Peanut Sesame Chikki or Bars or Brittles are healthy and delicious, crunchy no bake bars that can be prepared in less than 30 minutes. As they travel well, they are perfect for satisfying your snack cravings and act as energy boosters when you are on the move.
Sesame seeds are called 'til' or 'teelu', and peanuts are also called as 'ground nuts' or nelkadlo or shenga. Traditionally these chikkis are prepared using jaggery in India. It is believed that by offering til (sesame seeds) to maa durga on 9th day of navratri in form of naivedyam (bhog) and then partaking it in form of prasadam relives the fear of death and prevents from any accidents for the devotees. More details on navratri coming up soon 🙂
Sesame seeds / Til are very good source of copper and manganese. They are high in proteins, reduce blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, prevents cancer and diabetes and are very good for your skin and hair too. Peanuts are good source of fiber and proteins. It also reduces the risk of heart diseases and diabetes.
Generally peanut chikki and sesame chikki are prepared separately and even in stores they come in different packs. I have combined the two in one as I love both of them and it tastes amazing together. You can also add in cashews, almonds, pistachios to the same if desired. I have added honey in my recipe. If you are vegan substitute it with agave nectar. I have used roasted peanuts and sesame seeds (til) in my recipe. Make sure you roast them, if it is not done already, by sauteing it on medium flame till you get nice aroma for about 4 minutes.
Preparation time : 20 minutes
Serves : 20 to 30 chikkis or mini bars (varies depending on the size of the bars)
Ingredients for Peanut Sesame Chikki
Honey / Agave nectar - 2 tbsp
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Sugar - ½ cup
Toasted sesame seeds - ½ cup
Roasted peanuts - ½ cup
Salt - ¼ tsp
Steps to prepare Peanut Sesame Chikki
- Grease a square plate or baking pan with butter or oil and keep it aside. You can also use parchment paper.
- I have used roasted peanuts and sesame seeds in my recipe. If you do not have roasted peanuts or til, make sure you roast them separately on a medium flame for about 4 to 5 minutes till you get nice aroma.
- In a heavy bottom pan on medium heat, add honey, lemon juice and sugar bring it to a simmer and wait till it develops light golden (amber) color. This will take about 4 - 6 minutes. Stir gently only if needed. Stirring continuously or vigorously can result in crystallization of sugar.
- Immediately add sesame seeds, peanuts, salt and stir quickly.
- Transfer this to a greased plate and using a greased rolling pin spread out the mixture to desired thickness (about 1 cm thick).
- Let it cool down for about 5 minutes and then using a greased knife cut them into bars of desired shape and size. Doing so at this stage ensures that you get clean cuts.
- Let it cool completely. Then store them in air tight container.
- Peanut sesame Chikki is now ready. Serve as desired and enjoy.
- It is easy for sugar to burn after it melts and starts changing color. So do not go away once you start the process 🙂
- I generally love to transfer the mixture once done to a wax / parchment paper so that I can roll it to desired thickness, and makes cleaning up easier.
- If you do not want to grease you rolling pin, then place another sheet of wax paper on top of the mixture and roll. Then remove it carefully.
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