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Indian Peanut Chikki or The Brazilian Pé-de-moleque


Peanut Chikki

  • 250 gms peanuts roasted and and outer husk removed
  • 175 gms Jaggery pure Jaggery
  • 2 tsp ghee
  • 1/4 c water

Sesame Chikki

  • 100 gms sesame toasted
  • 100 gms jaggery
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 2 Tbs water


Advance Prep

  1. Take a 6 in baking tin or a plate and line it with a parchment. Coat the parchment paper with some ghee or oil
  2. Take a flat bottomed bowl and coat the base with ghee or oil. This will be used to press the chikki down when its hot.

Peanut Chikki

  1. Begin by heating the ghee in a pan on low medium heat. Add in the jaggery. Stir and let it melt. When it melts completely and is heated through, it will start to bubble on the sides. Let it keep cooking for about a minute, then add in the water.
  2. Mix and let it come to a boil. Allow the water to evaporate completely and the jaggery to thicken again and get a darker hue. Add in the peanuts, in small batches and stir to mix and coat.
  3. Pour on the parchment paper greased with ghee, then tap it down with the base of a bowl that has been coated with ghee as well. The firmer you press the better your chiki will hold.
  4. Allow to cool and then cut.

Sesame Chikki

  1. Same process as peanut chikki.

Don't have roasted and husked peanuts?

  1. If you have raw shelled peanuts, you may quickly roast them in the microwave for about 2 minutes (for 250gms)
  2. and then stir. Put then in for another 2 minute in microwave. Repeat by one minute increments until you see some of the peanuts cracking in the middle. At this point let them cool.
  3. Then put them in a kitchen towel and massage them from outside the towel to remove the skin. Alternately, tie into the towel and beat the bundle on the kitchen counter. When you are done the peanuts will be separated from the skin and you will have perfect halves.

How to toast the sesame seeds?

  1. Heat up a non stick pan and tip the sesame in. Gently stir and toast the sesame seeds on medium heat. As soon as the sesame seeds begin to change color, turn off heat, remove from pan and allow to cool on a baking sheet.