Thursday, June 7, 2012

Nelkadle Chikki (Peanut Brittle Using Jaggery)

Nelkadle Chikki is a popular and tasty sweet. In Konkani, Nelkadlo means peanuts. This Chikki is very simple and easy to make sweet. It requires only 2-3 ingredients. I got this recipe from my mother and in this recipe I have used jaggery. Try making it with jaggery and you will love the taste.

  • Peanut- 1 cup
  • Dark Jaggery/ Antu Bella- 3/4 cup
  • Cardamom Powder- 1/4 tsp
  • Ghee- For greasing 


Take a kadai and start frying the peanuts on a medium flame.

Once it turns slight brown, turn off the heat and allow it to cool.

Now remove the peel and break open the peanuts using your hands (you can as well make a coarse powder of the peanuts). The peanuts are ready to use.

Next step is to melt the jaggery. The jaggery I used looked like this (This jaggery is very soft and is specially used to make ladoos, burfi, chikkis. This jaggery gives good binding and has a distinct taste).

Now start heating the jaggery on a medium flame along with 2-3 Tbsp of water. The jaggery begins to melt and starts boiling. Add cardamom powder to it.

Continue heating till the end point. To know the end point, add 1-2 drops of melted jaggery in a small bowl containing water. The jaggery should form a firm drop and it should turn little hard. Once this consistency is reached, add the roasted split peanuts and mix quickly. Transfer it to a greased plate and spread it.

Allow it to cool for 2-3 minutes. Then mark it into desired shape.

Once it cools completely, remove from the plate using a knife. Nelkadle Chikki is ready!!

Store it in an air tight container.