Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Almond Chikki! (Squares)


I used lot of almonds this Deepavali! I like this nut. Good fat and it can blend with anything. We are fond of kadala urundai which is made with peanuts and jaggery. I thought of making them with Almonds for a change. This sweet requires no ghee.


What you need?

whole Almonds-7.5 cups
Jaggery-2.5 cups
(Ratio for Almonds to Jaggery is 3:1)
dry ginger powder-1/2 tsp (optional)
Cardomom powder-1/4 tsp
salt-1 pinch

How to make?

Prep work:
Coarsely grind almonds (it must be half), you will get different sizes and some powder too but that is fine.

Recipe:

1.Boil Jaggery in half cup water till it dissolves completely . Filter dirt.
2. In a clean kadai, add the filtered jaggery and boil it till it becomes thick. Consistency should be if you pour the jaggery with a laddle, it should form two strings.
3. Add the coarse almonds into the jaggery and mix them. Add dry ginger powder if using and cardomom powder. Mix well.
4. I poured into the thin baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Press that with a flat laddle all over, let it rest for a while(2 hrs). Cut them into desired shapes.

Tip:

If the jaggery becomes too thick while boiling, add water and boil it again till the right consistency.

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