During winters most of the food stores have their windows and shelves displayed with these yummy Winter sweet treats; Chikkis and Gajaks! These are sweets that are made especially during winters. Jaggery is the base for these sweets and they come in a huge variety like; sesame, peanuts, almonds etc.
These are not only tasty but said to be extremely healthy during the cold winter season. They are known by different names in different regions in India but enjoyed by all Indians! However, besides us Indians, the people of Brazil, also make something similar and they call it Pé-de-moleque, while in Paraguay, it is called Ka’í Ladrillo (sounds like ladoo doesn’t it?)
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Gajak which is mostly found in North India is slightly different from Chikki. While Gajak is made of jaggery or sugar in powder form, Chikki is made from the melted liquid jaggery. Gajak is also softer than Chikki. Another variety known as Patti is also made with jaggery but has elaichi and ghee in it. While Chikkis are less complicated to make and are known as the the modern adaptation of Gajak, Gajak is prepared with sesame seeds and jaggery (or cane sugar) and the method of preparation is time-consuming. It takes almost about 10-15 hours to prepare a 5-8 kg gajak. The dough is hammered until all sesame seeds break down and release their oil into the dough.
In Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, Chikki is called Layyiya Patti and the Sindhis call it Layee or Lai. Whatever the name, this is one of the most delicious winter treats!
Here’s our pick of some of the favorite ones
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The most loved and basic among the Chikkis is the peanut or Moongfali Chikki. Made with roasted peanuts and jaggery
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This is made of sesame seeds and jaggery and is full of iron, which is required to maintain healthy hemoglobin levels. It’s extremely healthy besides being yummy!
Dry Fruit Chikki
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The Dry Fruit Chikki is another must try. It’s got the goodness of healthy dry fruits like almonds, cashew nuts and walnuts and jaggery.
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These have real edible rose petals in them and look very pretty!
Swap those chocolates with these healthy sweet treats this winter!
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