This time I wanted to do something very easy and simple for the festival. I am not a great sweet tooth person and not confident in churning out mithais or sweets for a festival that is not just a 'festival of lights' but of rich sweets as well. So I browsed through sites and made a simple dry fruit chikki from Sanjeev Kapoor. ITs not ghee laden but full of nuts and even rose petals. Simple to make and hearty and festive.
Almonds: 1/2 cup chopped
Pistachios: 1/2 cup chopped
Cashew Nuts: 1/2 cup chopped
Ghee: 1.5 tbsp + more for greasing
Sugar: 3/4 -1 cup for a very sweet chikki
Saffron strands : few
Cardamom: few pinches
Dried Rose petals: 1-2 tbsp
Chop all the nuts and roast them lightly in the oven or stovetop. Grease a thali/tray/counter top with ghee.Also grease a rolling pin with ghee. I actually placed butter paper on my countertop and lightly spread ghee.
Heat 1.5 tbsp of ghee in a deep wide pan and mix in saffron strans, few pinches of cardamom power & sugar. Cook till the sugar turns into a light brown syrup. Remove from heat and then mix in the nuts.Immediately spread the mix onto the greased worktop/thali/butterpaper and sprinkle the rosepetals on top.
With the greased rolling pin spread in out into a layer of 1 cm thickness. You can actually place it between sheets of waxed paper and roll it out.
While slightly warm make marks with knife on the chikki. When cool cut these along the marks into smaller pieces.
Serve along with other sweets -store bought or homemade as such.
You can also crush the pieces and use as a topping/ingredient for icecream or even use as an ingredient in frosting.They are as good as such and also a make a healthy lunchbox or anytime snack as well. They are not ghee laden -barely 2 tbsp of ghee is used in total.
Have a perfect, sweet healthy and yummy DIWALI