Peanut treats(Chikki)

This dish was in my draft for a very long time. I thought it is the best time to post it since Ganesh Chaturthi is just 3 days away. These pictures were taken at my native by my brother when aayi prepared these.

When we were kids, my aayi would prepare these delicious treats in a big batch and we would munch on these for many days. The aroma that comes out of this when the peanuts are roasted, then mixed with sugar and cardamom is just amazing. Aayi would make these and spread on a board and then Pappa would cut them in neat pieces. They would give us the shapeless pieces from the sides – the diamond/square shaped ones were saved in air tight containers to be eaten later. My brother and I always loved to eat these when they were still warm, Yummm :).

1 cup peanuts
1 cup sugar
3 tea spns ghee
1/2 tea spn cardamom powder

Roast the peanuts on a medium flame. Remove the skin and make a coarse powder.
Heat ghee, add sugar. Heat on a medium/low flame, mixing it continuously. When all sugar melts down, immediately add the peanut powder. Remove from heat and mix well.
Grease a plate/cutting board with ghee, pour this mixture on top, roll into a big round. Cut them immediately.

Preparation time : 15mins

PS: The sugar should not be heated for long. Once it melts down, immediately the peanut powder should be added.
Mixture should not be allowed to cool before spreading. If it cools a bit, it cannot be spread and once it reaches this point, you cannot bring it to normal again.

These can also be made with jaggery. When jaggery is used, do not use ghee, the whole process takes more time since jaggery needs to be heated till it has the right consistency. After heating the jaggery, put a drop of it in a bowl of water. If the drop sits like a solid drop in water, then you have the right consistency. Other steps are same as above. At my home, sugar version is more popular. When we want to make with jaggery, we use molasses(the black colored liquid jaggery), if the solid version that is available here is used, heat it with little water to avoid any burning.

I am sending this to Lakshmi’s Ganesh festival event

56 thoughts on “Peanut treats(Chikki)”

  1. Hi shilpa
    My granny used to prepare these delicious chikki. I think instead of sugar she used to add jaggery. Only i had an experience of eating this one. But now i will definitely try this one!!!!

  2. Wow….I was waiting to eat this since long. Will try tonight. I liked the way it is rolled, so well and perfect round. Thanks Shilpa.

  3. Hi Shilpa,
    Thanks for this receipe. We were purchasing this from any stores and always me & my brother used to fight for this to have big pieces!!! Now let me try this for Ganesha festival…. 🙂

    Thanks once again….
    Wish you a very happy Ganesha & Gowri festival…

  4. yummy!!! i love anything that has groundnuts in it. one of my best memories while travelling from bangalore to mumbai is the lonavla chikki barrage that would start as the train approached bombay.

    btw, we’re (my amma and i write a food blog) rounding up all treats for ganesha. we’d love to have this as an entry.

  5. Shilpa,
    Peanut Chikki is indeed a all time favourite snack!As kids too we used to buy from shop, plus anyone going around Lonavala, we ensured to get our share from the lovely chikkis that we get from there. I remember keeping away the other varieties (coconut, cashew etc) aside to pick on the peanut ones! Making peanut chikki at home is something which needs applaud! Thks for posting ..shall give it a try for my kids! Yes..the aroma and taste + after taste is exotic..out of this world!

  6. Hi Shilpa..Thanks a lot for this since all in our family are big fans of chikki? Can jaggery be used instead of sugar??

    Shilpa: Yes, you can use jaggery

  7. YAY! I remember eating lot of Chikkis in Hubli and Belgaum.The one I get here is so hard and like glass to bite. Thanks for posting this, will try!
    Happy Gowri-Ganesha habba Shilpa!:)

  8. We make it with jaggery too. My mother-in-law taught me to make these and one tip she gave me was that when you are learning to make it you should make really small batches so its easier to roll out and faster too. That tip has been very useful for me.

  9. Whne I travelled from Bombay to Pune via
    Deccan Queen Express, I used to buy “chikkis” from Lonawanda Station.
    Vry delicious indeed. Also, when I went
    to movies when I was a kid (especially matinees), I used to take chikkis to eat
    after the movie was screened. My wife will make it for me for Ganesh Chathurthi. Thanx for a grear recipe.
    Will be Yummy, Yummy!!!

  10. Wow Shilpa here you go reviving yet another old recipe. Thankyou for the energy bar. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you and your husband.

    My mother used to make one khatkhate (The ‘T’ is pronounced as Tomato )when we were small it is a Goan chikki made with lots of coconut, jaggery etc.. This is not to be confused with khatkhate the vegetable stew.

    Your recipes really bring back fond memories. Hats off to you.

  11. Hi!Shilpa,
    We can have have variations of other dry fruit coarsely grounded instead of peanuts. When made with jaggery it has more nutritional value too.

  12. Hi Shilpa,

    Thanks for this yummy recipe. Reminds me of Lonavala Chikkis… question though can i use cashews instead of peanuts to make Cashewnut Chikki? my hubby loves it….
    Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

  13. I made two different varieties today, one using cashews and the other with almonds and pistas. I followed the same recipe. It was excellent. I got the same taste of the lonavala chikkis.

  14. Hi shilpa,

    Thanks yaar for the recipe. I’m going to try out my favorite chikki during this weekend.

    Will be using jaggery and here we get only the solid ones… so need i use water to melt it faster?

    Thanks and Regards,

  15. Mrs Gaurii Anant Bhosle

    Excellent one!! This is something that i just tried. Your recipe is amazing and since i had ready crushed groundnuts it just took 12minutes over all to make it. My Husband will definately like it. To add to the flavor i did sprinkled decicated coconut and some crushed nuts. Try this. Its WoW!!!

  16. Dear Shilpa,

    Thank you very much for the reciepe…. Keep up the good work. It might sound wierd to you if I say that I am a 29 year old guy, but the only reason which attracts me to this website is because of my intrest in cooking. I was not sure about sugar chikkis and used to prepare only chikkis with jaggery, however after checking your recipe i will try to make chikkis tonight. Thank you once again.

  17. Hi shilpa
    this is the only recipe that failed for me.I put ghee and put sugar.It did not melt for 3 /4 minuted then i added little water and sugar became balls so i added more water and made was a big flop.Can you tell how much time i shud wait for the sugar to melt?

    Shilpa: It deinitely takes more than 3-4mins. Don’t try to rush it, let it do its thing and it will melt.

  18. Hi Shilpa
    i read chikki recipe and understand that liquid glucose is also added along with other ingredients. pl tell me the ratio and reasons why it is added ?

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  19. Hi
    This is srinivas from sangam foods Madurai tamilnadu India .we are mfrs of chikkis . We are expecting job work orders from ur company pls send deatils through mail or u can give the call 09443552059.

  20. Hi Shilpa,

    Thank you so much for this receipy. I thought the process to be very tough but you made it look very simple, i haven’t implemented thouht, but still the process seems to be easy. will try it tonight 😉 Thanks again, will look forward for more such good receipy 🙂

  21. Hi Shilpa,
    As i am about to start preparing sweets for diwali, i browsed ur sweets section.I happened to see these chikkis.I am very fond of eating chikkis.I didnt know making chikki will be simple.I havent tried it ,but i want thank you for giving this recipe.
    You mother must be a wonderful cook.The photos look very tempting.
    I will try it today.
    Thank you once again for giving this wonderful recipe.

  22. Wow! Thanks a lot, I was searching for this recipe, will try it in the weekend. Any idea how Dharwad peda is made? It’s my daughter’s favourite and we don’t get it here.

  23. Good recipe. If I need to use liquid molasses what is the quantity that needs to be used and also what kind of molases -dark or light?

  24. Arpitha Upadhyaya

    I just tried your recipe and it came out perfect.
    Thanks for giving such good instructions…

    Thanks a million,

  25. Arpitha Upadhyaya

    I just tried and it came out perfect..
    Thanks a million for the brilliant job..
    Continue the good work…


  26. hi shilpa,
    i m a regular at ur blog….infact i like most of ur recipes….whenever i think of trying any new dish,i make it a point to check your method of the recipe and try ur recipe itself….because i find it more reliable :)i have been thinking of making groundnut chikki for a very long time….and i found ur version of the same easy and i am goin to try it….thanks for the recipes!!!!!!!!!!

  27. I am an engineer working for a research organisation. I am basically from a small village in tamilnadu but later due to work nature had to travel all over the world. This is one sweet i ever love in my life after Thirupathi laddu.I always no that its too difficult to make tirupati laddu more over none can imitate it.But coming to kadali mittai i always used to get a sudden urge to make it , immediately i will rush to home from office and will try making it like a mad dog due its inherent nature of appearing as quiet simple sweet to make.But at the end of the day I end up with either hard burfi (groundnut mixed with jaggary) or too dilute without any crispiness. i would have done so much of research on it so far.i found ur receipe can be useful at the same time i dont believe that water shud not be added. i think water shud be added . but i dont know the right time of mixing groundnut and pouring on the pan.can any one throw some light on it.

  28. I tried it just now

    its delecious n yummy

    my kids liked it alot

    thanku for sharing easy n yummy chikki receipe

  29. hi .i havent try chikki ever. wld love to try this for sur. my question is can i use ghee in jaggeri chikki? pla help me solve my problem.

  30. Hi Shilpa,

    Thanks for such an easy and tasty chikki recipe. My kids are very fond of it. I have shared your recipe on my blog. Would love to try this recipe using jaggery.

  31. Hi,

    Thanks for the recipe, can you please advise what is the ratio of molasses to peanuts if someone is using liquid molasses. Also is there any special procedure when doing with molasses.


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