Mixed Nuts Chikki (Dry Fruit Chikki)

Mixed Nuts Chikki made with lots of dried fruits and jaggery.

This is an easy to make candy recipe that you can try at home during winters.

It’s the Indian version of nut brittle.

mixed nuts chikki in a white bowl and few nuts scattered on the sides and background

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I shared my love affair with chikki in this post of peanut chikki that I shared a year back.

So, I don’t want to repeat myself again but just want to remind you guys that I love chikki, like with all my heart.

If it was left to me, I would eat it pretty much everyday. To me winters always meant munching on chikkis all day long.

In Delhi, we mostly got peanut chikki and that’s the one I really loved.

However once we went to this place called Lonavala (it’s in Maharashtra) and it is known for its chikki.

There were chikki shops everywhere, I was literally in chikki heaven and they had hundreds of varieties.

I didn’t even know so many existed! It’s there that I tried the mixed nuts chikki for the first time. It was made of nuts and jaggery and I absolutely loved it.

Now whenever the craving strikes, I make chikki at home and this time around, I made this Mixed Nuts Chikki.

This Mixed Nuts Chikki

✓ is made of nuts like cashews, almonds and pecans

✓ is a great sweet treat to enjoy during winters

✓ free of refined sugar

✓ made with only 3 ingredients- nuts, jaggery and little bit of ghee

✓ can be made vegan by using coconut oil in place of ghee

The ingredients list to make this chikki is very small. You only need nuts, jaggery and some ghee.

If you don’t know what jaggery is, it is unrefined sugar obtained from raw, concentrated sugarcane juice.

How Long to Cook The Jaggery

The most important thing though is to make sure that the jaggery syrup is cooked to the right stage.

If not your chikki will not have a nice snap to it or you may over cook the syrup in which case it will become super hard.

You have to melt the jaggery and cook until it reaches the right stage which is the hard ball stage.

Hard ball is a stage in candy making. When sugar melts, the water boils away and sugar concentration increases as the temperature increases. Different candies require different temperatures depending on their texture.

For the chikki, we are looking at the hard ball stage which is at 250-265 F.

For this mixed nuts chikki, I cooked until the temperature reached around 260 F degrees and then added the roasted nuts to the jaggery.

chikki placed on a white plate

How to Check The Correct Stage

This is obviously tested best when you have a candy thermometer.

But if you don’t have one, drop some jaggery syrup in a bowl of cold water, it would settle at the bottom and you should be able to form a solid ball out of it.

It will harden to a brittle consistency and would snap. That’s when you know it’s the right stage to add the nuts.

The color of the chikki will depend on the color of the jaggery that you use.

My jaggery was quite dark in color and hence the chikkis are dark too.

Hope you guys give this a try this winter season.

 

Method

1- Chop the nuts and dry roast them for 4 to 5 minutes on medium heat. Remove on a plate.

2- To the same pan add jaggery, water, ghee. Set the heat to low.

3- Jaggery will melt and start to bubble. Once it starts bubbling let it boil for 4 to 5 minutes.

4- Until it reaches hard ball stage at around 260 degrees F. Heat should be low all time.

step by step picture collage of making mixed nuts chikki

5- If you don’t have a thermometer, you can drop some syrup in a bowl of cold water to check the right consistency.

It will solidify and you should be able to form a ball. It will harden as it cools and you should be able to snap it.

6- This is the right stage to add nuts. Stir in the roasted nuts into the pan along with crushed cardamom seeds. You may also add some fennel powder here if you like.

7- Mix until the nuts are coated with the jaggery syrup.

8- Transfer mixture to a sheet of parchment paper. Place another sheet of parchment paper on top and using a rolling pin, roll between the two sheets to 1/4 inch thickness.

You may make some indentation with a knife where you plan to cut the pieces since once it hardens it might become difficult to cut it into clean pieces.

step by step picture collage of making mixed nuts chikki

Let it cool down and then cut into pieces. Store mixed nuts chikki in an air tight container and enjoy as a snack!

mixed nuts chikki in a white bowl and few nuts scattered on the sides and background

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Mixed Nuts Chikki

mixed nuts chikki in a white bowl and few nuts scattered on the sides and background
Manali
Mixed Nuts Chikki made with nuts like cashews, almonds and jaggery. This is the Indian version of nut brittle and a must make during winters! It is also refined sugar free.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 16 pieces
Calories 93 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup chopped nuts 140 grams, I used a mix of cashews, almonds and pecans
  • 3/4 cup powdered jaggery 100 grams
  • 1 tablespoon water 15 ml
  • 1/2 tablespoon ghee or use coconut oil
  • 3-4 green cardamom pods seeds removed and crushed

Instructions
 

  • Chop the nuts and dry roast them for 4 to 5 minutes on medium heat. Remove on a plate.
  • To the same pan add jaggery, water, ghee. Set the heat to low.
  • Jaggery will melt and start to bubble. Once it starts bubbling let it boil for 4 to 5 minutes until it reaches hard ball stage at around 260 degrees F. Heat should be low all time.
  • If you don't have a thermometer, you can drop some syrup in a bowl of cold water to check the right consistency.
    It will solidify and you should be able to form a ball. It will harden as it cools and you should be able to snap it.
  • This is the right stage to add nuts. Stir in the roasted nuts into the pan along with crushed cardamom seeds. You may also add some fennel powder here if you like.
    Mix until the nuts are coated with the jaggery syrup.
  • Transfer mixture to a sheet of parchment paper. Place another sheet of parchment paper on top and using a rolling pin, roll between the two sheets to 1/4 inch thickness.
    You may make some indentation with a knife where you plan to cut the pieces since once it hardens it might become difficult to cut it into clean pieces.
  • Let it cool down and then cut into pieces. Store mixed nuts chikki in an air tight container and enjoy as a snack!

Notes

  1. Be very careful about getting the right stage of the jaggery syrup else your chikki will be soft and you don't want that. You want it to have a nice snap.
  2. You may also add fennel powder or other spices you like to add some flavor. I have only added cardamom here. 

Nutrition

Calories: 93kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 1mgPotassium: 36mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
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