KAPPALANDI MUTTAI/CHIKKI/ PEANUT PRALINE

IMG_8845Belated happy friendship day everyone. Although I believe we don’t need special days to celebrate friendships but still no harm in celebration right?

I chose this recipe for friendship day post because it is mark of everything that friends do. Like this recipe friends share a sweet bond. The nutty nature of the peanut resembles the different personality of each friend. The jaggery syrup acts like the cohesive bond that is known as friendship.

Kappalandi muttai as is famously known in Kerala is a common snack found in many shops. It is also known as ‘chikki’ and is very famous in Lonavala – a lovely hill station near Pune. It is very simple to be made at home. Do try it for yourself.

INGREDIENTS:

Peanuts/ Ground nuts – 1 cup

Powdered Jaggery – 1/2 cup

Water – 1/4 cup

Cardamom Powder – 1/4 tsp (Optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Dry roast peanuts and keep aside.
  2. In a heavy bottom pan, take clean powdered jaggery with water. Keep stirring at intervals
  3. Bring it to a boil and keep boiling till nice and thick.
  4. Take a bowl with room temperature water.
  5.  Drop a little syrup into the water.
  6. With your fingers try to make a ball of the dropped syrup.
  7. If the figure stays then your syrup is ready.
  8. Now add the peanuts and mix properly.
  9. Place a baking paper in a plate. Grease a baking paper with oil or butter.
  10. Spoon the peanut mixture and spread evenly.
  11. Let it cool down completely.

Break it down and enjoy. Store it in air tight container.

TIPS:

  1. In case you do not have clean jaggery, when the jaggery is all melted and comes to a boil strain it. Again place it on stove to thicken the syrup.
  2. You can also make ladoos instead of the praline. For that, oil your hands and when the mixture is bearably hot make balls and keep aside.

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