is a dense milk based sweet confectionery from India.it’s traditional South Asian Sweet dish (barfi). Flavor of a barfi is often enhanced with fruits & nuts.They are typically cut into square, diamond, or round shapes.  Different types of Barfi vary in their color and texture.check my recipe of  Kesar Burfi .The most popular spice used to flavor Burfi dessert is cardamom & saffron.

Traditionally Carrot Burfi using red carrots.it’s not available here @united states .So I have used orange Baby carrot.This carrot fudge is made with five simple ingredients: grated carrots, ghee, milk, cardamom, and sugar.Garnish this dessert with chopped nuts ,I am using pistachios& almonds.During winter, it’s prepared as Gajar Halwa/carrot pudding check my recipe Gajar Halwa.

Ingredients

2 cups carrot grated

2 cups full fat milk

1/3 cup Khoa(Mawa)

1/2 cup Sugar

2 tbsp ghee

1/4 tsp Cardamom Powder

Pistachio’s & almonds chopped for garnish

Method

In a large heavy bottomed pan add milk to a boil over medium-high heat.and then add carrots to boiling milk Keep stirring occasionally to prevent burning from a bottom.reduce heat to medium flame cook carrot till milk evaporates .around 20-25 minutes it takes.once carrot became like a dough then add khoya ,sugar,ghee & cook a mixture(10 -12 min more) till started leaving ghee from side.turn off flame .add cardamom powder.Greased a square tin or plate and transfer mixture to plate/tin to set Carrot mixture.Garnish with Almonds/pistachio .once it cooled down completely cut into desired shape & serve!!

 

 

Kesar Peda

Ricotta cheese cooked with sugar & saffron ,decorated with Pistachios

ingredients

Ricotta cheese 1 cup

Sugar ¼ cup to taste

Saffron 15 to 20 strands

Warm milk (3 tbsp

Green cardamom powder

Ghee ½ tsp

Pistachios  slivered 10-12

Metho

Soak the saffron strands in hot milk for about 5 minutes and then keep aside. Heat a kadhai and add ricotta cheese next, add in the saffron-milk mix, sugar & cardamom powder.Mix well till sugar dissolve completely.Keep stirring on a low flame till the mixture has thickened. Take off the flame and let it cool downOnce the mixture is cool enough to handle, knead it into a smooth dough. Divide the mixture into equal-sized balls.apply ghee on palm & Lightly press the balls into flat discs and shape them as u like.keep it aside to cool completely.press at the centre of each peda and gently press & decorate with slivered pistachios

Cashewnut laddu

Cashewnut powder cooked in sugar syrup to make a ball.its like a fudge.

ingredient
Cashewnut powder :-200 grams
Sugar:- 3 &1/2 tablespoons
Lukewarm milk:-3 teaspoon
Ghee:-1/4 cup + for greasing
Green cardamom powder 1 teaspoons
method
Heat sugar and 50 ml water in a non-stick pan. Cook till one-string consistency is reached. Add cashew nut powder to sugar syrup. Mix well and switch off heat. keep checking there are no lumps.Add 3 teaspoons milk and mix well. Switch on heat, add ghee and cardamom powder. Mix well and make sure that there are no lumps.Cook till the ghee melts and switch off heat. Set aside for 20 minutes or cool to room temperature. Grease your hands with ghee. Divide mixture into equal portions and shape them into laddoos or any shape as u desired.decorate with any dryfruits(optional)

Coconut Laddoo

Laddoo is an Indian sweet that is often prepared to celebrate festivals or special occasions.It’s easy to make with few ingredients easily available at home.Desiccated coconut mixed with condensed milk to make a ball.one can use fresh grated coconut to make this ladoo.various type of laddoo one can check on my blog Cashewnut laddu Boondi Laddoo Besan Laddu

Ingredients

1 tin  condensed milk

3 ½ cup-4 cups Desiccated coconut powder

Cardamom powder a pinch

Ghee or unsalted butter 1/2 tsp to apply on palm

Method:

Keep aside 1/4th cup coconut powder.Heat a non-stick pan Add remaining coconut powder and  condensed milk and cook on a slow fire till the mixture leaves the sides of pan (approx 5 minutes).add cardamom powder.Cool and roll into small laddoos with buttered (oiled) hands. Roll in coconut powder and serve.

Besan Laddu

Roasted gramflour in ghee & make in a ball shape.

Ingredients
2 cups besan
½ cup ghee
1 cup powdered sugar
4 cardamoms-powdered
Method
dry roast the besan in a kadai or pan on slow flame for about 10-12 mins.keep on stirring continuously so that the besan is not burned and so that there is even browning.melt the ghee and keep aside.add the melted ghee and continue roasting the besan for some more 5-6 minutes stirring continuously.the besan would start to give a nice nutty fragrance and will start releasing ghee.once you get a strong nutty fragrance then switch off the fire.remove the pan from the stove and keep down.add powdered sugar.add the powdered cardamom stir well so that no lumps are formed.once you have mixed the besan ladoo mixture well then let it cool down to room temperature.make small or medium sized besan ladoos and store them in air tight containers.

Boondi Laddoo

Boondis are very small, round deep fried balls that have been soaked in fragrant sugar syrup.

ingredients
Gram flour (Besan) 1 cup
Sugar 1 cup
Water 1/2 cup
Melon seeds-1 tbsp
Raisins 10-12
cardamom powder -1 tsp
crushed saffron strands few
Kewra water few drops(optional)
Unsalted Butter(melted)/ ghee 1/2 tbsp
Oil/ghee for frying
Method
1) make Batter for Boondi
take besan in a bowl ,add little water first & stir properly .now add desired water to make a smooth Batter.
just to check boondi consistency
( we wil fry few Boondi . once u pour with a spoon drop should become round .if it become round it means pouring consistency is absolutely correct)
2) make Sugar syrup
Take a Pan add sugar and water & saffron strands stir once it dissolve let it Boil once it boil put flame on a low
cook the sugar syrup, till it becomes one thread consistency. switch off the flame. keep the sugar solution aside.
(one thread consistency one can check when we Put syrup between index finger & thumb .when we stretch it will be like thread)
the sugar syrup should be hot when we add the boondis.
3)2) heat oil/ghee in a pan ,using perforated ladle drop boondi batter & fry .take it out & drop in hot syrup.
4)add a melon seeds (magaz), cardamom,few drop of kewra water(optional) & ghee/unsalted butter.mix everything properly.
5) apply ghee /Butter make round shape of laddo .
tips
don’t drop batter from height otherwise boondi will not be in round shape
every batch clean ladle using cloth or paper towel from both sides.
make laddoo when its bit hot .u can dip hand in water too.once boondi cools down ,its not easy to make Ladoo

Kesar Burfi

Kesar Burfi or Saffron Milk Fudge is a dense milk based sweet confectionery from India.it’s traditional South Asian Sweet dish (Barfi). Flavor of a barfi is often enhanced with fruits & nuts.They are typically cut into square, diamond, or round shapes. Different types of Barfi vary in their color and texture.The most popular spice used to flavor Burfi dessert is cardamom & saffron.Burfi made with saffron, milk powder & Pistachios.

ingredients

Milk powder(Non-fat) – 1 cup

Powdered sugar – 1/2cup

Unsalted Butter/ghee – 4 tbsp

Milk – 4 tbsp

Saffron strands(soaked)

Green cardamom powder a pinch(optional)

blanched & chopped pistachios (for garnishing)

Method
heat a big heavy bottomed pan add butter.once butter melt .add milk powder, sugar and cook on low flame. Stir continuously so that mixture should be smooth & lump free.
while cooking slowly mixture gets thick in consistency, turn off the flame and pour this mixture over greased plate.smooth top either with a spatula or greased parchment sheet.
sprinkle pistachio on top.keep burfi aside & cool down .cut it in a  desired shape.